BLACKPOOL’s derby clash with Blackburn is heading for a sell-out.
The Lancashire rivals meet at Bloomfield Road on Saturday for the first time since their Premier League encounters of 2010/11, when Rovers took four points from the two games.
There are around 650 tickets remaining, though Pool expect these to be snapped up as fans hope to witness Michael Appleton’s first home win as Pool boss.
After this week’s Fylde coast freeze, temperatures are expected to rise to a near tropical eight degrees over the weekend, meaning the game shouldn’t be in any doubt.
The Bloomfield Road pitch has been covered all this week as a precaution.
Pool welcome back Chris Basham after suspension and Bob Harris is expected to start at left-back as Stephen Crainey serves a one-match ban, having received his fifth booking of the season at Crystal Palace.
Appleton remains unbeaten after six games as Pool boss and is delighted with his side’s progress.
“I have to be pleased with four points from our last two away games,” he said.
“The negative side of last Saturday is that people will say it’s another draw, but it’s a point.
“The league is 46 games long and we just need to keep racking up the points. We went to a side in the top two on Saturday and probably should have won the game.
“I’ve said all along it’s important we pick up points during this tricky transitional spell, and that’s exactly what we’ve managed to do.”