Our prediction for this Championship match:
Stoke City will be aiming to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Millwall when they take on Blackpool in the Championship round 2. The Potters were anything but impressive in their opener, but a win over Blackpool will give them a confidence boost. Summer signing Dwight Gayle should keep his place up front, while defender Harry Souttar remains on the sidelines with an ACL problem.
The Seasiders, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Reading. Blackpool, though, are a team who have always been struggling on the travels, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered. To make things even worse for the visiting side, all Jake Beesley, Kevin Stewart, Lawrence-Gabriel and James Husband continue to miss out through injuries. In their last meeting at the venue Blackpool defeated Stoke 1-0, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Steven Fletcher):
Steven Fletcher is a professional footballer who plays for Sheffield Wednesday. After ending his loan spell with Marseille, he joined the Owls on a free transfer in July 2016. Steven Fletcher was born in Shrewsbury, England on 26 March, 1987 and he began his youth career at Hibernian.
He made his debut for the Scottish outfit on 10 April, 2004 in a 3-0 win over Kilmarnock. After spending three years at Burnley and Wolverhampton Fletcher signed a four-year deal with Sunderland for a fee of £12 million. The left-footed attacker scored 11 goals in 28 appearances for the Black Cats in the 2012/2013 Premier League campaign and he was struggling in front of goal in the 2013/2014 season, scoring no more than three league goals.
Steven Fletcher was eligible to play for both England and Scotland, but he decided to represent his mother’s home country. Fletcher made his Scotland debut in March 2008, in a friendly against Croatia. He did well to provide an assist for Kenny Miller, who scored the equaliser for the Scotts (1-1).
Highlighted Team (Blackpool):
Blackpool FC are a professional English club based in Blackpool, Lancashire. Considering that Blackpool is a seaside town, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Seasiders. Founded back in 1887, the club play their home matches at Bloomfield Road, which can hold up to 17,338 spectators. In the 2009/2010 season Blackpool secured promotion to the Premier League, but they were not competitive at this level, suffering relegation to the Championship the following season.
The club’s biggest success, though, came in 1953 when they defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-3 in the FA Cup final. Blackpool are well known for their orange shirts, but the dominant colour of their away kit is white. Preston are considered the club’s biggest rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the West Lancashire derby.
Charlie Adam, who played for Liverpool and has 26 caps for Scotland national team, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable players.