Jerry Yates starts: Planned Blackpool XI to face Hull City on New Years Day

Blackpool suffered a loss in their last game of 2021.

A 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough left the Tangerines in 13th place heading into the New Year.

Shane Lavery’s 91st minute equalizer was ultimately just consolation, as Duncan Watmore sealed the three points with an even later winner for Chris Wilder’s side.

Blackpool have won only once in 10 league games. Their last victory came against Peterborough on December 18, winning the lead with a 3-1 score.

The past few weeks have been tumultuous for Neil Critchley’s men, who lack up to 10 senior squad members for this game due to a Covid-19 infection.

Some of those players will be returning soon, but they’re unlikely to be sent straight back to the starting squad anytime soon.

Instead, Critchley can choose to stick with the three-behind formation he used against Middlesbrough.

If he decides to stick with the 5-3-2 formation, it is likely that he will name an unchanged team.

While it was likely that the 43-year-old only picked this lineup to match Wilder’s squad, it has proven to be effective enough to merit reconsideration.

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Since players are already playing through the pain barrier to make sure matches can go, there is simply very little leeway for Critchley to turn sideways currently.

Blackpool’s opponents Hull City are 19th in the championship. The Tigers lost their last away game 2-1 to Nottingham Forest. That meant they were now three games away from a win before Saturday’s draw.

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