Premier League - Matchpack: Blackpool v Manchester United
Fri, 03 Dec 12:11:00 2010
Blackpool could name an unchanged squad for the clash against Manchester United. Ghana international Richard Kingson will continue to deputise in goal for the injured Matt Gilks, a bang to the knee in last week's draw at Bolton not being serious. Midfielder Chris Basham is facing a lengthy lay-off having broken his leg in the reserves last week while striker Marlon Harewood (torn hamstring) is still out. Billy Clarke, Alex Baptiste and Louis Almond are long-term absentees.
Veteran United midfielder Paul Scholes is doubtful for the trip to Bloomfield Road because of a groin injury. Manager Alex Ferguson could be tempted to name the team that hammered Blackburn 7-1 after making 10 changes in midweek when they lost to West Ham in the Carling Cup. Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher will both come into contention after recovering from their recent injuries.
The last time Blackpool and Manchester United were both in the top flight the two encounters ended 1-1.
United are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League away games, but have drawn six of the last seven.
Blackpool haven’t kept a Premier League clean sheet at home, but only Blackburn have stopped them from scoring twice at Bloomfield Road.
Nani leads the league in terms of goal assists with eight to his name so far.
Manchester United have scored nine headed goals, more than any other team in the top flight.
88% of the goals Manchester United have conceded have been netted after the break, the highest percentage in the Premier League.
Manchester United have scored with one in five of their goal attempts, the best ratio in the Premier League.
Blackpool have allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other team, 102.
Manchester United have allowed fewer shots on target against them than any other side, 50.
Only West Ham have shipped more headed goals (nine) than Blackpool (seven) in the Premier League this season.PA Sport / Opta