Our prediction for this Championship match:
Buoyed by a 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Blackpool at their Riverside Stadium. The Boro did well to put an end to their four-game winless run, but they do not want to stop now. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be former Norwich City midfielder Onel Hernandez, who opened his goal-scoring account in the midweek triumph.
The Seasiders, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Huddersfield, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as underdogs in Saturday’s clash. Given Middlesbrough’s display in the triumph over Forest, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. Matty Virtue is sidelined with injury, while all CJ Hamilton, Grant Ward, and Demetri Mitchell are rated doubtful for the game.
Highlighted Player (Sam Morsy):
Sam Morsy is a professional footballer who plays for Wigan Athletic in the Championship. His full name is Samy Sayed Morsy and he started his youth career at Wolverhampton Wanderers. During his spell with Wolves he was spotted by Port Vale scouts and in 2008 joined the Vale Park outfit.
The talented midfielder made his debut for the first team on 23 February, 2010 in a 4-0 win over Lincoln City and at the end of the 2009/2010 campaign he was given the Youth Player of the Year award. After playing 71 league games for Port Vale, Sam Morsy joined Chesterfield in July 2013 and on 30 march 2014 he participated in the Football League Trophy final. However, he did not help Chesterfield beat Peterborough United in the title game (1-3).
On 28 January 2016 Morsy signed a two-and- a-half year contract with Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee. Sam Morsy was born in Wolverhampton on 10 September, 1991 and he was father is Egyptian.
Highlighted Team (Blackpool):
Blackpool FC are a professional English club based in Blackpool, Lancashire. Considering that Blackpool is a seaside town, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Seasiders. Founded back in 1887, the club play their home matches at Bloomfield Road, which can hold up to 17,338 spectators. In the 2009/2010 season Blackpool secured promotion to the Premier League, but they were not competitive at this level, suffering relegation to the Championship the following season.
The club’s biggest success, though, came in 1953 when they defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-3 in the FA Cup final. Blackpool are well known for their orange shirts, but the dominant colour of their away kit is white. Preston are considered the club’s biggest rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the West Lancashire derby.
Charlie Adam, who played for Liverpool and has 26 caps for Scotland national team, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable players.