Wolves v Blackpool

Last updated : 25 February 2011 By BBC Sport

Wolves have no fresh injuries as Kevin Doyle looks to have shaken off the hip problem he suffered against West Brom.Michael Kightly and on-loan Michael Mancienne are close to resuming full training after long-term knee injuries, although Stephen Hunt is still absent.

Blackpool will be without captain Charlie Adam, who begins a two-game ban after picking up 10 bookings this term.

Luke Varney is available, but Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Elliot Grandin and Stephen Crainey are still out injured.


Doubtful: Edwards (groin)

Injured: Guedioura (broken leg), Hunt (calf), Kightly & Mancienne (both knee)


Suspended: Adam (two matches)

Injured/unavailable: Basham (leg), Clarke, Gilks & Rachubka (all knee), Crainey (ankle), Grandin & Taylor-Fletcher (both hamstring) Sbai (fitness)


Wolves follow up their draw in last weekend's Black Country derby with an encounter against Dudley; Blackpool's in-form striker Dudley 'DJ' Campbell that is, who shares his name with a town seven miles south of Wolverhampton.

It looks like Molineux could be the key. What we need is the atmosphere we had against Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City

Mick McCarthy, Wolves manager

Campbell has scored seven goals in his last 11 Premier League matches including the club's second goal in the 3-1 home win over Tottenham on Tuesday night.

The 29-year-old forward only signed permanently for the Seasiders at the end of the August, having finished the two previous seasons on loan at the club. He ended the Spurs game up front with the evergreen Brett Ormerod, who at the age of 34 became the first Blackpool player to score in all four divisions.

Only eight Premier League sides have won more home games this season than Wolves, but their last four games at Molineux encapsulate exactly why Mick McCarthy's side continue to prop up the league table.

Victories over Manchester United and Chelsea during this period were followed by defeats to Liverpool and, more importantly, fellow relegation candidates Wigan. Wolves have taken just six points from a possible 33 against sides in the bottom half of the table and unless that scenario is rectified, don't expect the Molineux club to escape the relegation zone anytime soon.



• Blackpool are looking to complete a first league double over Wolves since the 1955/56 season.

• The Seasiders won 2-1 at Bloomfield Road in November courtesy of first-half goals by Luke Varney and Marlon Harewood. Kevin Doyle scored Wolves' consolation.

• Wolves have won each of their last six home games against the Tangerines.

• Blackpool's last victory at Molineux came in a 2-1 win in September 1964.


• Mick McCarthy's men have a lost a league high 16 matches this season, and they are the other club yet to beat any of the three promoted sides.

• Wolves have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last six games.

• Only Birmingham (25) have scored fewer league goals than Wolves' tally of 27 this term.


• The Tangerines have taken four points from their last two games. They had previously taken just three from a possible 21.

• Ian Holloway's men have picked up 32 points from 27 league matches. No club has ever been relegated from that position in a 38-match Premier League season.

• There have been a league high 93 goals from their 27 matches this season - an average of 3.4 goals per game.

• If selected, James Beattie will be making his 300th English league start, while Luke Varney stands by to make his 250th club career appearance.



Fletcher: 6 goals (4 league); Doyle: 6 goals (3 league)


Campbell: 10 goals* (10 league); Adam: 8 goals (7 league)

*Includes 1 goal (1 league) for Leicester


Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Assistant referees: Jake Collin & John Flynn

Fourth official: Andre Marriner


Wolves (D1-1 v West Brom, a): Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Foley (Ward 84), Henry, O'Hara, Milijas (Ebanks-Blake 68), Jarvis (Craddock 90), Doyle. Subs Not Used: Hahnemann, Fletcher, David Jones, Hammill.

Blackpool (W3-1 v Tottenham, h): Kingson, Eardley, Cathcart, Evatt, Baptiste, Vaughan, Sylvestre (Southern 58), Adam, Campbell, Beattie (Phillips 63), Kornilenko (Ormerod 63). Subs Not Used: Halstead, Carney, Puncheon, Reid.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport