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Pre-Match Brief: Middlesbrough

Posted: Fri 10 Jan 2014
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Latest Information Ahead Of Fixture

Blackpool's first home game of 2014 sees Middlesbrough come to town tomorrow, with The Seasiders looking to get their league form back on track.

Without Kirk Broadfoot for the final match of his suspension and the injured Bobby Grant, Isaiah Osbourne and Mark Halstead, manager Paul Ince is likely to call on the same players who featured against Bolton Wanderers.

Middlesbrough, unbeaten in their last four league games, could give a debut to on-loan Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo, although Jason Steele and Kei Kamara remain sidelined due to injury.

Manager Views

Paul Ince: "It's been a terrible five weeks for us but there's of positivity about the lads, and that was down to the fans on Saturday. They kind of realised the situation we are in and we put in a very good performance. If you play well and perform like that then I think the fans will support you and be right behind you."

Aitor Karanka: "Confidence is very good now but we don't think that we are the best team in the league now because we won three games and drew another one. Blackpool will be a hard game."

Ticket News

Matchday tickets remain on sale for game and can be purchased from the ticket office right up until kick-off, with any pre-booked tickets available for collection at the ticket booth, located just outside the ticket office, from 11am.

Around 1,300 Middlesbrough fans are set to make the trip to Bloomfield Road, with tickets remaining available from the away ticket booth from 1.30pm for those still wishing to attend.   

Matchday tickets are priced as follows: 

£25 for Adults 
£20 for Seniors 
£17 for 16-U19 
£15 for Under-16s 

Please note: a £5 discount applies to the price of a members ticket and tickets in the East Stand are £1 cheaper than advertised.  

Match Officials

Mick Russell has been confirmed as the referee for the game tomorrow, assisted by Philip Dermott and Darren Handley. Mr Russell last officiated a Blackpool game in March 2013, which was a goal-less draw against Bristol City. 

Up The Pool

The latest edition of Up The Pool, the club's matchday magazine, will be on sale around the ground and from the club shop prior to kick-off, priced at just £3. 

Neal Bishop is the subject of our main interview for the game, while Craig Cathcart, Steve Harrison and Jeff Winter also feature. Ben Gibson provides a view from a Middlesbrough perspective.    

Betting Odds

The Seasiders are priced at 2/1 to win the match, with striker Ricardo Fuller available at odds of 7/4 to score at anytime during the 90 minutes. Please click here for a full list of betting options with Sky Bet.