* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.
Blackpool vs Middlesbrough: Our top betting tips
Middlesbrough collected another point at the weekend as they look to build under their new boss Michael Carrick. Will that build continue here? Find out with our Blackpool vs Middlesbrough match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
Boro to take the win
We begin our predictions for this match by backing Middlesbrough to take maximum points. Middlesbrough have lost just one of their last five matches and have taken four points from their last two matches. Blackpool meanwhile have lost three of their last five matches and, notably, have fallen to defeat in each of their last two games. On top of that, Middlesbrough won the last head to head clash between these sides and, furthermore, they've won on three of their last four visits to Bloomfield Road. With all that considered, the odds on offer here represent good value.
Our next prediction for this game is that we'll see over 2.5 goals. Blackpool have gone over that threshold in three of their last five games with a total of 15 goals seen across that period; that gives them a game average of 3.0 per match. Middlesbrough meanwhile have also seen the 2.5 mark broken in three of their last five matches; their game average in that time sits at 2.8 goals. Finally, each of the last four head to head games have gone over 2.5 goals. With odds of 19/20 (1.95) on offer backing over 2.5 goals feels like a no brainer.
Here are the key stats & form guide for Blackpool vs Middlesbrough
Can Boro continue to build under Carrick?
Middlesbrough have pulled out of the relegation zone after taking four points from Michael Carrick's first three games in charge but they can slacken off with just one point between them and the bottom three. They could jump up the table with a win here though; Blackpool only sit a point – and two places – above them whilst Sunderland, who are three points better off than Boro, are up in the heady heights of 13th.
Blackpool have slid down the table over the past few weeks or so but they can at least point to injuries. Liam Bridcutt, Kevin Stewart and Lewis Fiorini are amongst the five first team players currently sidelined. The good news is that key duo Charlie Patino and Jerry Yates remain fit.
Blackpool Predicted lineup – Maxwell, Connolly, Husband, Thorniley, Ekpiteta, Ward, Dougall, Patino, Yates, Madine, Hamilton
Middlesbrough have looked a much better side in recent weeks and they've got a fairly clean bill of health ahead of this match. Only Duncan Watmore is missing from selection.
Middlesbrough Predicted lineup – Steffen, Smith, Fry, Lenihan, Giles, Howson, Hackney, Jones, Akpom, McGree, Forss
A quickfire FAQ on Blackpool vs Middlesbrough
- Where is the match being hosted? – Bloomfield Road
- Who do the bookmakers have as favourites? – Middlesbrough
- What time does the match kick off? 19:45 GMT