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Whatever happens during the final two matches of the season, Blackpool will be delighted with their efforts, the pre-season relegation favourites already guaranteed a top-16 position.
Nevertheless, Neil Critchley‘s side only sit three points adrift of 10th spot, and that will remain the motivation heading into games with Derby and Peterborough United.
As a result of the scrap higher up the table, recognition for Blackpool’s results has been minimal, but reaching the 60-point mark at this stage is one of the most notable achievements in the EFL this campaign.
Blackpool also look determined to end with a flourish, posting seven points from their last three fixtures with the most recent of their nine goals during that period coming in Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Barnsley.
In Owen Dale and Oliver Casey, the goals came from unlikely sources, and both players will want to make a further impact in their respective positions with next season’s squad in mind.
Providing that he suffered no ill-effects to a rare 84 minutes on the pitch, Casey should retain his place in the centre of the Blackpool defence.
CJ Hamilton and Jerry Yates are both pushing for recalls to the side, but Critchley could be prepared to stick with the same starting lineup.
Derby will remain without Tom Lawrence, who serves the second of a two-game suspension for his dismissal at Queens Park Rangers.
While Rooney will naturally be looking ahead to next season, changes to his Derby XI are a possibility with Luke Plange potentially getting the nod ahead of Bartosz Cybulski in attack.
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Louie Sibley may replace Louie Watson on the left-hand side of midfield, while youngster Eiran Cashin could return at centre-back after being handed a rest for the Bristol City game.
Blackpool possible starting lineup:
Maxwell; Connolly, Ekpiteta, Casey, Husband; Dale, Virtue, Dougall, Kirk; Beesley, Lavery
Derby County possible starting lineup:
Allsop; Byrne, Cashin, Davies, Forsyth; Thompson, Bird; Ebiowei, Morrison, Sibley; Plange