Cup Preview: Middlesbrough (H)

Blackpool's Carabao Cup campaign gets underway this evening, as Middlesbrough head to Bloomfield Road for a 7:45pm kick-off.

Neil Critchley's side welcome Boro on the back of their opening Championship fixture on Saturday, where the Seasiders claimed a late point in a 1-1 draw at Bristol City. Substitutes Shayne Lavery and Josh Bowler linked-up well, with Lavery able to poke home a cross in the 93rd minute at Ashton Gate to claim a point on the road.

Wednesday's visitors began their season on Sunday, in an impressive 1-1 draw at Fulham. Neil Warnock's side have brought in ten additions so far in this window, including Uche Ikpeazu, Lee Peltier and defender Sol Bamba who joined the Club on Tuesday.

The Manager: Neil Warnock
One of the most experienced managers in the EFL, 72-year-old Neil Warnock is in his second season at the Riverside Stadium, after joining the Club in June 2020. Warnock guided Middlesbrough to a tenth placed finish in his first season at the Club.

Warnock began his managerial career as far back as 1980 at Gainsborough Trinity, and has gone on to manage the likes of Huddersfield, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers.

The Key Man: Marcus Tavernier
A product of Middlesbrough's Academy, 22-year-old Marcus Tavernier has gone on to represent the first-team on 90 occasions. Aside from his time at the Riverside, Tavernier enjoyed a short spell on loan at MK Dons in 2018.

Our Last Three Meetings:

  • 10/02/15 - Blackpool 1 Middlesbrough 2
  • 20/09/14 - Middlesbrough 1 Blackpool 1
  • 11/01/14 - Blackpool 0 Middlesbrough 2

Who Comes Out On Top?
Blackpool have come up against Middlesbrough 66 times, with the first ever meeting between the two sides back in December 1900, where Boro won 3-1. Since that time, Blackpool have won 20 of those meetings, the last coming in September 2012, with Boro winning 29. There have been 17 draws between the two sides.

We've Met Before: Marc Bola
A fan's favourite during his time at Blackpool, Marc Bola originally joined the Seasiders in 2018 on a free transfer from Arsenal. In his first season at the club, the left-back won the Club's Player of the Year and Player's Player of the Year awards before signing for Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee in 2019. A short loan spell back at Bloomfield Road in early 2020 was eventually cut-short due to the curtailment of the season.

Tickets for the match will remain on sale at the Club's ticket office up until kick-off at 7:45pm. Tickets are priced at:

  • £15 for adults
  • £10 for seniors (65+)
  • £5 for U18's

Unfortunately, due to competition regulations, the game will not be streamed on Tangerine TV. However, audio passes to listen to action can still be purchased. To find out more on audio packages, visit here: 

For those returning to Bloomfield Road tonight, please read through our supporters' code of conduct HERE

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