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Premier League

  • 28 August 2010
  • • 15:00
  • • Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, Lancashire
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 15529

Premier League Preview: Blackpool - Fulham

Premier League Preview: Blackpool - Fulham

I wanna go home

Blackpool finally entertain Premier League football for the first time as the upgrade on their Bloomfield Road stadium has been completed in time for the visit of Fulham.

The Seasiders first game of the season against Wigan had to be switched to the DW Stadium, but that didn't seem to bother Ian Holloway's men as they ran out 4-0 winners.

But after a 6-0 reverse at Arsenal a week later, the outspoken boss isn't sure what Saturday's game has in store.

 “What is going to happen? I have no idea. It’s frightening because you never know," Holloway said.

“We were superb at Wigan, which we never expected, and overrun at Arsenal, which we did expect.

“Losing to MK Dons, a team two divisions below us, was a big disappointment. We needed a boost after Arsenal, but you have to get on with it.”

Taking Stock

Meanwhile, Mark Hughes is still looking for his first league win as Fulham boss, after overseeing two not-so-unimpressive draws at Bolton and at home to Manchester United.

Already, the Cottagers are looking much like the team that battled their way to the Europa League final under Roy Hodgson last season, and easily dispatched with Port Vale 6-0 in midweek.

Hughes may well be losing keeper Mark Schwarzer to Arsenal in the coming weeks, but youngster David stockdale has been an impressive understudy, including a penalty save against Manchester United on Sunday.



Ian Evatt is available after a one-match ban following his dismissal at Arsenal.

But the Tangerines are still without Keith Southern, Louis Almond and Billy Clarke while Paul Rachubka and Jason Euell both remain doubtful.

Possible Starting XI: Gilks; Baptiste, Evatt, Cathcart, Crainey; Sylvestre, Vaughan, Adam; Grandin; Harewood, Taylor-Fletcher.


New signings Moussa Dembele, who scored a belter against Port Vale, and Rafik Halliche could be involved.

Goalkeeper David Stockdale, who saved a penalty from Nani on Sunday, is likely to continue in goal, for the the outgoing Mark Schwarzer.

But Philippe Senderos, Andrew Johnson and Diomansy Kamara are still injured.

Possible Starting XI: Stockdale; Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky; Duff, Etuhu, Murphy, Davies; Dempsey, Zamora.

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