Blackburn Preview vs Middlesbrough (A)

Saturday afternoon will see Rovers travel to the Riverside Stadium to take on Middlesbrough.

With the game being away from home and Boro also currently sat in fourth place, it is likely to be one of the toughest games of the season so far.

Last time out, the Blues renewed theirs recent poor form with an impressive 4-2 win on Sheffield Wednesday.

However, it is understood that Elliott Bennett will once again be unavailable for the game due to injury, and with his work rates that is likely to be a massive blow.

Other than that, there isn’t any fresh injury concerns, and with it being a full week since our last outing I see no reason for why a strong squad wouldn’t be fielded.

Predicted XI:

Raya

Nyambe Mulgrew Lenihan Bell

Smallwood Evans

Reed Dack Armstrong

Graham

In the last game against Sheffield Wednesday, Bradley Dack and Danny Graham formed a lethal partnership with the latter of the pair bagging himself a hat-trick, his first ever in Rovers colours.

Harrison Reed also impressed yet again, meaning another start should be on the table for the Southampton loanee.

The only area of the pitch where Rovers lack in at the minute would be with having to many defensive minded midfielders. Richie Smallwood looks out of his depth in the championship and with him usually being placed next to Northern Ireland international Corry Evans, we can sometimes lack creativity, something which is an absolute must against a side like Middlesbrough.

Prediction:

Boro 1-1 Rovers

As mentioned earlier, this is going to be one of the toughest games of the season, with Middlesbrough I’m good form and out away form being rather unpredictable recently.

However, at our best we can give most teams a good game and with a large away following expected, it may spur the lads on over the line.

Picture Credit: Blackburn Rovers

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