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2015/16 preview - introducing Blackpool FC

27 May 2015

Meet Millwall's League One opponents

BLACKPOOL

Founded: 1887

Stadium: Bloomfield Road

Nicknames: Seasiders, Tangerines 

Position last year: 24th in the Championship

Manager: Position currently vacant

Key player: Blackpool currently have just nine senior players on their books as the club prepare for life in League One following relegation at the end of a turbulent 2014/15 campaign. 

Midfielder Andrea Orlandi, who finished top scorer with four goals last season, is one of those nine players announced on the club's retained list.

Orlandi moved to the Seasiders 10 months ago, having enjoyed spells at Swansea City and then Brighton & HA.

He initially penned a one-year deal and having been one of the few shining lights in a miserable campaign, scoring four goals in 30 starts, Blackpool activated their one-year option on his contract. 

Top scorer: Andrea Orlandi (4 goals)

Head-to-head: The Tangerines and Lions have met on 46 previous occasions and Blackpool just edge the stats with 16 wins to Millwall's 14 in all competitions. The remaining 16 matches have finished all square.

Blackpool have enjoyed great home comfort over Millwall in recent years, winning the previous four meetings at Bloomfield Road.

However, their fortunes have not been so great on the road when heading to south east London, winning just once in their previous 16 visits to The Den, both old and new.

Last time we met: Peter Clarke's first goal since October 2011 gave bottom-of-the-table Blackpool a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Millwall on Saturday 10th January 2015.

The defender headed Jamie O'Hara's free-kick into the net from eight-yards in the first-half.

Substitute Stefan Maierhofer had Millwall's best chance after pouncing on an error from Clarke, but shot high and wide with the goal the gaping.

Blackpool: Lewis, Clarke, Dunne, McMahon, O'Dea (Hall, 21mins), Perkins, Orlandi, Oliver (Henshall, 61mins), O'Hara, Davies (Sene, 67mins), Delfouneso. Subs not used: Parish, Ferguson, Nosworthy, Mellis.
Scorer: Clarke (33mins)

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Harding (Gregory, 61mins), Wilkinson, Nelson, Martin, Woolford, Abdou, Chaplow, Fuller (Maierhofer, 59mins), McDonald (Gueye, 74mins). Subs not used: Bywater, Shittu, Briggs, Upson.

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