Ian Holloway returns to the Walkers Stadium for the first time since overseeing the club’s relegation to English football’s third tier. Holloway brings his his Blackpool side to the Walkers Stadium for the first time since the fateful events at Stoke City on Saturday afternoon following last weekend’s international break.
Both sides have made encouraging openings to the season so far, Leicester residing just a point and a place above the Lancashire side, who are currently unbeaten in this season’s campaign to date.
Holloway has already admitted that he expects an “awful” atmosphere at the Walkers after his part in the Foxes’ dismal 07/08 campaign in which they were relegated to the third division for the first time in their history.
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: ‘We go into this game looking forward to it and I suppose it is just a case of back to business. We want to make sure we give ourselves the best chance of winning the game.’
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway: ‘It is not about me, it is about Leicester City and Blackpool’. If it was about the managers, we would be scoring goals, saving them on the line and everything. Our time as players has been and gone, now it’s about the current players and trying to get three points.’
Leicester City Team News:
Leicester welcome back striker Martyn Waghorn after his recovery from a hamstring injury picked up last month.
Nicky Adams, Max Gradel and Lloyd Dyer are all pushing for starting berths on the wings.
Player to watch: Richie Wellens
The former-Blackpool man will be expecting a hostile welcome of his own from the tangerine faithful.
The midfielder has looked superb for Nigel Pearson’s side so far this season, and will be looking to sustain his excellent form against his old side.
Blackpool Team News:
Blackpool have been rocked by the news that midfielder Gary Taylor-Fletcher is ruled out of the match after suffering ankle ligament damage.
Holloway could hand a debut to Hameur Bouazza, recently signed on a free transfer after failing to settle with Turkish side Sivasspor.
Player to watch: Charlie Adam
Blackpool finally got their man on a permanent deal in the summer from Rangers following a hugely successful loan spell with the club.
Adam is highly rated at Bloomfield Road, and is certainly one to watch in Saurday’s tie. A midfielder with a real eye for creativity, the Foxes will have to be on guard. A tasty clash with Richie Wellens also awaits, after Adam was sent off last season for a tussle between the pair.
Match Facts & Stats
– Leicester have a miserable record against Blackpool in the league, failing to beat them in 43 years.
– Blackpool managed to do the double over the Foxes in 07/08, a last minute Paul Dickov winner for Blackpool in the most recent meeting giving the Seasiders all three points.
– Should Leicester avoid defeat they will have stretched their unbeaten home record to a whole year.
– The Foxes still have the unwanted record of failing to score in the first half of any league match this season.
Both sides love a draw. Leicester 1-1 Blackpool.
Leicester: Peterborough (H) – 16/09/09
Blackpool: – Newcastle (H) – 16/09/09