Blackpool have had a bad last month with 4 losses and just 1 win. The team is currently ranked 13th in the Championship.
Middlesbrough – on the contrary – played the end of November and December by five. The team have won 4 wins and shared points with Stoke City once. Thanks to this success, Middlesbrough climbed to 5th place in the standings.
Blackpool and Middlesbrough have met twice this calendar year. It was Blackpool who managed to win both meetings: 3: 0 and 2: 1. But this does not bother the bookmakers: you can bet on Middlesbrough to win with the odds of 2.12. W1 is played for 3.50; X – for 3.40.
Blackpool have won only 1 of their last 5 matches at home (and even that one against the outsider of Peterborough United). While Middlesbrough is good on the road: just 1 loss with two wins and two draws.
Considering all of the above factors, I believe that guests will take revenge…
Under new coach Chris Wilder, Middlesbrough have lost only one game. The team clearly needs a win more than the hosts.
For the latter, it is much more important to gain a foothold in the Championship. While Wilder came to the club to take him to the Premier League.
I take W1 with a coefficient of 2.12.