Blackpool v Exeter: League Two play-off final talking points

Blackpool celebrate their stoppage time winner against Luton in the semi finals
Blackpool celebrate their stoppage time winner against Luton in the semi finals
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Blackpool have the chance to clinch an instant return to the third tier of English football this afternoon when they take on Exeter City in the League Two play-off final.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the talking points ahead of the contest.

What effect will the boycott have?

The Blackpool Supporters' Trust's 'Not A Penny More' campaign has targeted the interests of the Oyston family, the club's owners, and its boycott of home matches is set to be extended to the play-off final at Wembley. Just over 5,000 tickets had been sold on Thursday - a vast difference to the 37,000 who watched the Championship play-off final win against Cardiff in 2010.

Meanwhile, Exeter fans will outnumber their Blackpool counterparts by around 3-1 after the Devon club confirmed earlier this week they had sold more than 15,000 tickets and that support and encouragement could prove decisive should either team need a 12th man.

Is this Ollie Watkins' last game for Exeter?

Watkins was the subject of interest from Championship clubs in January - with Bristol City, Derby and Leeds among those reportedly keen - but Exeter managed to hold on to the promising forward. The 21-year-old scored 15 league goals this season, including two in the play-off semi-final second leg against Carlisle, to help fire the Grecians to Wembley.

He was named EFL Young Player of the Season last month and another big performance on Sunday will likely see clubs test Exeter's resolve once more over the summer.

Can Exeter complete an amazing turnaround?

A 3-2 defeat at Carlisle on November 19 left Exeter bottom of the Football League. Only Leyton Orient, who were relegated, and Newport have spent more days in the bottom three in League Two this season so to finish fifth in the table is some achievement.

If Paul Tisdale could mastermind one more win at Wembley on Sunday the transformation would be something near miraculous.

Will it be attack against defence?

Much of Exeter's rise up the table was down to their fire power. The Grecians scored 75 goals during the regular season, which was the third highest in the league behind champions Portsmouth (79) and third-placed Doncaster (85).

Blackpool's success this season has been based on a solid defence which conceded just 46 goals - the joint-third best in League Two. Which will prevail on Sunday?