Chelsea can consolidate their place in the top four when they travel to Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road on Monday.
The English Premier League champions breathed life into their Premiership defence with a 2-1 win over league leaders Manchester United on Tuesday, but they still trail Sir Alex Ferguson’s men by 12 points with a game in hand – but importantly head Tottenham by one point, in the fight to keep their Champions League place for next season.
Last time the two teams met, the Blues crunched the Seasiders 4-0 at Stamford Bridge in September, and it could have been a lot worse for Ian Holloway’s men had Chelsea converted more of their chances.
Blackpool were beaten by the same scoreline by Wolverhampton in their last Premier League clash, and sit perilously close to the drop zone, just four points ahead of Wolves in 18th.
The promoted club will be severely depleted when they take on Chelsea, as they will be without leading goalscorer DJ Campbell, who will serve the first of a three-game suspension, while captain Charlie Adam will begin a two-game suspension for picking up his 10th yellow card for the season against Wolves.
Chelsea signing David Luiz remains in doubt for the clash after tweaking a hamstring at training after he scored at Stamford Bridge to helped the Blues beat United, while John Obi Mikel injured his knee while warming up for that match, but could be included in the squad.
“Until now, he’s not been able to train. I hope he will train tomorrow,” Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said of Luiz.
“Mikel (Arteta), too, had a knee problem in the warm-up before the game against United. He had a scan yesterday, but everything was ok. I hope, also, that he can train tomorrow. The other players are fine.”