1. ITV Report

Blackpool - West Ham Preview

Ian Holloway Photo: PA

Blackpool go into this afternoon's clash at Wembley with a clean bill of health as the club look to climb into the top flight once again.

Both the Tangerines and West Ham are battling to make it an instant return to the money-spinning Premier League after both being relegated last season.

Blackpool finished the season strongly, surprising Birmingham in the semi-finals to earn a return to the scene of their play-off final triumph over Cardiff two years ago.

They will return the firm underdogs though the Seasiders were defeated both home and away by the Hammers is season.

Manager Ian Holloway says the club are in their best form of the season:


  • Blackpool are currently on a nine-match unbeaten run.
  • Blackpool will be the first side since Leicester in 1996 to immediately return to the Premier League via the play-offs.
  • West Ham beat Blackpool at home and away this season 4-0 and 4-1