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Match Preview: Bolton v Blackpool

17th v 18th, 41 points each... Dan looks ahead at what is a must win game for both Bolton and Blackpool

Blackpool visit the Reebok upon the back of an all important win against Huddersfield Town at the weekend and will undoubtedly be looking to carry their recent upturn in form on into this derby clash. But that rare victory was only the second win the Tangerines have managed since the end of November, after they ended their miserable run two weeks back against Millwall.

Bolton Wanderers' form has been slightly better of late and the Whites will look to carry on the momentum they ended the Yeovil game with into this match.

Matt Mills is in contention after Dougie Freedman revealed he is back in the squad after the injury he picked up against Watford and Jermaine Beckford could earn his first start in over two months after his 25 minute cameo against Yeovil.

Alex Baptiste will miss the visit of his former club whilst he serves a one game suspension following his red card on Saturday, but that aside, Freedman has no fresh injury concerns to contend with. Marc Tierney, Darren Pratley, Stuart Holden and Joe Riley are all still unavailable.

Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson has new signing Robert Earnshaw available after he was ineligible for Saturday's game against Huddersfield due to international clearance, after leaving Toronto FC.

The Seasiders will be without striker Steven Davies, as he was ruled out for the season with a groin problem last week and defender Kirk Broadfoot will also miss out, after limping off in the first half with a knee injury at the weekend.

And we'll all be treated to a special performance from Mark Clattenburg as he'll be officiating the game, the joys.

The game promises to be an important and almost definitely frustrating one, with both teams in need of a victory, so it should be loads of fun.