Blackburn Rovers vs Blackpool Match Analysis & Prediction
21/02/2023 10:45 pm
Blackburn Rovers will be looking to extend their unbeaten run across all competitions to eight matches when they play host to Blackpool at Ewood Park on Tuesday in the Championship.
Both sides enter the contest after home wins last time out, with three points in this game being crucial for their respectiive promotion and survival bids this season.
After three straight draws against Wigan Athletic, Watford and West Bromwich Albion to begin February, Blackburn set out to earn a first maximum of the month against a Swansea City side struggling following the departure of Michael Obafemi during the January transfer window.
It looked for 89 minutes that Rovers would have to settle for a fourth successive draw, but centre-back Daniel Ayala connected with Dominic Hyam’s cross from a corner to secure three points in the Championship for the first time since New Year’s Day.
Despite only having two Championship wins to their name in 2023, Blackburn are seventh in the league standings and level on points with sixth-placed Millwall.
Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side have made Ewood Park a fortress this season, having won 10 of their 15 league matches on home soil, with only league leaders Burnley achieving more wins in front og their home faithful this campaign.
After four matches without a Championship win for new Blackpool manager Mick McCarthy, his side managed to earn three points for the first time during his short reign, beating Stoke City 1-0 at Bloomfield Road.
With relegation rivals Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town also earning wins at the weekend, the Seasiders have joined a three clubs at the foot of the second-tier standings on 31 points, and are now two points behind 21st-placed Rotherham United.
Blackpool have lost their last four away matches across all competitions and are without a win on their travels since the trip to Coventry City in late October, when second-half goals from Gary Madine and Jerry Yates completed a comeback in the West Midlands.
McCarthy will be keenly aware of how Blackpool’s fellow strugglers have gotten better since making their own switches in management over the past month, with all signs pointing towards a tough survival battle in the Seasiders’ final 14 games.
Blackburn Rovers vs. Blackpool Head to head
In the 43 previous meetings between these two teams across all competitions, they have each claimed 15 victories while drawing 13 times. Rovers have secored 72 goals and conceded 64 in the process.
27/07/2019Blackpool0Blackburn Rovers2Club Friendlies
25/08/2020Blackpool1Blackburn Rovers3Club Friendlies
Blackburn Rovers Team News
Ben Brereton Diaz and midfielder Bradley Dack were both forced off with injuries in the closing stages on Saturday, meaning that Ryan Hedges and Sammie Szmodics could be handed starts.
Scott Wharton remains sidelined for Blackburn due to a calf injury sustained at West Brom on Wednesday, while Joe Rankin-Costello is in contention to return to the side after his knock.
Blackburn Rovers's Last 5 Matches
31/01/2023Birmingham City0Blackburn Rovers1(E)FA Cup
06/02/2023Blackburn Rovers0Wigan Athletic0Championship
15/02/2023West Bromwich Albion1Blackburn Rovers1Championship
18/02/2023Blackburn Rovers1Swansea City0Championship
Blackpool Team News
Blackpool forward Gary Madine will serve the final match of his four-game suspension for a red card picked up in the 2-2 draw with Huddersfield earlier this month.
Midfielder Lewis Fiorini managed 45 minutes on Saturday during his first appearance for Blackpool since August, and he should be handed a second straight start after impressing.
Blackpool's Last 5 Matches
Blackburn Rovers vs. Blackpool: Odds and Predictions
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