Blackpool v Reading preview

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

Last Updated: 03/12/11 at 17:24   

Phillips: Pushing for a start

Phillips: Pushing for a start

Callum McManaman and Kevin Phillips are vying for a place in the Blackpool attack.

The Seasiders' preparations for the Championship clash were dealt a blow when Liverpool recalled Jonjo Shelvey from his loan spell on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old playmaker hit six goals in nine appearances for the Seasiders, revelling in the freedom afforded to him in a three-man forward line.

On-loan Wigan youngster McManaman starred alongside Shelvey and Lomana LuaLua when Ian Holloway's men romped to a 5-0 win at Elland Road last month, while veteran striker Phillips remains Blackpool's joint top scorer - alongside Shelvey - despite being restricted to bench duty in recent weeks.

Chris Basham could come into the Tangerines' defence after replacing Alex Baptiste (hamstring) in the first half of Tuesday night's defeat at Leicester.

Craig Cathcart (thigh) is back to full fitness and could also step in if the game comes too soon for Baptiste, while midfielder Keith Southern is available following illness.

Reading will be without captain Jobi McAnuff.

Winger McAnuff picked up his fifth booking of the season in the 3-2 victory over Peterborough in the Championship on Tuesday and serves a one-match ban so Kaspars Gorkss will skipper the team in his absence.

Hal Robson-Kanu, who scored a sublime goal after coming on as a second-half substitute in the defeat of Posh, is likely to deputise for McAnuff wide on the left.

Full-back Joseph Mills remains a doubt for Royals manager Brian McDermott with an ankle knock which has kept him out of Reading's last two matches. Veteran defender Ian Harte will continue to deputise for Mills should he fail to recover in time for the match at Bloomfield Road.

Midfielder Mikele Leigertwood was substituted with a minor injury problem on Tuesday but is unlikely to miss out for the Berkshire outfit, but young striker Nicholas Bignall remains sidelined following the knee surgery which prematurely ended his loan spell at Wycombe.

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Championship Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
15:00
Birmingham v Blackburn  
Brighton v Blackpool  
Burnley v Wigan  
Derby v Barnsley  
Ipswich v Bournemth  
Millwall v Doncaster  
QPR v Watford  
Sheff Wed v Charlton  
Yeovil v Huddersfld  
17:15
Leeds v N Forest  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 43 36 93
2 Burnley 43 32 86
3 Derby 43 29 78
4 QPR 43 14 73
5 Wigan 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 43 6 64
9 N Forest 43 5 62
10 Bournemth 43 -1 62
11 Blackburn 43 3 61
12 Watford 42 18 60
13 Middlesbro' 43 9 58
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 43 -8 53
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 42 -11 43
19 Doncaster 43 -28 43
20 Millwall 43 -29 43
21 Charlton 42 -24 42
22 Blackpool 43 -27 42
23 Barnsley 43 -29 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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