Preview Tuesday's Game
Tuesday 30 September 2014
The Riverside Stadium
Like the majority of Blackpool’s recent fixtures, on Tuesday they come up against an in-form Championship side, as José Riga looks to halt his side’s poor start to the new campaign.
A trip to Middlesbrough provides The Seasiders with an opportunity to claim a first win of the season, but it’ll be a tough test against a Boro side which has taken 10 points from the last 12.
Pool were beaten by Norwich on Saturday, who in turn moved to the summit, and now they face Aitor Karanka’s side, who’ve put an indifferent start to the campaign behind them.
Outside of the play-offs on goal difference alone, Karanka strengthened well with signings such as Kike and Patrick Bamford, and they now look set to challenge for a return to the Premier League.
However they have lost twice at home this season, and Blackpool’s last away fixture brought a point at Brighton, which will give Riga hope when travelling to Teesside.
Riga is expected to select from the same squad as Saturday, with Peter Clarke and Jeffrey Rentmeister still struggling.
Both Jacob Mellis and Andrea Orlandi were used off the bench against The Canaries, making their returns from injury.
New signings Andre Blackman and Formose Mendy aren’t expected to be available.
Albert Adomah will be missing for Boro, after picking up two yellow cards in Saturday’s draw with Charlton.
Dean Whitehead also misses out with suspension, while Jonathan Woodgate and Jelle Vossen look set to be ruled out with injuries.
In The Build-Up
Blackpool took the lead against Norwich on Saturday, but were beaten 3-1. Their last away trip brought a goalless draw with Brighton.
Middlesbrough drew 0-0 with Charlton on Saturday, on the back of a memorable League Cup defeat at Liverpool.
In this fixture last season an injury-time equaliser from Marvin Emnes denied Blackpool three points, after Chris Basham’s opener.
Mustapha Carayol scored twice late on when the two sides last met in January, as Boro won 2-0 at Bloomfield Road.
Around The Championship
Leaders Norwich host Charlton on Tuesday, hoping to keep Nottingham Forest, who face Wigan, off the top.
On Wednesday strugglers Fulham and Bolton go head-to-head at Craven Cottage.
Brighton v Cardiff
Derby v Bournemouth
Millwall v Birmingham
Norwich v Charlton
Rotherham v Blackburn
Sheff Wed v Ipswich
Watford v Brentford
Wigan v Nottingham Forest
Leeds v Reading (Wed)
Wolves v Huddersfield (Wed)
Fulham v Bolton (Wed)