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League One preview and odds: Blackpool vs. Doncaster


Published on: 12/11/2015

Blackpool are not just trying to halt their slide down League One but also their slide down the tiers of English football. This weekend they face a team that is also finding life hard at the wrong end of League One.

Neil McDonald´s team have lost half of their games this season having won just four home and away. Their main problem has been at the sharp end of the pitch where they have only managed to net 15 times in 16 games.

As well as losing their last two leagues games the Tangerines also got dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two side Barnet and were beaten in the Football League trophy by Wigan Athletic. On the Brightside, they have won three of their last four games at home after falling to win any of their first four.

Doncaster short on confidence

Doncaster Rovers problems have been caused by their abysmal away form. Darren FergusonÂ’s men have only lost once on home soil but have been bettered in six of the last seven away games. They come into this on the back of a 2-0 FA Cup win at home against National League team Stalybridge Celtic.

So far this season, the Rovers have only kept one clean sheet on the road but have failed to score in six out of eight away fixtures. This weekend they will be facing a team that has only conceded twice in their last five home games.

Team news

Blackpool will be without goalkeeper Colin Doyle who will miss the rest of the year with an ankle injury. Number two keeper Kyle Letheren is also injured meaning that Neil MacDonlad may have to bring in an emergency stopper for the weekends game, or risk putting 17-year-old Myles Boney between the sticks.

Meanwhile, Doncaster Rovers will welcome back Crystal Palace loan player Keshi Anderson from injury.

Recent form (League)

Blackpool: LLLLL

Doncaster Rovers: WLLDL

Betting odds and tips

Despite their woes, Blackpool have a decent home record in the league and remain unbeaten in five. In stark contrast, Doncaster are terrible on the road, having lost six of the last seven aways. Providing Blackpool find a resolution to their goalkeeping crisis, they should prevail in this game. The home win can be backed at 13/8 with Coral.

With the away sides inability to find the net on their travels, the home Win to Nil at 7/2 with Ladbrokes also looks tempting.

Published on: 12/11/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (12/11/2015 15:53:56) but are subject to change.