Monday, 7 March 2011
Barclays Premier League
|Home Team||Score||Away Team||Time|
- Blackpool 50%
- Chelsea 50%
Barclays Premier League
Venue: Bloomfield Road Date: Monday, 7 March Kick-off: 2000 GMT
Coverage: Watch live on Sky Sports 1; listen on BBC Radio 5 live and local radio; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles
Blackpool are without suspended duo DJ Campbell and Charlie Adam, but Elliot Grandin has an outside chance of returning from injury in time to play.
Left-back Stephen Crainey played 70 minutes on his comeback from injury in a reserve match on Thursday and is in contention to face the Blues.
Chelsea defender David Luiz should be fit despite suffering a hamstring problem against Manchester United.
Yossi Benayoun is back in light training and could return next month.
Suspended: Adam (one match), Campbell (three matches)
Doubtful: Crainey (ankle), Grandin (hamstring)
Injured/unavailable: Basham & Sbai (both fitness), Clarke, Gilks & Rachubka (all knee), Taylor-Fletcher (hamstring)
Injured: Alex (knee), Benayoun (Achilles)
Ian Holloway said Chelsea were “light years ahead” of his Blackpool side after losing 4-0 at Stamford Bridge in September, since when the Blues have spent over £70m strengthening their star-studded squad.
We are not the same team without DJ [Campbell] and Charlie Adam
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway
Most of that was spent on Fernando Torres, who will fancy his chances of netting his first Chelsea goal against a Tangerines side with the worst defensive record in the top flight.
While the Spaniard may have been firing blanks, the same cannot be said of the champions’ sharp-shooting defence, which has chipped in with seven league goals this term – the latest being David Luiz’s fine volley against Manchester United on Tuesday. Perhaps surprisingly, the only first-choice defender who has not hit the target so far is Ashley Cole.
The Seasiders have already claimed several notable scalps this season, doing the double over Liverpool and beating Tottenham in their last game at Bloomfield Road. But with key men Charlie Adam and DJ Campbell both suspended, a first home win against Chelsea for 46 years will require an extraordinary effort from Holloway’s team.
• The Blues have won on their last six visits to Bloomfield Road in all competitions, a run that stretches back to 1967.
• Blackpool’s last home win against Chelsea was in April 1965, when they beat them 3-2 in a top-flight match.
• In 82 matches overall, Chelsea have 37 wins, Blackpool 30 and there have been 15 draws.
• The Seasiders’ league games have produced a total of 97 goals this season – an average of almost 3.5 goals per game.
• They have yet to keep a Premier League clean sheet at Bloomfield Road, but have also scored in all of their home games this term.
• Blackpool have lost eight of 11 league games in 2011 (W2, D1, L8).
• The Tangerines have not kept a clean sheet since winning 2-0 at Sunderland on 28 December.
• The Blues have won only two of their last nine league games away from Stamford Bridge.
• Chelsea have only dropped four points from winning positions – a record matched only by Stoke.
• David Luiz’s goal against Manchester United was the seventh league goal scored by a Chelsea defender this term. Only Blackburn and Stoke (eight) have chipped in with more goals from the back.
Campbell: 10 goals* (10 league); Adam: 8 goals (7 league)
*Includes 1 goal (1 league) for Leicester
Anelka: 16 goals (6 league);
Drogba & Malouda: 10 goals (9 league);
Kalou: 10 goals (7 league)
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant referees: Bob Pollock & David Richardson
Fourth official: Howard Webb
LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS
Blackpool (L0-4 v Wolves, a): Kingson; Eardley, Evatt, Cathcart, Baptiste, Vaughan, Sylvestre (Ormerod 62), Southern, Kornilenko (Varney 28), Beattie (Phillips 62), Campbell. Subs not used: Halstead, Carney, Puncheon, Reid.
Chelsea (W2-1 v Man Utd, h): Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz (Bosingwa 81), Terry, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Ramires, Anelka (Drogba 61), Torres, Malouda (Zhirkov 71). Subs not used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Kalou, McEachran.
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