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Preview: Stoke City vs. Blackpool - predictions, team news, line-ups

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Sports Mole preview Saturday’s championship clash between Stoke City and Blackpool, including predictions, team news and expected line-ups.

After beating Reading last weekend, blackpool Head to the Bet365 stadium and bid to start your campaign with a winning streak. stoke city Saturday.

Meanwhile, the hosts will try to score their first points of the season after losing 2-0 to Millwall in the opening weekend of the season.

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Stoke have finished 14th or worse in the Championship since being relegated from the Premier League four years ago.

In fact, they’ve finished 14th in the last two campaigns, and will be looking to move into the top half this season.

But Stoke will have to avoid too many of the kind of performances they showed in the season opener at Millwall to achieve a top 12 finish.

Poor defense from set pieces ultimately allowed the Potters to concede two goals. Charlie Cresswell A goal from a corner kick sent them to a 2-0 away defeat.

In turning their attention to the first home game of the season, Stoke will look to take inspiration from the end of last season, when they lost just one of their last five home games.

Blackpool's Josh Bowler celebrates his first goal against Christopher Hamilton on 29 January 2022© Reuters

Stoke didn’t do well last weekend, but Blackpool got off to a winning start under new manager Michael Appleton.

Former Lincoln City boss took over the reins Neil CritchleyJoined Aston Villa as Steven Gerrardassistant manager.

Appleton began his tenure at home against Reading, with nine minutes to prove to be a successful outing. Callum Connolly A strike that leads Blackpool to a 1-0 victory.

After winning his second opener as Blackpool manager, Appleton will set out to carry on a successful away result on Saturday.

The Tangerines only managed five wins in the away league last season, but an improved away form this season allows them to operate in the top half of the table.

Stoke City Championship form:

Blackpool Championship Form:

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Stoke City's Jacob Brown celebrates with his teammates after scoring his first goal on 28 January 2022© Reuters

Stoke has no services yet Nick Powell When Harry Suterhas been sidelined due to injury problems.

Ben Wilmot Having been sidelined in the second half with a groin problem against Millwall, the defender is unlikely to appear in Saturday’s game.

Last season’s top scorer Jacob Brown After being called on as a second-half substitute last weekend, the 24-year-old is expected to join the line-up for Stoke’s first home game of the season.

As for Blackpool, there are a lot of injured players out. Doug Sahme, Kevin Stewart When Jake Beasley.

Hamstring problems go into percent Jordan Gabriel When Luke Garbuttin the meantime Keshi Anderson He was injured before the season-opening game against Reading and was out for two months.

James Husband The first away match of the season is questionable, Richard Keough It’s set to work after missing out on last weekend’s win with a knock.

Stoke City starters:
Brusik; Taylor, Jagielka, Flint. Clark, Laurent, Clucas, Baker, Tymon.campbell, brown

Candidates for Blackpool’s starting XI:
Grimshaw; Connolly, Ekpiteta, Keough, Thompson. Virtue, Fiorini, Carey.Bowler, Yeats, Madine

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Stoke City 1-1 Blackpool.

No team drew as many away games in the Championship as Blackpool last season. And by making a draw with Stoke, they believe they will continue this trend in their first away game of the season.

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