Blackpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bloomfield Road, Saturday 3:00 kick off
Even the international break could not give Blackpool a chance to rest, but more on that later. They face a Wolves side who have made a superb start to the season and will be tasting another victory at the hands of the Tangerines.
If Watford’s manager leaving whilst 2nd in the table was odd, events at Blackpool this week were nothing short of crazy. After publicly criticising manager Jose Riga, the Tangerines chairman made an approach for Burton manager Gary Rowett only to the see the boss of the League 2 club turn down talks. All this taking place whilst Riga prepares his threadbare squad for this weekend’s match where Blackpool look to get their first point on the board. Riga’s assistant left the club this week and in an interview with BBC Radio Lancashire he explained that he had been working unpaid “No. I didn’t have a contract so I left.”. This is not a way to run a football club and as I have said previously this season it seems the struggle for Blackpool fans will continue and life in League 1 next year becomes more of a certainty. Riga is short of players as it is and Jose Cubero still awaits a work permit and Jacob Mellis is sidelined through injury, what a sorry state of affairs for a club that was playing in front of sold out crowds in the Premier League a few years ago.
Wolves express how a football club can turn it around and possibly offer hope to Blackpool that after a few backwards steps a club can once again head in the right direction. Kenny Jackett has been the figurehead of this revival taking over the club in the summer of 2013 and guiding them straight to promotion back to the Championship and he has not stopped there. A blistering start to the season taking 12 points from the opening month gave Jackett the Manager of the Month award for August and the opportunity to sit top of the table at the close of play this Saturday. The Wolves boss has the luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from and he will be left with the fortunate headache of choosing which players to leave out over who should be included. Bakary Sako is the current top scorer for Wolves with 3 goals and he is this game’s key man.
Score prediction: 3-0 Wolves win