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Match Preview – Scunthorpe vs Blackpool

Last Updated: 18/04/19 12:39pm

Scunthorpe defender Tom Pearce could return to contention for the home game against Blackpool.

Left-back Pearce, on loan from Leeds, returned to training this week after missing last Saturday’s home defeat to Burton because of a groin injury.

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Right-back Tony McMahon is expected to miss the Easter fixture programme due to a hamstring injury sustained in the recent draw at Shrewsbury. Josh Morris (fractured fibula/ankle), Matthew Lund, Jordan Clarke, Ryan Colclough (all knee) and Rory Watson (arm) all remain sidelined.

Blackpool boss Terry McPhillips has declared he has a “big and healthy” squad to choose from. The Seasiders came through unscathed in last week’s home defeat to Peterborough and McPhillips could name an unchanged starting line-up for the third game running.

Midfielder Jimmy Ryan, sidelined since the final game of the 2017/18 campaign due to a knee injury, has returned to full training and hopes to feature before the end of the season. Goalkeeper Mark Howard remains a long-term absentee after rupturing his Achilles tendon in March.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One game between Scunthorpe and Burton.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One game between Scunthorpe and Burton.

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Scunthorpe have won just one of their last 11 league encounters with Blackpool (D2 L8), a 3-2 victory away from home in December 2017.

Blackpool are unbeaten in the last five league visits to Scunthorpe (W3 D2), keeping clean sheets in their last two trips.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One game between Blackpool and Peterborough.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One game between Blackpool and Peterborough.

Scunthorpe are unbeaten in their last eight Good Friday matches (W4 D4), last tasting defeat in April 2010 at home to Blackpool.

Blackpool are winless in their last five league games played on Good Friday (D3 L2).

Scunthorpe United have seen 21 different goalscorers in League One this season; four more than any other side.

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