Blackburn Preview vs Bolton Wanderers (A)

Rovers will be hoping to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat against Sheffield United, when they make the short trip to Bolton.

The Blues will be hoping to get their fourth win of the season, though this won’t come easy as Rovers last win away to Bolton was back in 2009.

History of The Tie

With both teams being based in Lancashire, there is a mild rivalry between the sides. The last meeting was In December 2015, where the whites cane out on top.

The game will be the 171st meeting between the two sides, with Rovers having won 62 and drawn 38 of these.

With the recent performance at home to Sheffield United, fans will be hoping for a much better display against Bolton, in order to avoid back to back defeats for the first time this season.

The Team

Charlie Mulgrew is expected to be back in the starting eleven, after being named in the Scotland squad and making an appearance from the bench for the first time after a brief injury against Sheffield United.

As was blatantly clear against United, there is a problem in middle of the park, in the fact we have to many defensive midfielders. Richie Smallwood, Corry Evans and Harrison Reed are all superb alone, but put together it just doesn’t work with the style of play Rovers have adapted. In my eyes, Smallwood has made a few mistakes this season and should be dropped, at least for a game or two.

At the back, we were poor last time out, especially with the marking just before Sheffield netted their second, though it’s hard to see better players on the bench for the position, could that be somewhere we look to bolster in January?

Predicted Starting XI:

Raya

Williams Mulgrew Lenihan Bell

Reed Evans

Armstrong Dack Bennett

Graham

Whilst recent performances haven’t been as good as what we have become accustomed to, I believe Rovers are still more than capable of taking the game to Bolton, in what should be a good, attacking game.

Prediction:

Bolton 0-2 Rovers

Picture Credit: Blackburn Rovers

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