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The Championship clash at Ewood Park on Wednesday sees hosts Blackburn Rovers welcome guests Sunderland.
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Blackburn Rovers will be hoping for a better result after a 1-3 Championship loss in their previous game against Sunderland.
In that match, Blackburn Rovers managed 58% possession and 22 attempts at goal with 6 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Blackburn Rovers was Harry Leonard (35'). Sunderland got 13 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Jack Clarke (28', 78') and Dan Neil (45') scored for Sunderland.
Fixtures featuring Blackburn Rovers have tended to be exciting ones recently with high scoring being a real hallmark. Over their past half dozen games, a total of 22 goals have been recorded for both sides combined (at an average of 3.67 goals per game) with 14 of these coming from Blackburn Rovers. That sort of pattern might not be carried forward into this match, of course.
Throughout their six latest matches, Tony Mowbray's Sunderland have turned their attacks into goals a total of 12 times - yielding them the goals per game average of 2.
Their prior results show that Sunderland:
- have left without a victory over Blackburn Rovers when having played them away from home in the previous 4 matches in the league. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- are unbeaten in their last 2 away league matches.
Head to head
A look at their most recent head to head clashes stretching back to 18/10/2010 shows that Blackburn Rovers have won 2 of these & Sunderland 3, with the tally of draws standing at 1.
13 goals were yielded between them throughout the course of those matches, with 6 for Rovers and 7 for The Black Cats. That’s an average goals per game of 2.17.
The last league fixture between the two was Championship match day 24 on 26/12/2022 which finished with the scoreline of Sunderland 2-1 Blackburn Rovers.
On that occasion, Sunderland had 50% possession and 11 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. The goalscorers were Ross Stewart (18' Own goal, 22') and Ellis Simms (91').
At the other end, Blackburn Rovers had 5 shots on goal with 2 on target.
The match was refereed by Darren Bond.
Team News: Blackburn Rovers
The Blackburn Rovers manager Jon Dahl Tomasson has zero fitness worries whatsoever before this match with a fully injury-free squad to pick from.
Team News: Sunderland
Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray has multiple availability issues to deal with. Jay Matete (Knee Surgery), Jewison Bennette (Back Injury) and Corry Evans (Cruciate Ligament Injury) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
For this match, we think that Sunderland are likely to breach the defence of this Blackburn Rovers outfit, however that might not be enough to avoid defeat.
Our tip is for a narrow 2-1 advantage for Blackburn Rovers at the end of this one. Looking forward to this.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Ewood Park (31,367)
Captain: Lewis Travis
Chairman: Steve Waggott
Manager: Jon Dahl Tomasson
Competitions: Championship position 14, EFL Cup (Third Round)
🔑 Key Man: Sammie Szmodics
Generally playing in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Sammie Szmodics was born in Colchester, England. Having played his first senior match for Colchester United in the 2013 - 2014 season, the accomplished Midfielder has bagged 2 league goals in the Championship 2023 - 2024 campaign so far in a total of 5 appearances.