Middlesbrough vs Blackpool Prediction, Odds and Betting Tips 04/02/2023

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Middlesbrough - Blackpool

England Championship - Riverside

* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.

Here we bring you Championship predictions for Middlesbrough vs Blackpool with the game due to take place on Saturday 4th February.

Middlesbrough vs Blackpool: Our top betting predictions

Middlesbrough have really upped their game since changing manager to Michael Carrick. Here though they face a Blackpool side hoping to get a new manager bounce of their own with Mick McCarthy at the helm. Who will win as they meet? Find out with our Middlesbrough vs Blackpool match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.

Boro to win again

New manager bounce or not for Blackpool we simply don't see them getting a result at the Riverside. That means we are starting our predictions for this game by backing Middlesbrough to win. Middlesbrough have won nine of the 13 games Michael Carrick has been in charge of and their form at home has been especially strong with one draw and then four wins on the spin in the league. Blackpool meanwhile are struggling massively having not won away from home since October. We fancy Mick McCarthy to make serious improvements to the Seasiders – but not soon enough to benefit them in a game like this.

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A low scoring match

Our next prediction sees us backing under 2.5 goals and here the Mick McCarthy factor has entered our thinking. The former Wolves boss will be making Blackpool solid as his first job with his mantra very much “if you can't win, don't lose” and, even before his appointment they weren't exactly going goal crazy; three of their last four away games have gone under the 2.5 goal cut off with an average of 2.3 goals per game. As for Middlesbrough, each of their last three games have ended south of the 2.5 mark. It all points to a low scoring match up.

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Here are the key stats & form guide for Middlesbrough vs Blackpool

Head to Head

08/11/22

England Championship CHA

Blackpool

Blackpool

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

0

3

10/09/22

England Championship CHA

Blackpool

Blackpool

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

0

0

29/12/21

England Championship CHA

Blackpool

Blackpool

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

1

2

18/09/21

England Championship CHA

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

Blackpool

Blackpool

1

2

11/08/21

England EFL Cup EFL Cup

Blackpool

Blackpool

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

3

0

Last Five - Middlesbrough

02/03/24

England Championship CHA

Stoke

Stoke

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

2

0

L

24/02/24

England Championship CHA

gb

Plymouth

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

2

0

L

17/02/24

England Championship CHA

Leicester

Leicester

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

1

2

W

14/02/24

England Championship CHA

Preston

Preston

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

2

1

L

10/02/24

England Championship CHA

Bristol City

Bristol City

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

2

1

L

Last Five - Blackpool

02/03/24

England League 1 League 1

Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury

Blackpool

Blackpool

0

2

W

27/02/24

England League 1 League 1

Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient

Blackpool

Blackpool

1

0

L

24/02/24

England League 1 League 1

Bolton

Bolton

Blackpool

Blackpool

1

4

W

20/02/24

England EFL Trophy England

Peterborough

Peterborough

Blackpool

Blackpool

3

0

L

17/02/24

England League 1 League 1

Peterborough

Peterborough

Blackpool

Blackpool

1

2

W

So, that gives you some insight to how the different bookmakers see the action unfolding. How though do the bookies odds translate into probabilities ahead of this game and how might that impact your view of our predictions? Let's find out.

Middlesbrough odds: 4/7 (1.57) – xx%

Draw odds: 3/1 (4.00) – xx%

Blackpool odds: 14/3 (Odds TBC) – xx%

It won't take much of a math genius to realise that the chances of a Blackpool win in this game are extremely slim. In fact, the bookies don't even think a draw is all that likely with Middlesbrough heavily odds on to take all three points. Something else where the bookies are reasonably confident in their view is the total goals market; they've got ‘under 2.5 goals' priced up as odds on!

Check out the predicted lineups ahead of Middlesbrough vs Blackpool

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough boss Michael Carrick has overseen a real machine of late with Boro sweeping sides aside left, right and centre. Having recently beaten Watford we see a similar lineup for this game. That said, the likes of Matt Crooks might be back in the XI if they get their way.

