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Team news for Sunday's Championship clash between Blackpool and Peterborough at Bloomfield Road.

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Holloway: Set to make changes

Holloway: Set to make changes

Blackpool pair Matt Phillips and Matt Gilks are both expected to return to the squad for the home clash with Peterborough.

Manager Ian Holloway made 11 changes for Thursday night's Carling Cup penalty shootout defeat at Sheffield Wednesday and will revert back to something like the side that started in the 1-0 win at Hull in their opening league match.

Winger Phillips has yet to feature for the Seasiders this season as he has been on England duty at the Under-20s World Cup in Colombia while Gilks injured his ankle against Hull.

Mark Halstead, who made only his second start for Blackpool at Sheffield Wednesday, is on stand-by if Gilks fails to make it.

Defenders Stephen Crainey and Craig Cathcart missed out on Thursday due to international commitments, but are expected to return to the starting line-up.

Centre-half Ashley Eastham will not be in contention following his straight red card at Hillsborough for a professional foul.

Grant McCann comes back into the Peterborough squad for the trip to Blackpool on Sunday.

The midfielder missed the midweek Carling Cup victory over Stevenage as he was away on international duty.

McCann played the full 90 minutes as Northern Ireland beat the Faroe Islands 4-0 in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Belfast on Wednesday night.

Another addition to Darren Ferguson's squad will be new signing Josh Thompson. Posh have the young defender on a season-long loan from Celtic and he has received international clearance to play at Bloomfield Road.

Striker Nicky Ajose will remain on the sidelines. The former Manchester United trainee was forced out of the opening-day victory over Crystal Palace last weekend after just 27 minutes due to a hamstring injury.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Blackburn v Yeovil  
Bournemth v Sheff Wed  
Charlton v Bolton  
Huddersfld v Brighton  
Wigan v Reading  
17:15
Blackpool v Burnley  
19:30
Doncaster v Derby  
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR  
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds  
Middlesbro' v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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