Blackburn Preview vs Stoke City

This Saturday will see Rovers go to the bet365 Stadium to take on Stoke City.

After a decent start to the season, Rovers were lucky last time out playing away at Derby, after a dreadful performance saw us scrape through and hold on to a 0-0 draw.

For the game, Rovers will be hopeful for a return of skipper Charlie Mulgrew, who was absent due to illness for the midweek trip to Derby.

Other players that fans will be eager for the return of are Elliott Bennett and Danny Graham, after neither started last time out.

Stoke City can be a dangerous side when they want to be and many tipped them for the top before the start of the season, but 8 games in and Stoke are struggling to settle in their new league, sitting in 17th place on 9 points.

After the recent performance against Derby, it is clear we have to be much better when in possession of the ball, meaning a start for man in form Joe Rothwell may be needed.

Predicted starting eleven

Raya

Nyambe Lenihan Mulgrew Bell

Reed Evans

Rothwell Dack Bennett

Graham

Surely, after the way that Rovers played against Derby, Mowbray must be able to see the need for Joe Rothwell and Harrison Reed both to take a starting place this Saturday. Richie Smallwood has been nowhere near the form that is expected and is struggling to cope with the intensity of the Championship, so he needs to be dropped.

Whilst they may not have been at their best yet, Stoke are a very dangerous side at this level and we must surely have to be at our best to get away with the points. With a good performance, I see a 2-1 win for Blackburn.

For all Rovers fans making the trip, Stoke City would like to make you aware that on the 34th minute of the game, there will be a round of applause for a Stoke fan who recently lost his life.

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