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Jones starts: The predicted Middlesbrough XI to face Blackpool on Saturday

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Middlesbrough got back to winning ways on Wednesday evening, condemning Nottingham Forest to their sixth defeat of the season with a 2-0 win. 

Boro ended their four games without a victory with a strong display against The Reds, a match that proved to be Chris Hughton’s last at The City Ground. 

Onel Hernandez and Andraz Sporar both netted for Neil Warnock’s side, ensuring that the three points traveled back to Teesside. 

Middlesbrough return to home action this weekend, welcoming Neil Critchley’s Blackpool to the Riverside. 

The Tangerines travel to the north-east with mixed emotions after the past week. Last Saturday, they beat Fulham to secure their first win of the season, before suffering a 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town midweek. 

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Warnock’s side will be hoping to continue their momentum into Saturday, and with another three points, they will certainly be knocking on the door on the much-desired play-off positions. 

Here, we take a look at how the hosts might line up against Blackpool on Saturday…

Warnock will be tempted to name a team similar to Wednesday, whilst also deploying similar tactics to the game that saw them beat Forest so comfortably. This would mean keeping with the 4-2-3-1 formation.

Joe Lumley is more than likely to maintain the number 1 spot in the team, after keeping a second clean sheet of the season during the week.

Dijksteel should also be named again after another great game against a very tricky player in Brennan Johnson.

Grant Hall and Dael Fry are both likely to retain their places at centre-back after a terrific defensive display during the week, with the latter returning to his best form.

Making it four brilliant defensive performances against The Reds on Wednesday, Peltier should also keep his place at left-back.

The promising midfield partnership of Jonny Howson and James Lea Siliki would very well against Forest, with the pair excelling at both sides of the games, meaning they are likely to start together again.

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Tavernier looked dangerous against Max Lowe, whilst Matt Crooks was instrumental to the majority of forward moves Middlesbrough out together, and the pair should be rewarded by starting again.

The only change to this team comes on the left-wing, and whilst Onel Hernandez proved to be extremely influential in the Midlands, he has not played consistent football for quite some time.

Isaiah Jones could be brought back into the fray as a result, with his relentless nature in attacking the full-back part of the reason why he could have so much success tomorrow.

Sporar took his goal expertly, in a performance where he proved he can get in behind and cause problems, whilst also holding the ball up and bringing others into play, and for that reason, he should expect another start.


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