Middlesbrough host Blackpool at Riverside Stadium in the EFL Championship on Saturday, and both teams have had a disappointing start to their seasons thus far.
Middlesbrough is currently 11th in the table, having won just two games so far this season. Neil Warnock’s team will enter the game after a 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest last time out.
They should be sure to score three points against a poor Blackpool team on Saturday.
Blackpool has been miserable this season and is currently ranked 22nd in the league. Neil Critchley’s team has only won one league game and looks set for a relegation fight this season.
Both sides will be looking for victories to start their campaigns and that should make Saturday’s game interesting.
Middlesbrough vs Blackpool head to head
Middlesbrough has a slight advantage based on the recent head-to-head record between the two sides, having won two of their last five meetings, with Blackpool winning just one.
Blackpool, however, knocked Middlesbrough out of the EFL Cup last month when they knocked them down 3-0. Goals from Callum Connolly, Shayne Lavery and Keshi Anderson ensured the victory.
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Middlesbrough vs. Blackpool team news
Marc Bola took a hit last week and it’s a question for the game, while Patrick McNair, Martin Payero and Marcus Browne are unavailable due to injury.
Injured: Patrick McNair, Martin Payero and Marcus Browne
Doubtful: Marc ball
CJ Hamilton and Grant Ward are doubtful for the game after taking hits earlier this week, while Matty Virtue is unavailable due to injury. Demetri Mitchell also recovered from a knee injury suffered in July and could return to the bench.
Injured: Matty virtue
Doubtful: CJ Hamilton, Grant Ward, Demetri Mitchell
Middlesbrough vs Blackpool XI predicted
Middlesbrough predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Joe Lumley; Lee Peltier, Dael Fry, Grant Hall, Anfernee Dijksteel; James Lea Siliki, Jonathan Howson; Onel Hernandez, Matt Crooks, Marcus Tavernier; Andraz Sporar
XI scheduled for Blackpool (4-4-2): Chris Maxwell; Luke Garbutt, Richard Keogh, Marvin Ekpiteta, Jordan Gabriel; Keshi Anderson, Kevin Stewart, Ryan Wintle, Josh Bowler; Tyreece John-Jules, Jerry Yates
Middlesbrough vs Blackpool prediction
Both teams have been in poor shape this season, but having home advantage should help Middlesbrough win the game.
We predict a close match, with Middlesbrough winning.
Prediction: Middlesbrough 1-0 Blackpool
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