Blackpool vs Portsmouth (By: Mrgol)
Blackpool ended last season in League One at 12th place after promotion from league Two led by trainer Bowyer, that was also main reason of last season middle table place in spite of the fact that the team lost many regulars and had other problems, so noone thought Blackpool could gain a place so high on table.
During the week Bowyer left the team, leaving a chaotic situation in Blackpool just at beginning of the season.
Among other things owner not want to sell the club also if contested by fans for many years, training ground is no good and players traineed on Preston's one ( their rivals), with loan payed by Bowyer from his own pocket, the team lost most part of its regulars and various rotation players, too, replacing them with 12 new arrives but quality seems decreasing.
Among the players gone there are Vassell ( att. 11g), key def. Robertson ( 39 3g), key midf. Daniels ( 4g, didn't play only two matches in whole season), Otabor ( midf.35+9 5g), Mellor ( midf. 6g), only these players scored half of the goals of the team.
For this match on the bench for hosts will be Bowyer's assistant that has doubtful and very probably not available, Ryan ( midf.36 3g) and newcomer def. McLaughlin.
In opening round Blackpool gained only a scoreless draw against newpromoted Wycombe, Portsmouth didn't suffer so important departures, only few rotation players or without importance gone, and for this match only Thompson ( def. 1/ 34+1 last season) is unavailable.
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|Portsmouth AH +0||Pinnacle||1.87||8||1-2 WON (+6.96 units)|