Blackpool Vs Fulham, Sat 28 Aug 2010

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Blackpool defender Ian Evatt is available again for the club's first home match in the Barclays Premier League.

Evatt looks in line to face Fulham at the revamped Bloomfield Road after missing the Carling Cup defeat by MK Dons through suspension.

Goalkeeper Paul Rachubka remains sidelined after having an operation on his knee, as is striker Jason Euell.

Boss Ian Holloway is thrilled at the prospect of playing in the new-look 16,000 all-seater stadium now the redevelopment has been completed and he has told his players to seize the moment against Fulham, now managed by Mark Hughes.

Blackpool had to switch their opening-day fixture to Wigan - which ended in a 4-0 win - as the work was not done in time for the match.

Holloway said: "I am told we are heading for our biggest crowd since 1977 and being at home in the Premier League is what we have all dreamed of.

"My players have got to stop dreaming and actually do it. That is the hardest thing.

"I managed to do it at 29. Gerry Francis took me to QPR and you do worry about yourself. Are you good enough? Are you quick enough?

"I don't think any of my lads are, with the greatest respect to them. Collectively we have a great chance at the end of the season just as we did in the last campaign.

"We know how tough it is going to be but I hope we can leave a mark. I hope it is quality football.

"I expect Fulham to be a lot higher quality than we are but will try our best. I have always tried to be a glass-half-full person even in the bad times. That's what I want my players to be."

Fulham boss Hughes must decide whether to pair Moussa Dembele with Bobby Zamora in attack.

Dembele marked his full debut with a goal in Wednesday night's Carling Cup second-round thrashing of Port Vale and is pushing for another start.

Fellow new signing Rafik Halliche could make his bow in defence, but goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer (back) may miss out again, while Philippe Senderos (Achilles), Andrew Johnson (knee) and Diomansy Kamara (foot) are long-term injury absentees.

Hughes wants his Fulham side to be party poopers.

Saturday sees the Seasiders host their first top-flight match for 39 years and it will also mark the opening of Bloomfield Road's new East Stand.

The historic occasion is bound to induce a carnival atmosphere before kick-off but Cottagers boss Hughes is determined to spoil his hosts' big day.

"There's huge interest in the town and obviously you see the enthusiasm it generates," said Hughes.

"Everybody from Blackpool probably earmarked the first home game for a real show of solidarity for the team. I'm sure whatever crowd is in will give them great support.

"From our point of view, we've got to make sure that we're able to quieten the crowd down and then play our stuff and maybe disappoint them at the end of the day."

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