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PREVIEW | Blackpool v Millers

11 October 2019

Rotherham United will be looking to follow up last week's impressive home win against Coventry City with another positive result in Sky Bet League One when they travel to Blackpool, and you can find all of the key information ahead of the clash below...

Fixture: Blackpool V Rotherham United
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 12th October 2019
Kick-Off: 3:00pm
Venue: Bloomfield Road
Referee: C Pollard

Blackpool

Form:  LLWDWD
League Position: 4th
Top Scorer: Armand Gnanduillet (6 goals)

The hosts are on a four-match unbeaten run, two of those results coming in the form wins, but the Tangerines could only manage a draw in their last outing away at Bolton Wanderers.

Blackpool have started off in the League One campaign on the front foot, and sit in fourth position in the league table, seven points behind the leaders Ipswich Town.

The Seasiders have lost just once at home this season, and that defeat came in September against MK Dons who scored three past the Lancashire outfit.

Simon Grayson has not ruled Sullay Kaikai, Joe Nuttall and Nathan Deldounseso out of the clash against Rotherham United, but the injured trio are still undergoing treatment, although they could be fit in time for Saturday’s match.

Rocky Bushiri and Jordan Thompson are both unavailable this weekend due to their international duties for their respective countries.

Rotherham United

Form:  LWDDLW
League Position: 13th
Top Scorer: Freddie Ladapo (4 goals)

Paul Warne will be very optimistic about his side’s chances at play-off chasers Blackpool following the showing at home to Coventry City last weekend.

The difference between the two sides looking at the league table is just five points, but a win for Rotherham United could take the Millers to as high as eighth if results go in their favour.

Warne’s Millers will be looking to make it three wins in a row in all competitions if they can overcome a Blackpool side who have not beaten the Millers since 1997.

Shaun MacDonald despite being brought off in the Leasing.com Trophy match on Tuesday night, could be available for selection, whilst Freddie Ladapo could have a hamstring problem so that makes him a doubt for the trip to Blackpool.

On a positive note in the treatment room, Chiedozie Ogbene and Kyle Vassell are now back in training and there is a chance they could be fit enough to be selected at the weekend.

One to watch: Armand Gnanduillet

The one to watch this weekend is the Tangerines' striker Armand Gnanduillet, who joined the club for the second time back in 2018.

With six goals in all competitions this season, he is seemingly hard to stop and he is in fine form. Although Gnanduillet failed to find the net in his side's last outing, he does not need a second opportunity on most occasions.

The Frenchman began his career at Le Havre II in a North-Western part of France, and then moved to Poissy before finally making his way to England in 2013 when he joined Chesterfield.

The six-foot centre forward had loan spells at Tranmere Rovers, Oxford United and Stevenage whilst on the books with the Spireites before moving down south to join Leyton Orient in 2016.

Gnanduillet then joined Blackpool after making 18 appearances for the O’s, and he made 44 appearances for the Lancashire club. The 27-year old then moved to South Africa for a very short spell at Baroka before returning to Blackpool a year ago, and he has now made 50 appearances since his move back in 2018.

Talk

Paul Warne:  "Me and Rich (Richie Barker) went and watched them on Monday night in a bit of a derby against Bolton and they've got some real good threats.

"They are a really well organised League One team who are hard to break down and Gnanduillet up top is a threat, a nuisance and a goalscorer."

Simon Grayson: “We are in a good position, I still think that we have got quite a bit to go before we are the finished article.

Coverage

iFollow will be providing full 90-minute commentary from the match, whilst the Rotherham United Twitter and Facebook feeds will be providing live updates for the entirety.

Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as on YouTube, iFollow and social media.

 


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