Blackpool vs. Forest preview..

Blackpool and Forest are pretty close in the league now, but the Tangerines are falling from on high after a blistering start to the season, Forest are climbing back upward after a somewhat indifferent beginning.  The home side are looking incredibly vulnerable at the back right now, so Forest should certainly approach this game positively.

For us it’s an opportunity to register three wins on the bounce, which would be very welcome indeed!  As well as injuries and poor form there is speculation that Ian Holloway is wanted by the Venkys at Blackburn which can only help to upset the applecart.

Just as we’re able to bring back one man from suspension, in the shape of striker Dexter Blackstock, we lose another – Guedioura has earned a two-game suspension for receiving his second red card of the season, after picking up two bookings against Cardiff at the weekend.  Whilst the first booking was harsh, the second wasn’t – and he should’ve thought before diving in.

Having had more opportunity to train it is likely that Jermaine Jenas will return to the squad, and Guedioura’s omission gives an opportunity for Lewis McGugan to re-stake a claim in the side, or Raddy Majewski to claim a starting place having been effective from the bench at the weekend with a neat assist for Sharp’s goal.  Lansbury and and Hutchinson remain unlikely to feature.

Reidy is likely to want to bank some happier memories of Bloomfield Road having had an ill-fated loan there back in 2011.  He only made five appearances for the doomed then-Premier League side and isn’t remembered with much affection by their fans, I imagine something he reciprocates in kind!

Depending on who you believe, Blackpool either have a full squad to pick from (official Forest preview), or are ‘down to the bare bones’ (the Blackpool Gazette).  Perhaps the real story lies somewhere between the two?

Former Notts County man Thomas Ince has been the one to watch for Blackpool this season, with a great run of goals earlier in the season – and the similarly dangerous Matty Phillips – certainly we shouldn’t let their recent run of form allow us to be complacent, they’re a dangerous side that will undoubtedly create chances and make life difficult for our defence.

Irrespective of their recent downward trajectory, this game will be a challenge – I know I am cultivating a bit of a habit of being a bit doom-and-gloomy, but maybe that’s my nature!  If Blackpool do play their natural open passing game then this will potentially be good for us, as we are building confidence in playing our way.

It’s always worth considering the bookies on this one – a successful £10 bet on Blackpool winning with Paddypower you’d get £11 back, on Forest you’d get £25 – a draw would net you £22.50.  Based on that you’d have to say that any point(s) from this fixture would be rather good, or that Paddypower are being bloody stingy!

I’d be happy with a point, though.

Oh, the kick off time has moved from 7:45pm to 8:00pm too – which probably doesn’t make any material difference to those of us travelling up, to be fair!

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