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16:00 28th April 2017

Preview: Blackpool (H)

Notts County will look to end their Meadow Lane campaign on a high as they host Blackpool in their final home game of the 2016-17 season.

The Magpies have lost their last two games - both against sides in the top four - and Kevin Nolan wants a response from his side to take some momentum into the summer break.

Blackpool currently occupy a play-off place and can secure their spot in the top seven with a win if results elsewhere go in their favour.

The Seasiders come into the game on the back of successive wins against Doncaster Rovers and Cheltenham Town and have lost only once in their last six trips away from Bloomfield Road.

League positions

Notts: 16th (53pts) 
Blackpool: 6th (67pts)

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Notts manager Kevin Nolan says…

"We've got to get back to winning ways on our own territory. It's about us finishing with a bit of a bang - not just resting on our laurels.

"It's very important we don't switch off now. These next two games are massive for us.

"We finished 18th last year and we want to better that."

Click here for more from the Notts manager.

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer says…

"Some of our most impressive performances this season have come on the road - Carlisle away, Plymouth away and Doncaster away spring to mind very quickly. 

"We've also gone to places and won where we've not played as well as we can. We've shown we can find a way to win and grind results out."

Team news

Nolan will be without defender Matt Tootle, who has a groin injury, while Marc Bola and Rob Milsom are also struggling with niggles.

Match officials

Referee: Dean Whitestone
Assistants: Matthew Perry and Paul Thompson
Fourth Official: Declan Ford

This will be Whitestone’s first Notts game in almost three years. He last refereed the Magpies in a 2-1 defeat at home to Bristol City in August 2014.

In this campaign he has taken charge of 41 games, showing 116 yellow cards and six reds.


The Seasiders have an edge over Notts in the head-to-head stakes, with 24 wins to the Magpies' 19.

County have won the last four league meetings between the sides at Meadow Lane.

Total games: 58
Notts wins: 19
Draws: 15
Blackpool wins: 24

Last home win against Blackpool…

Notts' last home win against the Seasiders came in in April 2004 when Tony Scully, Paul Heffernan (2) and Steve Scoffham all found the back of the net. Mike Sheron scored the visitors' consolation.


Adults can watch the game for only £20, while under 12s' tickets are free.

Supporters who wish to pay cash on matchday must do so from either the ticket office or the dedicated matchday booth before taking their ticket to the turnstile.

Click here for full ticketing information and prices.

Fancy a flutter?

Sky Bet have priced up Notts as 12/5 outsiders to pick up all three points, with the visitors 21/20 to go back to Lancashire with a win. The draw is 5/2.

Mark Yeates is yet to score for the Magpies since his move from Blackpool in January and the winger is 16/1 to open the scoring this weekend against his former club.

The Tangerines were 4-0 winners in the reverse fixture in November. Notts can be backed to win by the same scoreline at a price of 100/1. A more conservative 1-0 victory is 10/1.

Every Notts fan who signs up to Sky Bet using this link helps the club financially so if you're going to have a flutter, do it with Sky Bet!

Check out Sky Bet's odds on the game here.

What's on

A number of special events are taking place around Meadow Lane tomorrow. Click here to find out more.