Middlesbrough v Blackpool: Match preview

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Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray looks set to give home debuts to winger Albert Adomah and defender Frazer Richardson in Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash against Blackpool at the Riverside.

Both summer recruits impressed against Charlton at The Valley last Saturday as Boro won 1-0 to record their first three points of the season.

Goalkeeper Jason Steele is expected to shake off an ankle injury that forced him off at The Valley while midfielder Grant Leadbitter should feature after a recent knock.

Jozsep Varga, on a season long loan from Debrecen, will be assessed by Mowbray after starting for Hungary midweek as they drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic.

Tony Mowbray had hoped to strengthen his attacking options during the week but two bids for strikers Ross McCormack and Tokelo Rantie were rejected by their respective clubs, Leeds United and Swedish side Malmo.

This means Lukas Jutkiewicz will lead the Boro attack again after netting two goals in his last two games.

Blackpool’s highly-rated winger Tom Ince will serve the second game of his two match suspension for making an offensive remark to an official during their Capital One Cup first round defeat at Preston.

Fellow wideman Matt Phillips remains sidelined with a broken arm sustained during pre-match training.

New signing Michael Chopra will be looking to net his first goal for the Seasiders following his arrival from Ipswich last month.

Manager Paul Ince is likely to select the same team that ran out fortunate 1-0 winners against Barnsley last weekend as he looks to maintain his side’s 100% winning start to the league campaign.

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