|By PAUL GOUGH
Blackpool are hot favourites to maintain their early season push for promotion back to the English Premier League when they host surprise packets Huddersfield Town in the Championship on Monday.
With no Premier League games scheduled for Monday, the football focus turns to England's second tier, but the game between a club unlucky not to be promoted to the top-flight last season in Blackpool against a club that has made a great start to life back in the Championship in Huddersfield after winning promotion from League One.
Blackpool, under flamboyant manager Ian Holloway, were beaten in last year's Championship play-off final by West Ham, while Huddersfield won the League One play-off final but only after an epic penalty shoot-out win against fierce local rivals Sheffield United.
Huddersfield have made a good start to life in the second tier and have picked up 11 points from their first six games, to be sitting in the top six at the start of this weekend's round of action.
However Blackpool, which reached the top flight of English football for the first time in 39 years after playing in the Premier League in the 2010-11 season only to be relegated immediately, are simply flying after putting aside the disappointment of coming so close to promotion last season.
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Blackpool, with 13 points from their opening six games, have the opportunity to go back to the top of the table by winning this match.
And while Huddersfield have performed above expectations so far, life in the second tier could be about to start getting tougher for Town, as the reality of losing their star striker Jordan Rhodes in a big-money move to Blackburn in the August transfer window begins to hit home.
Rhodes scored a record 36 goals for the season in League One last year and his loss leaves a gaping hole in the team.
Blackpool have their own scoring machine in 20-year-old whiz kid Thomas Ince [son of former England and Manchester United legend Paul], and he has already struck six goals.
His team, meanwhile, have scored ten goals in their past two home matches.
And another comfortable win for Blackpool looks on the cards here in what is the first meeting between these teams since August 2007, when Blackpool scored a 1-0 home win in the League Cup.
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