Fleetwood vs Blackpool preview
Last Updated: 26/10/18 12:28pm
Fleetwood striker Paddy Madden is expected to be fit for Saturday's Sky Bet League One derby clash with Blackpool at Highbury Stadium.
Madden has had a tight hamstring and sat out the 1-0 loss at Peterborough on Tuesday. Ryan Taylor and Ross Wallace have been nursing shoulder problems but are also set to be available, while Nathan Sheron can be called upon again after serving a one-match suspension.
Dean Marney (knee), who came off in the first half of the match at the ABAX Stadium, is unlikely to feature and James Wallace remains sidelined.
Blackpool's Marc Bola will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the contest. Bola missed Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Scunthorpe at Bloomfield Road because of a twisted ankle.
Jimmy Ryan (knee) is still out and it is not expected that Steve Davies, who is waiting for his first league involvement since returning to the club earlier this month, will feature this time. Terry McPhillips' Seasiders head into the match unbeaten in their last 11 league games.
Fleetwood Town have never beaten Blackpool in any competition in six previous meetings (D2 L4), including all four in League One (D2 L2).
Both of Blackpool's two previous visits to Fleetwood in League One have finished goalless. The Seasiders last had three consecutive goalless draws away from home against a particular opponent in the Football League back in September 1934 against Nottingham Forest.
Fleetwood have lost back to back league games without scoring - they have never lost three on the bounce without scoring in the EFL.
Blackpool (8) have kept more clean sheets than any other League One side so far this campaign, whilst only Middlesbrough (9) have kept more clean sheets across the top four tiers of English Football so far this season than the Seasiders.
Fleetwood's Ched Evans has been directly involved in 43% (9/21) of his sides league goals this season (6 goals, 3 assists).