Blackpool v Chelsea preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:45

Blackpool v Chelsea preview

Blackpool will be without DJ Campbell and Charlie Adam for the game.
Campbell begins a three-match suspension after he was sent off in the 4-0 defeat at Wolves last Saturday, while Adam serves the second of his two-game ban for picking up 10 yellow cards this season.
Stephen Crainey, who has not made a first-team appearance since January 22 due to an ankle injury, is in line to return in defence and midfielder Elliot Grandin, absent for the last two games with a hamstring problem, has an outside chance of being involved.
However, the match will come too soon for Gary Taylor-Fletcher (hamstring) and Matt Gilks (knee).
Carlo Ancelotti is optimistic David Luiz and John Obi Mikel would be fit for Monday’s game.
Luiz has not trained since Tuesday’s win over Manchester United after straining a hamstring, while Mikel hurt his knee during the warm-up for that game.
Alex (knee) and Yossi Benayoun (Achilles) are both closing in on their returns from long-term injuries.
Blackpool (from): Kingson, Crainey, Southern, Eardley, Cathcart, Evatt, Phillips, Vaughan, Varney, Sylvestre, Beattie, Reid, Puncheon, Ormerod, Baptiste, Carney, Halstead, Kornilenko.
Chelsea (from): Cech, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Terry, Luiz, Ivanovic, Zhirkov, Cole, Mikel, Essien, Lampard, Ramires, McEachran, Kalou, Malouda, Anelka, Torres, Drogba, Turnbull.


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