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Barnsley are still without a host of first team players as Matt Done, Jacob Butterfield, Rob Edwards, Bobby Hassell, Luke Steele and David Preece remain sidelined. Manager Keith Hill is expected to make changes though to the side heavily beaten by West Ham on Good Friday.

Lee Collins, David Perkins, Frank Nouble and Michael Tonge are all pushing for starts, but Nathan Doyle sits out his final game of a three game ban.

Last time out:

David Button

Stephen Foster

Scott Wiseman

Jim McNulty

Scott Golbourne

Stephen Dawson

Korey Smith

David Cotterill

Kallum Higginbotham

Craig Davies

Andy Gray 

Head To Head

Last Six Blackpool v Barnsley Results:

26/12/11 Barnsley 1-3 Blackpool (Championship)

27/2/10 Barnsley 1-0 Blackpool (Championship)

5/12/09 Blackpool 1-2 Barnsley (Championship)

14/3/09 Barnsley 0-1 Blackpool (Championship)

13/9/08 Blackpool 1-0 Barnsley (Championship)

4/3/08 Barnsley 0-1 Blackpool (Championship)

Overall Record:

Blackpool Wins: 28

Barnsley Wins: 40

Draws: 23

Blackpool Goals: 118

Barnsley Goals: 138

At Blackpool (1 at Stanley Park, 42 at Bloomfield Road:

Blackpool Wins: 15

Barnsley Wins: 13

Draws: 15

Blackpool Goals: 59

Barnsley Goals: 45

This Season

Last six 2011-2012 results:

Blackpool:

6/4/12 Watford 0–2 Blackpool (Championship)

31/3/12 Blackpool 3-0 Southampton (Championship)

24/3/12 Reading 3-1 Blackpool (Championship)

21/3/12 Blackpool 3-3 Leicester (Championship)

17/3/12 Blackpool 3-1 Brighton (Championship)

10/3/12 Peterborough 3-1 Blackpool (Championship)

W: 3 D: 1 L: 2 F: 13 A: 10 GD: 2 Points: 10

Barnsley:

6/4/12 Barnsley 0–4 West Ham (Championship)

31/3/12 Ipswich 1–0 Barnsley (Championship)

24/3/12 Barnsley 1–0 Peterborough (Championship)

20/3/12 Crystal Palace 1–0 Barnsley (Championship)

17/3/12 Barnsley 0–4 Reading (Championship)

10/3/12 Southampton 2–0 Barnsley (Championship)

W: 1 D: 0 L: 5 F: 1 A: 12 GD: -11 Points: 3

Interesting Stats

Blackpool, aiming to make an immediate return to the Premier League sit fifth in the Championship table after winning three of their last five matches, including the last two.

The Seasiders who are unbeaten in their last three home matches and have lost just one of the last 13 at Bloomfield Road, are one point better off than at this stage of the season two years ago when they went on to clinch promotion via the play-offs.

Ian Holloway’s side have been defeated just three times in front of their own supporters this campaign and the 36 goals they have scored at home is bettered by only three other teams.

Home and away the Seasiders have found the back of the net 71 times, only Southampton who have scored 74 have netted more in the Championship.

Blackpool have scored in every league game in 2012 so far. Their last blank was at Birmingham on New Years Eve.

They have only failed to score at home on two occasions- a 1-0 defeat to Derby in August and a 0-0 stalemate with Watford in December.

Barnsley currently have their lowest points total at this stage of a season for three years- they also had 46 points from 41 matches in the 2008-2009 season, when they finished with 52 points after needing to win at Plymouth on the final day to survive.

They go into tomorrow’s game on a horrible run of 10 defeats in 13 matches, which includes six in the last seven.

The Reds have also managed to score just once in the last seven matches and have gone six matches on the road without a goal, which encompasses a run of seven straight away defeats.

If Barnsley lose tomorrow then manager Keith Hill will, statistically be Barnsley’s worst EVER manager in terms of points per games.

Barnsley though have a tremendous record at Bloomfield Road and have lost just one of their last eight trips to the seaside, winning five of them.

Indeed, on their most recent visit- December 2009, a 2-1 success for Mark Robins side brought to an end Blackpool’s unbeaten home record where they had won six and drawn two so far that season.

Blackpool have won just three of their last 15 meetings with Barnsley, home and away, but that includes at Oakwell on Boxing Day when a Matt Phillips hat-trick saw them come from behind to seal a 3-1 success.

Tomorrow’s meeting will be the 92nd match-up between the two sides since 1899, but the 80th in the league.

On This Day

Blackpool have won just two of their last 11 9th April matches, dating back to 1955- one of those victories coming in their most recent match on this date, a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield in 2007. They have though lost five of the last seven on this date.

Barnsley have won their last three 9th of April matches, including 12 months ago when they defeated Bristol City 4-2. The two preceding wins were 3-0 against Watford in 2008 and 1-0 over Birmingham in 2007.

The Reds last 9th April defeat came in 1994 when they were defeated 2-1 by Portsmouth.

Mad Sites

www.blackpool-mad.co.uk

www.barnsley-mad.co.uk

Official Sites

www.blackpoolfc.co.uk

www.barnsleyfc.co.uk

Other Fixtures

Monday 9th April 2012:

3pm:

Bristol City v Coventry

Cardiff v Watford

Crystal Palace v Southampton

Doncaster v Burnley

Hull v Middlesbrough

Ipswich v Leicester

Leeds v Derby

Peterborough v Nottingham Forest

5:20pm

West Ham v Birmingham

Tuesday 10th April 2012:

7:45pm:

Brighton v Reading

Portsmouth v Millwall