Both Latics and the Seasiders looking to record their first wins of the 2014-15 Sky Bet Championship campaign.
- First Lancashire derby of the campaign
- Latics looking to improve recent record against the Tangerines
- Blackpool lost opening four competitive games
This Lancashire derby has more at stake than usual with both clubs looking to kick-start their seasons after disappointing starts.
As hotly anticipated as ever before, Uwe Rosler and his side are hoping to be backed by a bumper crowd at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon and tickets
are still available to see if Latics can move up the Sky Bet Championship table.
The visitors have won four of the last five meetings between the two sides but it’s Latics who edge the head-to-head record with 14 wins compared to Blackpool’s 12 whilst there have also been nine draws.
Arguably two of Latics’ most disappointing results in the 2013-14 campaign came against the Tangerines.
First up was a trip to Bloomfield Road in October as Thomas Ince’s strike gave the hosts all three points on an afternoon where Latics were reduced to ten men with James McClean seeing red in second-half stoppage time, though that decision was later overturned.
In April, a desperate Blackpool came to the DW Stadium in search of three valuable points whilst Latics knew a win would all-but secure their place in the Play-Offs of the Sky Bet Championship.
And it was the Seasiders, managed by caretaker boss Barry Ferguson, who took great strides in their battle for survival as Andy Keogh and Stephen Dobbie scored in the second-half after Martyn Waghorn had earlier missed a first-half penalty for Latics.
THIS TIME AROUND
A pre-season full of transition has seen Blackpool recruit 19 players under new boss Jose Riga after their 2013-14 squad was decimated with players’ contracts expiring with the likes of Tom Ince and Harrison McGahey leaving for a tribunal-set fee.
The Tangerines’ start to the season has been difficult and Riga will need time to bed in his new players after four defeats out of four in competitive matches.
Seven goals have been shipped in four games whilst only two have been scored in the end with new additions Tomasz Cywka and Nathan Delfouneso contributing.
For Latics, the story is not too dissimilar, positive performances at Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City returned nothing after an opening day draw with Reading.
Back-to-back home games provide Rosler and players with the perfect opportunity to move back up the Sky Bet Championship table.
MAN TO WATCH – NATHAN DELFOUNESO
Former Aston Villa man Nathan Delfouneso will be tasked with scoring enough goals to secure the Seasiders’ top-flight status after joining for a third spell with the club in the summer.
The Villa youth graduate scored nine goals in 50 appearances for the Villans over a six-year period in which time he enjoyed five different loan spells.
Time with Leicester City and Burnley was followed by a successful spell with the Tangerines during the 2012-13 season when he scored seven goals in 43 appearances.
He re-joined at the start of the 2013-14 campaign but failed to score in 11 appearances before joining Coventry City for the second-half of the season.
Released by Villa in the summer, the 23-year-old will hope to reignite a once promising career in the Championship.