Blackburn Rovers vs. Hartlepool United Match Analysis and Prediction

Blackburn Rovers and Hartlepool United will lock horns in the first round of the EFL Cup this week at Ewood Park. Kickoffs schedules for August 10 at 21:45 EAT.

Blackburn begun life under Jon Dahl Tomasson in the best fashion possible – winning both Championship games with clean sheets and topping the table. It’s clear that Tomasson’s tactics are turning Rovers into a highly effective unit and, even if he promotes players from the bench on Wednesday, they should be trusted to win this contest.

Blackburn Rovers gets into this meeting confident following 0-3 Championship victory over Swansea City in their last outing. In that game, Blackburn Rovers had 29% possession, five shots with four of them on target and goals scored by Sammie Szmodics (39′), Ben Brereton Díaz (57′) and Lewis Travis (84′). Swansea City got eight shots with five of them on target.

Hartlepool on the other end is playing in two levels lower league, League Two, where they started with one point from two matches. Hartley is learning all about his new players while trying to install a new three-man defensive system.

Hartlepool United held each other to 0-0 League Two stalemate with AFC Wimbledon in their previous fixture. In that game, Hartlepool had 55% possession and 12 shots with two of them on target while AFC Wimbledon got seven shots with four of them on targets.

Blackburn Rovers vs. Hartlepool United head to head

Thursday’s meeting will be second head to head encounter between Blackburn Rovers and Hartlepool United.

  • Hartlepool United 0-1 Blackburn Rovers 20/07/2022


  • Swansea City 0-3 Blackburn Rovers
  • Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
  • Lincoln City 0-1 Blackburn Rovers
  • Hartlepool United 0-1 Blackburn Rovers
  • Celtic 2-2 Blackburn Rovers


  • Hartlepool United 0-0 Wimbledon
  • Walsall 4-0 Hartlepool United
  • Hartlepool United 1-1 Sunderland
  • Hartlepool United 0-1 Blackburn Rovers
  • Hartlepool United 1-1 Lincoln City

Blackburn Rovers team news

Boss Jon Dahl Tomasson will take to the pitch with a fully fit squad.

Hartlepool United team news

Paul Hartley as well does not have any fitness concerns ahead of this match.

Prediction and odds

Blackburn started the season with two wins and they didn’t allow any goals in the previous four games, including friendlies while Hartlepool started the season with one point from two matches.

  • Blackburn Rovers Win
  • Goals over 2.5
  • Both teams to score

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