Both Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City will be looking to return to winning ways when they face off in the ninth round of the Championship at the Ewood Park on Saturday with kickoff at 17:00.
Both sides head into the match looking for a win with Blackburn aiming to keep hold of their playoffs spot while a win on Saturday for Cardiff will propel them into the top six as they also are aiming for a promotion come May next year.
Blackburn Rovers finished last season strongly and have carried on with the momentum in the new campaign as they have now just lost one of their last 11 league matches stretching back to last term. They stated the season well winning 2-1 over Swansea on their opening day and have won other two games ever since with four draws and have only tested defeat once so far, and currently occupy the sixth place with 13 points in the league standings.
Rovers head into the match off the back of a 0-0 draw against Barnsley last weekend in a quiet clash that saw both sides fail to take their limited chances in front of goal. However, despite the Saturday’s clash being a close one, Rovers will fancy their chances of bouncing back as there are currently in good home form having won five of their last seven home league matches and Cardiff have failed to record a win at Ewood road in their last five visits.
Meanwhile Cardiff City also ended their last season strongly and appeared to have started this campaign strongly recording two wins and two draws in their opening four matches but City have since slipped as they have just recorded one win in their last four league matches with back to back defeats. City now are in the 10th spot with 11 points in the Championship standings but a win in this match will leave them on top of their Saturday’s hosts.
The bluebirds have failed to score in their last two games and have failed to score a first half goal this season so far but interestingly eight of their goals have been scored after the 52nd minute and all came via headers which is double that of any other side in the division.
However, Mick McCarthy will not mind how his side scores as long as they manage to find the back of the net this weekend as they are aiming to bounce back and are looking for those promotion spots as they are among the promotion-contenders this term.
Blackburn Rovers vs Cardiff City head to head
Both sides have met 15 times since 2005 with Cardiff having an upper hand with five victories whereas Rovers have claimed two victories and there have been eight draws.
- Cardiff 2-2 Blackburn 10/04/21
- Blackburn 0-0 Cardiff 03/10/20
- Cardiff 2-3 Blackburn 07/07/20
- Blackburn 0-0 Cardiff 24/08/19
- Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff 07/03/17
- Barnsley 0-0 Blackburn
- Blackburn 2-0 Hull
- Blackburn 2-2 Luton
- Middlesbrough 1-1 Blackburn
- Blackburn 1-3 West Brom
- Cardiff 0-1 Bournemouth
- Coventry 1-0 Cardiff
- Nottingham 1-2 Cardiff
- Cardiff 1-2 Bristol City
- Cardiff 0-2 Brighton
Blackburn team news
Both Joe Rankin-Costello and Bradley Johnson have yet to feature for Rovers his season and boss Mowbray is not willing to rush either of them while Sam Gallagher might make a return after missing out in two matches.
Cardiff team news
McCarthy has a full squad to select from with Ryan Giles expect to return after recently being struck down by Covid-19.
Prediction and odds
- Blackburn win
- Goals under 2.5