Blackpool host Shrewsbury Town on Saturday in a relegation six-pointer at the bottom of League One.

Blackpool find themselves in 18th place in the League One table, just three points clear of their opponents.

Form:

The seasiders are without a defeat in four games, including an impressive 1-0 home win against promotion chasing Gillingham last time round.
Shrewsbury have just one league victory in 2016, but that was an impressive 2-1 victory at table toppers burton.
Blackpool haven’t beaten Shrewsbury since 1997, and lost 2-0 in the return match between the sides in September.

Player News:

Martin Paterson returns to full fitness to boost the Tangerines’ attacking options, while Watford loanee Uche Ikpeazu will hope to start for the first time in a Blackpool shirt.
Mickey Mellon has a near full fit squad to choose from for the visitors, with Elliot Grandin expected to come straight into the squad and make his debut.

Key Players:

Martin Paterson (Blackpool) – Fully fit again after being out since December, the Blackpool striker is expected to bring a huge boost to his side’s survival hopes. The experienced frontman is a proven goalscorer, and Blackpool boss Neil MacDonald has every faith that he can contribute throughout the relegation battle.

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Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) – The front man has struggled in front of goal this season, but has this week been backed my his boss to score the goals that keep Shrewsbury Town in League One. With his manager showing faith in him, this could be the week where Akpa-Akpro comes good for the Shrews.

Our Prediction:

Both sides lack real quality, and a scrappy affair is expected. Blackpool should have enough in them to see off a Shrewsbury Town side, who may have one eye on next week’s home game against Manchester United. Blackpool 1-0 Shrewsbury Town

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