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The Championship clash at Bet365 Stadium on Saturday will see hosts Stoke City take to the field against opponents Blackburn Rovers.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Stoke City v Blackburn Rovers are shown below (inc. the best betting odds).
Stoke City will play in this match following on from a 0-0 Championship tied result against Coventry City.
In that match, Stoke City managed 60% possession and 6 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Coventry City got 13 shots on goal with 2 of them on target.
Fewer than three goals per match were recorded in 5 of the last 6 fixtures where Stoke City have taken part. Breaking down the goal distribution in that period, their opponents scored an aggregate of 3 and Stoke City totted up 5. That sort of pattern isn’t assured to be carried forward into this match, however.
Pre-game facts show that Stoke City:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Blackburn Rovers in their last 3 games.
- are undefeated in their last 3 home league matches.
Following on from tasting defeat last time out to Preston North End in Championship competition, Blackburn Rovers will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that match, Blackburn Rovers had 61% possession and 22 attempts on goal with 5 on target. The only player to score for Blackburn Rovers was Sammie Szmodics (49'). At the other end, Preston North End had 9 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Alan Browne (35') and Liam Lindsay (90') scored for Preston North End.
The stats tell the story, and Blackburn Rovers have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 7 goals in total. In defence, Blackburn Rovers have been far from perfect.
Going into this contest, Blackburn Rovers are unbeaten in their previous 3 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Looking over their prior head-to-head meetings dating back to 19/12/2020 shows that Stoke City have won 4 of these games & Blackburn Rovers 1, with the tally of drawn results being 1.
A sum of 11 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 7 of them for The Potters and 4 created by Rovers. That’s an average goals per game of 1.83.
The last league meeting featuring these sides was Championship match day 36 on 10/03/2023 when it ended Stoke City 3-2 Blackburn Rovers.
That time, Stoke City had 50% possession and 14 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. The goalscorers were Ki-Jana Hoever (24', 43') and Tyrese Campbell (75').
On the other side, Blackburn Rovers had 9 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Ben Brereton Díaz (86') and Sam Gallagher (90') scored.
The referee was Matt Donohue.
Team News: Stoke City
There is just one fitness concern for the Stoke City manager Alex Neil to contend with thanks to an almost full-strength squad. Frank Fielding (unknown injury) is out of contention.
It’s our opinion that The Potters could kick off with a 4-2-3-1 formation for this one and select Jack Bonham, Ki-Jana Hoever, Luke McNally, Michael Rose, Enda Stevens, Ben Pearson, Josh Laurent, Mehdi Léris, Daniel Johnson, André Vidigal and Ryan Mmaee.
Team News: Blackburn Rovers
Owing to a fully injury-free group ready to go, the Blackburn Rovers boss Jon Dahl Tomasson has zero fitness concerns at all before this match.
There’s a good chance that Rovers might play in a 4-2-3-1 system, settling for Leopold Wahlstedt, Lewis Travis, James Hill, Scott Wharton, Callum Brittain, Adam Wharton, Sondre Tronstad, Arnór Sigurdsson, Samuel Szmodics, Dilan Markanday and Tyrhys Dolan.
We believe that Blackburn Rovers might well have a job on their hands to hit the back of the net against this Stoke City side who should gain the upper hand.
With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a very competitive encounter with a 1-0 win for Stoke City when all is said and done.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Bet365 Stadium (30,089)
Captain: Josh Laurent
Chairman: John Coates & Peter Coates
Manager: Alex Neil
Competitions: Championship position 14
⭐ Key Man: Mehdi Léris
Generally taking to the field in the Right Wing position, Mehdi Léris was born in Mont-de-Marsan, France. Having made a first senior appearance for Chievo Verona in the 2017 - 2018 season, the dangerous Forward has managed to score 2 league goals in the Championship 2023 - 2024 season to date in a total of 11 appearances.