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Blackpool vs. Swansea

Bloomfield Road

9th Dec 2006

3pm

Blackpool vs Swansea

Kenny Jackett will be looking for a much improved performance tomorrow as his side play their third away game in a week.

The Swans' boss will receive a major boost however as Lee Trundle and Izzy Iriekpen return from injury and will travel with the rest of the squad.

Vital Quotes:

Kenny Jackett: 'The real Swansea didn't turn up against Brighton

'It means we must improve and perform at our best against Blackpool.

'There can be no excuses for the Brighton performance and now we've got to bounce back at Blackpool. Simple as that.''

Former Swan, Adrian Forbes: 'I feel he (Jackett) treated me like something that crawled off the bottom of his shoe,'

'I can't wait for the game, it was the first one I looked for in the fixtures.

'It'll be great to see the fans and to try to score past my friend Willy Gueret, but I'm bitter at Kenny.'

Blackpool Team News:

Manager Simon Grayson looks set to name an unchanged side to the one that beat Cheltenham in mid-week.

Further team news to follow...

Player to watch: Scott Vernon

The 23 year old midfielder is currently the Seasiders' top scorer with 8 goals, 6 of them scored in the League. Morrell and Parker are also not far behind in the top scorer charts with 7 and 6 goals respectively.

Swansea Team News:

Kenny Jackett has received a double boost ahead of the game as Lee Trundle and Izzy Iriekpen are available for selection again after returning from injury.

The Swans' boss had limited attacking options at Brighton and opted to go with Akinfenwa and Craney up front. Lee Trundle should return to the first team with Akinfenwa with Craney dropping back into his preferred role in centre midfield.

Kevin Amankwaah has played poorly recently so he deserves to be dropped, but with Painter out injured and Tate required to fill in Pratley's place in midfield, he'll probably keep his place at right back.

Shaun MacDonald is also available again after recovering from an illness that struck the team last week. He'll probably make it to the bench.

Player to watch: Lee Trundle

It's a must that he remains fit until at least January as without him, we won't score the goals with just two targetmen in Akinfenwa and Fallon. He seems to be on top form lately and we need to continue that tomorrow.

Match Facts & Stats

Blackpool will be gunning for a win as 3 more points from home will put them ahead of us and into the play-off positions.

Kenny Jackett will also be wanting a huge improvement from the Swans as they are now 4 points adrift of the teams above them.

Blackpool have won their last 3 games on home soil, including a 4-1 thrashing over Bradford.

Swansea were doing okay on the road until Tuesday's 3-2 defeat. They previously had wins away at Darlington (FA Cup), Newport (FA Cup) and Port Vale.

Match Prediction:

This seems to be pretty matched up for a good score draw. Both teams will be desperate to win and I think we'll do well to get a point, I predict a 2-2 draw.

You can predict the score in our Prediction League here

Next Fixtures:

16th December 2006
Swansea vs Carlisle (h)
3pm




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Date:Friday December 8 2006

Time: 2:55PM

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I hope Rory gets a hat-trick on sat and Rhys Evans is left picking the ball out of the pools net.
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i'll give you a tenner if that happens!
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