Blackpool v Watford

Last updated : 22 January 2010 By The Seasider

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway could make changes, with Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Barry Bannan and Keith Southern all pushing for recalls.Strikers Stephen McPhee and Billy Clarke remain on the sidelines, while Hameur Bouazza is away on international duty with Algeria.

Watford are expected to include Stephen McGinn on the bench after signing the midfielder from St Mirren.

Scott Severin is an injury doubt with a minor groin problem.


Blackpool are without a win in four matches and the club has not recorded a home victory against Watford since New Year's Day 1972, when they thrashed the Hornets 5-0.

The Tangerines' home form had been the platform for an impressive season under Ian Holloway, but recent results have been a concern. Holloway's side have not won at home since beating Scunthorpe in November.

Watford have also had problems recently. Malky Mackay's team have not won in six league and cup games, and their away results have been particularly disappointing.

The last victory on their travels came at Middlesbrough in October, since which they have collected only two points from a possible 21 on the road.



• Watford are unbeaten in their last five league visits to Blackpool (W1, D4).

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• Blackpool have won only three of the 15 previous league matches between these clubs, and only one of those victories was at home.


• Blackpool have scored in all of their last 11 Championship matches.

• Charlie Adam has scored Blackpool's opening goal in each of their last three matches.

• If selected, Keith Southern will be making his 300th appearance for the Lancashire club.


• Watford have won only one match in their last eight. They have not won since beating QPR 3-1 last month.


Watford 2-2 Blackpool (22 August 2009)

Watford scorers: Smith 24, Cleverley 63.

Blackpool scorers: Baptiste 56, Taylor-Fletcher 72.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport