Blackpool | Preview: Blackpool v West Ham
UK time is: 05:53:36
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Blackpool vs. West Ham

Bloomfield Road

Wednesday 2nd February


Preview: Blackpool v West Ham

Definition of a six pointer: this game.

If the Seasiders win tonight, they open up a nice cushion between themselves and the relegation zone and thus take another massive step towards safety.

A draw and it's as you were really.

A defeat though will see the Seasiders dragged further down the table and it really will start to become 'squeaky bum time'.

We're not on a brilliant run of form, but the transfer window has given us all a lift and we now have a great chance of staying up, so let's get behind the lads and roar them onto a huge three points tonight.


Vital Quotes:

Avram Grant is a big fan of the Seasiders, but says that his West Ham side will give 110% tonight:

'For me, Blackpool are the team of the season and Ian Holloway is the manager of the season.

'They did miracles because everyone predicted they would quickly be on their way to the Championship again, and also I like how they play football.

'The next game is very important to us. Against Blackpool the players will give everything they have. It is important for both teams but for us it is more important.

'We need to continue like we have been doing in the past few weeks. We have played against teams around us, have played well and taken points. We have four good strikers now, and it is better I have this problem than it was before. I think now you will see improvement in all areas of the team.'

Blackpool Team News:

'Pool manager Ian Holloway will make a decision on whether captain Charlie Adam is in the right state of mind to play after the saga involving him on deadline day.

All of our new signings are available for selection, bar Sergei Kornilenko who is back in Russia finalising his work permit and visa.

David Carney has returned from international duty with Australia at the Asia Cup, but Chris Basham, Stephen Crainey and Matt Gilks are all on the treatment table.

Player to watch: Charlie Adam

Do I really need to explain this one? No, thought not!

West Ham Team News:

Robbie Keane, Demba Ba and Gary O'Neil are all available after completing moves to the Hammers.

Ilunga faces a late fitness test, but Collison, Da Costa, Dyer, Hitzlsperger and Stanislas are all out injured.

Player to watch: Scott Parker

The heartbeat of the Hammers.

If you want an example of a one man team, look no further than West Ham.

Yes, the Hammers have strengthened this month but you still suspect they will be heavily reliant on their skipper.

Match Facts & Stats

Blackpool host West Ham for the first time since February 1971, a season that ended in the Seasiders' relegation from the top flight, with West Ham only spared the drop by one place.

'Pool have lost five out of the last six, with only Bolton and Wigan picking up fewer points in 2011.

West Ham are propping up the table and battling to become only the third team in Premier League history to start the month of February in bottom spot and go on to escape the drop.

'Pool haven't won in five league matches against the Hammers.

West Ham have kept just two clean sheets in their last 18 league games, and haven't kept a clean sheet on the road in 20 away league games.

Scott Parker will make his 100th league appearance for the Hammers tonight.

Next Fixtures:

Everton v Blackpool
Premier League
Saturday 5th February

The journalist

Writer: Eamonn Moore  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 2 2011

Time: 1:01PM


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Blackpool Articles

After Game Player Interviews Explained (Wednesday October 26 2016)

Bowyer - Doncaster Was A Response (Wednesday October 26 2016)

Potts In Team Of The Week (25/10/16) (Tuesday October 25 2016)

Blackpool 4-2 Doncaster - Highlights (Monday October 24 2016)

Audio - Bowyer On Nervy Win (Monday October 24 2016)

Vital View - League 2, 22nd October (Sunday October 23 2016)

No More ******* Bad Language - EFL (Sunday October 23 2016)

Stats: Blackpool v Doncaster (Saturday October 22 2016)

Archived Blackpool Articles

List All Vital Blackpool Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. SeasideEssexXile 292
2. premier 1 174
3. SaskPool 147
4. Layton_Seasider 130
5. Hastings 75
6. BobHatton 57
7. Bear1951 51
8. Albert Ramsbottom 19
9. nodrogaty 17
10. themaclad 16

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. Crewe 14 4 7 3 -1 19
13. Barnet 15 4 7 4 -3 19
14. Yeovil 14 6 1 7 -5 19
15. Blackpool 14 4 5 5 4 17
16. Colchester 14 4 5 5 -1 17
17. Cheltenham 14 3 7 4 -1 16
18. Hartlepool 14 3 7 4 -4 16

Blackpool Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Crewe Alexandra signed shirt up for auction
Crewe : 26/10/2016 20:41:01
May loaned to Sutton
Portsmouth : 26/10/2016 19:00:01
Time for actions not words!
Portsmouth : 26/10/2016 18:48:00
On this day in history...26th October
Portsmouth : 26/10/2016 09:03:01
Bowyer - Doncaster Was A Response
Blackpool : 26/10/2016 07:00:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Doncaster MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Slocombe 20%
Mellor 0%
Aldred 5%
Robertson 0%
Taylor 0%
Potts 55%
Payne 0%
Pugh 0%
Daniel 0%
Vassell 10%
Matt 5%
Sub - Cullen 5%