Predicted lineup – Steffen, Smith, McNair, Lenihan, Giles, Hackney, Howson, Forss, Akpom, Crooks, Archer

Blackpool

We still don't really know what Blackpool will look like under Mick McCarthy but defensively solid – or at least intending to be – is almost guaranteed. The Seasiders played a back five against Southampton in the cup but we can see McCarthy going a little bit more expansive in this match. Personnel wise, if could easily be the same XI.

Predicted lineup – Maxwell, Lyons, Connolly, Goode, Husband, Hamilton, Patino, Trybull, Bowler, Poveda, Yates

Starting Lineups

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough
16
Jonny Howson
gb
8
Riley McGree
au
3
Ryan Giles
gb
1
Zack Steffen
us
14
Tommy Smith
gb
17
Paddy McNair
gb
29
Chuba Akpom
gb
26
Darragh Lenihan
ie
21
Marcus Forss
fi
10
Cameron Archer
gb
30
Hayden Hackney
gb
Substitutes
25
Matt Crooks
gb
2
Isaiah Jones
gb
27
Marc Bola
gb
6
Dael Fry
gb
4
Alex Mowatt
gb
23
Liam Roberts
gb
7
Daniel Barlaser
gb

Blackpool

Blackpool
24
Andrew Lyons
ie
11
Josh Bowler
gb
22
CJ Hamilton
ie
27
Charlie Goode
gb
1
Chris Maxwell
gb
31
Curtis Nelson
gb
46
Tom Trybull
de
2
Callum Connolly
gb
28
Charlie Patino
gb
9
Jerry Yates
gb
19
Shayne Lavery
gb
Substitutes
26
Ian Poveda
gb
25
Morgan Rogers
gb
12
Kenny Dougall
au
32
Daniel Grimshaw
gb
14
Gary Madine
gb
16
Sonny Carey
gb
34
Jordan Thorniley
gb

*Starting lineups are usually announced one hour prior to kick off.

Player to watch

We've backed Middlesbrough man Matt Crooks to make a return to the starting XI in this game and, if he does, there is a strong chance he has a big say on the match. The midfielder turned striker has been directly involved in four goals in his last five league games – despite playing time being limited in a couple of those games.

Check out the latest standings

Championship
# Team P W D L +/- Points
1 Leicester

Leicester

35 25 3 7 40 78
2 Ipswich

Ipswich

35 22 9 4 25 75
3 Leeds

Leeds

35 22 7 6 37 73
4 Southampton

Southampton

35 21 7 7 24 70
5 West Brom

West Brom

35 17 8 10 18 59
6 Hull

Hull

35 16 8 11 7 56
7 Norwich

Norwich

35 16 7 12 9 55
8 Preston

Preston

35 15 8 12 -5 53
9 Coventry

Coventry

35 13 12 10 10 51
10 Sunderland

Sunderland

35 14 5 16 6 47
11 Cardiff

Cardiff

35 14 5 16 -8 47
12 Watford

Watford

35 11 11 13 2 44
13 Bristol City

Bristol City

35 12 8 15 -1 44
14 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

34 13 5 16 -4 44
15 Swansea

Swansea

35 11 9 15 -11 42
16

Plymouth

35 10 10 15 -6 40
17 Blackburn

Blackburn

35 11 6 18 -13 39
18 Millwall

Millwall

35 10 9 16 -13 39
19 QPR

QPR

35 10 8 17 -12 38
20 Birmingham

Birmingham

34 10 8 16 -14 38
21 Huddersfield

Huddersfield

35 8 14 13 -15 38
22 Stoke

Stoke

35 10 8 17 -15 38
23 Sheff Wed

Sheff Wed

35 10 5 20 -24 35
24 Rotherham

Rotherham

35 3 10 22 -37 19

A quickfire FAQ on Middlesbrough vs Blackpool

Middlesbrough vs Blackpool Prediction

  • Where is the match being played? – Riverside
  • Who do the bookmakers have as favourites? – Middlesbrough
  • What time does the match kick off?  15:00 GMT

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