Blackpool v Bristol City preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship clash between Blackpool and Bristol City at Bloomfield Road.

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Evatt: Has an ankle problem

Evatt: Has an ankle problem

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Blackpool could be without veteran defender Ian Evatt.

Evatt hobbled off the pitch with an ankle injury during the Seasiders' 2-2 draw with Coventry on Tuesday and the centre-back is likely to be replaced by Neal Eardley who came on against the Sky Blues.

Eardley has been nursing a dislocated finger and a foot injury, but will be the most obvious replacement should Evatt not make it.

Manager Ian Holloway tried to replace Evatt with Matt Phillips before Coventry's second goal and his protests resulted in a touchline ban, which he will serve when the Robins visit Bloomfield Road.

Midfielder Elliot Grandin (foot) was the only absentee against the Sky Blues and he looks set to miss out once more.

Goalkeeper Dean Gerken could make a return between the sticks for Bristol City.

Gerken has played second fiddle to David James in the City goal for much of the season, but after a jittery performance from James in midweek against Reading - the former England stopper was partially at fault for two of the Royals' three goals - he could be given a chance by boss Keith Millen.

Cole Skuse is unlikely to travel to Bloomfield Road with the Robins. The defender was taken ill before the 3-2 defeat to Reading and has not trained since.

Jamie McAllister still has a number of weeks on the sidelines as he recuperates from an ankle injury.

Liam Fontaine (ankle) will not feature until after the international break although the defender has begun running work in training this week.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:15
Ipswich v Norwich
15:00
Blackburn v Bournemth
Brentford v Birmingham
Brighton v Bolton
Derby v Fulham
Huddersfld v Charlton
M'boro v Sheff Wed
Millwall v Rotherham
N Forest v Reading
Watford v Leeds

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 3 3 7
2 Cardiff 3 3 7
3 Millwall 3 3 7
4 Charlton 3 2 7
5 Bournemth 3 4 6
6 Norwich 3 4 6
7 Watford 3 2 6
8 M'boro 3 2 6
9 Wolves 3 1 6
10 Sheff Wed 3 1 5
11 Ipswich 3 0 4
12 Reading 3 0 4
13 Brentford 3 0 4
14 Derby 3 0 4
15 Blackburn 3 -1 4
16 Birmingham 3 -1 4
17 Brighton 3 0 3
18 Rotherham 3 -2 3
19 Leeds 3 -3 3
20 Huddersfld 3 -5 3
21 Wigan 3 -2 1
22 Bolton 3 -4 1
23 Fulham 3 -3 0
24 Blackpool 3 -4 0

Updated Thu, 21 Aug 2014

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