This weekend gives us the first of the two big derby days this season, with Mowbray’s men making the short trip to Deepdale to take on Preston.
The game comes after a two week international break, meaning both sides should be well rested for the big day.
Thankfully, Rovers look to be in good condition with no major injury concerns for the upcoming clash, meaning a full strength squad should be playing.
Blackburn fans will be optimistic and looking forward to the game, as a win could potentially see us sat in a play-off place at the end of the match. On top of this Preston have made a poorer start to the season than expected, though that has been somewhat resurrected in their last few games.
However, recent meetings against the lilywhites may suggest a result other than a Rovers win. Our last win against Preston came towards the end of 2015 and we have lost two of the last three matches. Saying this, the squad has vastly improved since our last meeting so there shouldn’t be too much to worry about.
Predicted starting XI (4-2-3-1):
Nyambe Lenihan Mulgrew Bell
Armstrong Dack Bennett
David Raya returned from injury last time out so there’s no reason why he can’t be starting against Preston, and Mulgrew was injured in our last game two weeks ago but he should be set for a return to the squad after renewing his contract earlier this week.
Harrison Reed has been one of our star players this season and so should be one of the first names of the starting 11 sheet, though he can play a little further forward than what I put in in the prediction, so that will be interesting to look out for.
Adam Armstrong is another player who has impressed with his quick pace going down the wing and he should be a danger yet again this weekend.
Another player who has impressed in recent matches is Ben Brereton, who was slow to adjust to Rovers style of play but recently he’s been excellent as an impact sub and I see no reason for why that would change.
Rovers are playing well at the minute and are going to be backed by over 5,500 travelling supporters, which should hopefully lift them over the line. However, Preston can be a dangerous team so full concentration will be needed during the match, with no late drama.
Preston 1-2 Rovers
Picture Credit: Blackburn Rovers