Blackpool boss Barry Ferguson feels his players are the best prepared they have been to take on Burnley tonight.
The Seasiders are fighting for survival, two points and two places outside the relegation zone after a miserable run of two wins in 26 games.
But the former Blackburn Rovers midfielder feels his side can put the brakes on Burnley’s promotion ambitions at Bloomfield Road.
Ferguson said: “It’s a local derby, if we can’t get up for that we have serious problems.
“I’ve watched Burnley four times now, they are a well organised, well drilled team.
“They deserve to be where they are in the league.
“But the boys know what way they play, we know them inside out.
“We have been through how we want them to play, I can’t do any more in terms of preparation.
“This is probably the best we’ve been prepared for a game, the boys are looking forward to it.”
When Blackpool came to Turf Moor four days before Christmas, they were nine points adrift of Burnley.
They are now 41 behind the Clarets after a desperate sequence of results.
The Tangerines haven’t scored more than once in a game since November 30th at home to Sheffield Wednesday, but Ferguson insists his men will be up for the fight: “There’s pressure on Burnley, but there’s pressure on us too.
“Football players should be looking forward to this sort of game.
“It’s two teams who don’t really like each other.
“We’ll definitely be up for it and I’d like to think Burnley will too.
“We will go at them all guns blazing and try to win every single ball. We have to go and be positive.
“It’s a derby game, the past goes out the window.
“It’s all about who wants it the most when they go across the line. We need the energy off the crowd so I hope they are fully behind us.
“But the players shouldn’t need motivation for this game.
“If they don’t want it and we don’t win our battles then they’ll walk on top of us.
“I’ve played in a lot of derbies and these are the games people are in football for.
“We have a big chance to stop them getting promotion, and to move us away from relegation.”