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Match Preview: Middlesbrough U21s

Final Checkatrade Trophy Group Stage Fixture This Evening

1 November 2017

Blackpool will aim to progress to the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy when they host Middlesbrough's U21s this evening, kick-off 7pm.

Victory in the fixture would move The Seasiders up to seven points in Northern Group B and guarantee at least second place in the table.  

Last Time Out: 

A late strike from Max Clayton helped Blackpool record a 2-1 win at Accrington Stanley in the previous match of the competition. Danny Philliskirk was also on target for The Seasiders. 

Middlesbrough's U21s, meanwhile, lost 4-1 away to Wigan Athletic. Luke Armstrong got himself on the score-sheet for Boro. 

Team News: 

Callum Cooke is ineligible to play in this match due to the terms of his loan from Middlesbrough, while Clark Robertson, Jimmy Ryan, Kyle Vassell and Mark Cullen remain sidelined due to injury. 

Young left-back Caleb Richards has been recalled from his loan spell at Warrington Town and could feature at some stage. 

Match Betting Odds: 

Blackpool Win - 4/5
Draw - 11/4
Middlesbrough U21s Win - 16/5

Current Group B Standings: 

  Pl W D L F A GD Pts
Wigan Athletic 2 1 1 0 5 2 3 5*
Blackpool 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 4
Accrington Stanley 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 3
Middlesbrough U21s 2 0 0 2 3 7 -4 0

*Bonus point for Wigan due to penalty shoot-out victory against Blackpool. 

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