Blackpool v Blackburn preview

Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash between Blackpool and Blackburn at Bloomfield Road.

Last Updated: 24/09/10 at 10:53

Baptiste: Misses out against Blackburn

Baptiste: Misses out against Blackburn

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Blackpool are without defender Alex Baptiste as they face Rovers in only their second home Premier League match.

The 24-year-old could be out for up to six weeks after suffering a recurrence of an old knee ligament injury.

His absence could see Wales international Neil Eardley, who was substituted at half-time at Chelsea last week, come in at right-back.

Manager Ian Holloway has no other new injury concerns but changes are possible following the 4-0 hammering at Stamford Bridge. Billy Clarke (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Blackburn will be without the quartet of David Dunn, Keith Andrews, Vince Grella and Jason Roberts.

Grella sustained a hamstring problem in last weekend's draw against Fulham and did not feature in the Carling Cup defeat at Aston Villa in midweek. Dunn has not played since the end of August while Andrews and Roberts have yet to feature this season because of injury.

Manager Sam Allardyce will make changes to the side he named for the Carling Cup, with Paul Robinson returning in goal.

Blackpool (from): Gilks, Keinan, Eardley, Taylor-Fletcher, Crainey, Evatt, Adam, Vaughan, Varney, Ormerod, Campbell, Grandin, Harewood, Southern, Carney, Cathcart, Basham, Euell, Sylvestre, Demontagnac, Coid, Husband, Phillips, Edwards, Halstead.

Blackburn (from): Robinson, Nelsen, Samba, Salgado, Jones, Givet, Olsson, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Emerton, EH Diouf, MB Diouf, Kalinic, Benjani, Bunn, Chimbonda, Hoilett, Linganzi.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Raheem Sterling would interest Manchester City – Sky sources

Manchester City would be interested in signing Raheem Sterling if he were to become available, according to Sky sources.

Alan Pardew not sure Crystal Palace can match fine season in 2015-16

Alan Pardew says it is going to be difficult to repeat Crystal Palace's sensational second half of the season when the 2015-16 campaign starts.

Tim Sherwood expects Christian Benteke to remain Aston Villa player

Tim Sherwood is convinced Christian Benteke wants to stay at Aston Villa, although he has not broached the subject with him.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company