Preview: Middlesbrough (A)

Blackpool travel to the north-east this weekend to take on Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Seasiders will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday night's home defeat to Huddersfield Town, and would claim their first win on the road this season with a victory at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough, meanwhile, picked up their second win of the season on Tuesday evening in a 2-0 victory at bottom of the table Nottingham Forest. Boro come into Saturday's match in 12th place on nine points, with Blackpool occupying 22nd place on five points.

This will be the second time both sides have met already this season. The Seasiders dispatched both 3-0 in the first round oft he Carabao Cup last month, thanks to goals from Callum Connolly, Shayne Lavery and Keshi Anderson.

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

  • 11/08/21 - Blackpool 3 Middlesbrough 0
  • 10/02/15 - Blackpool 1 Middlesbrough 2
  • 20/09/14 - Middlesbrough 1 Blackpool 1

Who Comes Out On Top?
Blackpool have come up against Middlesbrough 67 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 21 of those meetings, 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.

The Referee: David Webb
David Webb will officiate his first Blackpool match in four years on Saturday, with his last being a 0-0 draw with Rochdale in September 2017.

Admission:
Tickets remain on sale at the Blackpool Ticket Office until 4pm on Friday.

Tickets will then be available to purchase on the day (cash only) from the away ticket office at the Riverside Stadium from 1:30pm on Saturday.

Prices are as follows:

  • Adults £30
  • Over 65’s £22
  • U18’s £17

Those who aren't travelling to the match can purchase an audio pass to listen to all of the action live. Supporters outside of the UK and Ireland can also purchase a match pass to watch the game live. Visit Tangerine TV for all the details.

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