MATCH BY NUMBERS: Bloomfield Road has become a fortress, but Ipswich Town are loving life on the road
Blackpool v Ipswich Town: Ipswich will need to stop the goalscoring threat of long-term nemesis Kevin Phillips if they are to leave Lancashire this weekend with their unbeaten start still intact.
The veteran striker, who has started both league matches for the Seasiders so far this season, has a remarkable record against the Blues having scored seven goals in his last seven meetings against the Suffolk side.
The 39-year-old has netted against Town for five different clubs during a career spanning nearly two decades and scored in the last meeting between the two sides back in January, when he came off the bench to fire home the equaliser in a 2-2 draw.
Blackpool have turned their Bloomfield Road ground into a fortress recently, with the Tangerines having suffered only one league home defeat from 13 so far during this calendar year.
To make matters worse for Town, their recent record against the north-west club isn’t great, with Ipswich having won only one of their last five meetings against Ian Holloway’s men.
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Ipswich’s last two visits to the Fylde Coast have brought two defeats with no goals scored, although the previous three meetings in all competitions at Bloomfield Road had resulted in Blues victories.
The hosts have started their season strongly with maximum points from their opening two matches, although it has been over 20 years since Blackpool managed three league wins on the trot to start a campaign, back in the 1991-92 season when the Seasiders were in the fourth tier.
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Paul Jewell’s side will be looking to build on their decent away record which has seen them unbeaten in their past four away matches, their best run on the road in nearly two years.
Overall, it’s the Tractor Boys who have the better head-to-head record, having won seven of the 18 league matches played between the two sides, with Blackpool only registering three victories and the other eight games finishing in draws.