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The Blackpool head coach lined up with three at the back in November when the sides first met at the Liberty Stadium.

Dujon Sterling started at the right of the back three alongside Marvin Ekpiteta and James Husband, while Jordan Gabriel and Reece James served as full-backs.

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Jerry Yates led the attack alone with Demetri Mitchell – who has since left – and Keshi Anderson on either side of him.

Swansea play a unique brand of football which sees them dominate possession, building up attacks from goalkeeper and defenders and through thirds.

With that in mind, it raises the prospect of the Seasiders adapting their system to nullify any potential power play advantage in the middle of the park.

But with the Seasiders in good form playing at home, many Blackpool fans will want to see Critchley stick to the 4-4-2 system that has served them so well this season.

Neil Critchley could deliberate on his system for tomorrow’s game against Swansea

Russell Martin’s side played with a four-man defender in midweek when his side were beaten 5-1 by league leaders Fulham. But overall they stuck to a smooth 3-4-3 system.

When asked if a roster change had been considered, Critchley told The Gazette: “We want to be us, so whatever roster we play, you always see certain principles. Training is just the steering wheel.

“The principles of your way of playing must remain consistent. For example, when we played QPR away recently, even though we changed the form, we were still on the front foot and forward pressures and high pressures, chasing the goalkeeper and so on.

“In this game, QPR didn’t come close to our goal in the first half except from the corner.

“Sometimes you change formations if you think it’s the right thing to do, but we’re on the back of two good wins playing a certain formation and that’s something we have to consider factoring into this game.”

Despite their heavy loss to Fulham in midweek, the Swans are in good form with four wins from seven.

Elsewhere, it has been a disappointing campaign for the South Wales side, who sit in 16th place – four points behind the Seasiders.

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