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PREVIEW Blackpool v Oxford United

We look ahead to tonight's Sky Bet League 1 play-off semi-final second leg

21 May 2021

Oxford United travel to Blackpool this evening in the Sky Bet League 1 play-off semi-final second leg.

The U's look to make history at Bloomfield Road tonight. No team in the history of the play-offs has ever come back from 3-0 down after the first leg but the U's have been in great form on the road and will look to overcome the odds as the teams fight for a place at Wembley in the final.

TEAM NEWS
Cameron Brannagan, Sam Winnall and Jamie Hanson all limped off in the first leg on Tuesday night. Thankfully Hanson's injury was only cramp on his first start for a while but Brannagan and Winnall both felt hamstrings tighten and are rated doubtful.

With Sam Long also ruled out of the first leg the U's have been hit by injuries at just the wrong time but Rob Hall and Liam Kelly both travelled with the squad yesterday and could feature.

Long term absentees John Mousinho and Marcus McGuane are again ruled out but are back on the pitches and making good progress.

See Karl and Matty Taylor previewing the game in iFollow now.

THE OPPOSITION
Blackpool boss Neil Critchley told the official Blackpool website:

“To keep a clean sheet and score three goals in the first leg, we’ve got to be extremely happy with that. We’re playing with real confidence, I thought Ellis Simms was a real handful and his contribution was fantastic, but as a team we all performed really well.

“Rest and recovery will be hugely important heading into Friday night, but I can’t wait for it. I can’t wait to get out in front of the fans, I know the Tangerine Army will be making lots of noise and I know the players can’t wait either. They’ll be right behind us in full voice and hopefully we can give them something to cheer about at the end of the night.”

FANS AT THE GROUND
Blackpool have sold their full allocation of tickets  and no further tickets will be available: supporters without tickets should not travel.

COVERAGE
The game is available on SKY TV which means it cannot be streamed live in iFollow in the UK, although we will have audio commentary.

Overseas fans need to check whether the game is being broadcast in their region. If so then the game can also not be streamed live in iFollow

We have all the build up on twitter and on our official Insta page.

We will have a full report and Gallery right here on the final whistle and reaction from all the key men in iFollow.

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