Both Blackpool and Charlton will be hoping to bounce back on Tuesday night after they suffered embarrassing defeats at the weekend. The hosts were brushed aside by Blackburn away from home, as they lost 3-0, while Tuesday’s visitors were beaten all too easily by Peterborough, as they too lost by four goals to one on the road.
Given their form going into Saturday’s match, Blackpool would’ve been hoping to do much better, though that defeat shouldn’t detract from the fact that Gary Bowyer’s men have done well of late. Now back in front of their own fans, against a team who’ve lost two on the spin, the Seasiders should be feeling quietly confident.
In front of their own fans Blackpool will fancy their chances and why not, after they’ve beaten some of the league’s best over the last few weeks. However, during that time, the Seasiders have ridden their luck somewhat. Like Charlton, the hosts come into this match off the back of a poor defeat, one where they failed to really threaten at any point. Facing Charlton on home soil will be easier than facing Blackburn on the road, but it’s easy to think that the home side are a tad overpriced.
Defensively, there’s not likely to be much between this pair – both teams can keep it tight on their day, though both are also prone to weak spells at the back – but Charlton are the side who’ve tended to offer more going forward. They’ll need to defend far better than they did on Saturday, but it’s easy to see Charlton doing well in the final third on Tuesday night.
The visitors did indeed suffer something of a hammer blow when losing to play-off rivals Peterborough at the weekend, though the score-line on that occasion wasn’t exactly a true reflection of what happened on the pitch. On balance, the Posh, who were more clinical, deserved to win, but it could have been a very different score-line had Charlton converted from the spot when a goal down. Ultimately, the visitors were made to pay for wasting a few promising opportunities and ended up being caught out on the break against a side who can be devastating when in front.
Though their defensive performance on Saturday, at least in terms of the score-line, doesn’t exactly bode well, Charlton aren’t likely to be under the same amount of pressure against a Blackpool team who’re often not that threatening in the final third. From a creativity point of view, the hosts have often struggled to create high-quality opportunities, while Charlton have done well in that respect.
Both teams were involved in high-scoring matches at the weekend, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the goals were few and far between at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night. This pair could quite easily cancel each other for much of the contest, as was the case when they met earlier in the campaign, though Charlton’s extra quality in the final third could be the catalyst for an away win.
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