BLACKPOOL boss Neil Critchley disagrees his side are favourites heading into the Sky Bet League One play-offs.

The Tangerines visit Oxford United in their semi-final first leg on Tuesday (6pm), with the return fixture at Bloomfield Road on Friday (7.45pm).

Like the U's, Blackpool have enjoyed a strong end to the season, winning their final four games without conceding to finish third in the table.

They ended the campaign six points above United, who triumphed in six of their last seven matches - scoring 24 goals - to sneak into sixth place on the final day.

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It has given the U's a chance to atone for last season's play-off final defeat to Wycombe Wanderers, with 16 of the 20-man squad involved that day still at the club.

Critchley knows that could benefit United this time around, but feels there is little to choose between the sides as they aim to set up a Wembley date with Sunderland or Lincoln City two weeks today.

Critchley told the Blackpool Gazette: "They’ve got a lot of attacking players in their team and have a real threat. They have a clear way of playing too.

“They’ve also got the experience of playing in the play-offs last season and a lot of their current squad were involved in their two-legged game against Portsmouth and the final against Wycombe.

“You could say they’ve got an advantage on that side, but they’re in good form and we’re in good form.

“Across all four teams, I don’t see it as favourites or underdogs, I just see four good teams who are evenly-matched.

“It might come down to a little bit of luck or bad luck, it might be a decision, but I’d expect all games to be close.”