Fifth-placed Middlesbrough faces Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in the EFL Championship on Wednesday. Given the form of the two sides, it seems to be an easy outing for Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough has been in fine form and is unbeaten in their last five league games. Wilder’s side is currently placed fifth in the table, 10 points off the top. They will look to climb up the table with a win on Wednesday.
On the other hand, Blackpool is 13th in the league. Neil Critchley’s side has been in a rough patch of form of late, winning only once in their last 5 games. They will hope to turn things around with a win against Middlesbrough and focus on ensuring that they remain well clear of the relegation zone.
Both the sides need a win to climb up the table and this makes the match up yet more interesting.
Blackpool vs Middlesbrough Team News:
Blackpool has a lot of players on the touchline. Right-back Jordan Gabriel will be suspended for the game, while Reece James and midfielder Ryan Wintle have tested positive for COVID. Oliver Casey, Luke Garbutt, Kevin Stewart, Grant Ward, and Matty Virtue are all unavailable due to injury.
Middlesbrough has no new injury worries following their win against Nottingham Forest. Marc Bola and Marcus Browne are still out injured.
Head to Head:
Both sides have won two of their last five meetings against each other. The two sides have faced each other twice this season, with Blackpool having won both the reverse fixture and their EFL Cup tie.
Blackpool vs Middlesbrough predicted lineup:
Blackpool possible lineup:
Grimshaw; Lawrence-Gabriel, Ekpiteta, Gretarsson, Husband; Bowler, Dougall, Carey, Anderson; Madine, Yates
Middlesbrough possible lineup:
Lumley; Dijksteel, Fry, McNair; Jones, Crooks, Howson, Tavernier, Taylor; Watmore, Sporar
Player to look out for:
Slovenian striker Andraz Sporar can eye the back of the net for Middlesbrough. He has already netted 5 goals in the 19 matches played.
It’s difficult for Blackpool to take any points away from the game against Wilder’s side, given the form that the two sides are currently in. Considering all the odds, Middlesbrough can see themselves through in the clash against Blackpool on Wednesday.