Rovers will look to pick up their first home victory of the year as an in-form Swansea City side visit Ewood Park.
Tony Mowbray’s men picked up a point at the weekend, drawing at home to play-off hopefuls Stoke City, and will be looking to follow up with all three points.
However, the visitors are in strong form, having lost just one of their last ten fixtures (in all competitions).
They arrive in Lancashire on the back of an impressive 2-0 victory away to Barnsley, and will look to continue the form that has seen them rise to second in the Championship table.
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We Meet Again…
Rovers don’t have the best of track records against their Welsh counterparts, having won just one of their last seven matches against the Swans – a 3-1 victory in the FA Cup fourth round back in January 2015.Embed from Getty Images
The last meeting came earlier this season, back in October, with the Swans running out as 2-0 victors thanks to goals from Ben Cabango and Andre Ayew.
The previous meeting at Ewood Park holds some significance of note, as it is the last time that supporters were allowed into the stadium before the pandemic caused the postponement of English football for three months – with the sides drawing 2-2 thanks to Bradley Johnson’s injury-time equaliser.
The Ones To Watch
The aforementioned Andre Ayew has ten goal contributions to his name this season (eight goals and two assists), and the Ghanian forward has scored in the last three meetings between the two sides.
Jamal Lowe, who made the switch to the Swans from Wigan this summer, is their top scorer with nine goals, and has seven goals in his last seven appearances (in all competitions).
At the other end of the pitch, defender Marc Guehi – currently on his second loan spell to Swansea from Chelsea – has impressed throughout the season, making 21 appearances for Steve Cooper’s side.
It’s a tough line-up to predict for this fixture. Bradley Dack and Lewis Travis started at the weekend, but both didn’t look up to their best, and a role from the bench may be more suited in a match like this.
Jacob Davenport has impressed when featuring this season and could be brought in for only his second start of his Rovers career.
Predicted XI: Kaminski, Nyambe, Lenihan. Branthwaite, Douglas, Downing, Davenport, Rothwell, Elliott, Armstrong, Brereton
There’s not many teams in this division that Rovers would rather face than a strong Swansea side, and with Mowbray under pressure, a positive result is needed.
Much was made of the pitch in Saturday’s draw, but it will affect a side like Swansea just as much as Rovers, so I’ll go for a (slightly optimistic) draw.
Prediction: Rovers 1-1 Swansea City
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