Match Preview: Blackburn Rovers

EWOOD PARK | 8TH FEBRUARY 2020 | 15:00

Image: Blackburn Rovers

Our Focus turns to Ewood Park this weekend as Fulham travel to Lancashire to take on playoff-chasing Blackburn Rovers. Tony Mowbray’s side are unbeaten in their last 4 including a very impressive 0-5 victory over Sheffield Wednesday recently at Hillsborough.

Meanwhile, for Parker’s men, the task is simple… just keep winning! Kongolo and Ream are available again having sat out the Huddersfield victory, causing a potential selection headache for the gaffer.

Before Leeds kick-off in the 5.30 pm game away to Forest, a Fulham win puts us level with Bielsa’s side which seemed unthinkable a few weeks back.

A massive opportunity beckons. Come on you Whites!

Head To Head

  • Fulham Wins 29 | Draws 25 | B’burn Wins 38.
  • Blackburn are the side we have faced the most times in the new millennium. Playing 32 matches and competing in the same division for 18 of the 21 seasons.
  • In the last 10 meetings, both sides have won 4 with 2 draws.
  • Fulham have scored in 9 of the last 11 against Rovers.
  • All 92 games between the sides have taken place in either the top two divisions or in the FA Cup.
  • Since the famous Sean Davis winner in 2001, our record at Ewood Park reads 3 wins, 2 draws and 9 defeats.
  • We are unbeaten in our last 3 against Blackburn.
  • In our last visit to Ewood Park, Tom Cairney scored a 94th-minute winner to give us a 0-1 win.

Blackburn Rovers in 2019/20

  • League Position: 10th
  • League Form: DWWDL
  • Goals: 43
  • Conceded: 37
  • Average Possession: 50.9%
  • Top Scorers: Bradley Dack (10), Adam Armstrong (9).
  • Form Table (Last 6 Matches): 12th (8pts).
  • Discipline: 45 Yellows | 1Red.
  • Clean sheets: 9
  • Both teams have scored in 19 of their 30 league games.

Players in Common

Image: James Chance/Getty

Tom Cairney

Fulham: 190 apps, 35 goals (2015-present).

Blackburn: 85 apps, 9 goals (2013-2015).

Peter Baah, Viv Busby, Tom Cairney, Andy Cole, Chris Coleman, Damien Duff, Dickson Etuhu, Tony Finnigan, Shefki Kuqi, Billy McKinlay, Danny Murphy, Ian Pearce & Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Josh’s View – (@joshwalford99)

We travel to Ewood Park to play Blackburn Rovers in our next test in the Championship. The hosts have been in good form as of late, gaining eight points from their previous four fixtures; including an impressive 0-5 victory away at Sheffield Wednesday. As a result, they are only six points and four positions outside the all-important play-off spots. This certainly will not be easy for Fulham but if we are serious about making the automatic promotion places, these are the sort of games where we need to be picking up positive results.

Our previous outing against Huddersfield was a strange one, for the first 30 minutes we were outstanding and played some of the best football we have produced all season. This led to us scoring three goals in the opening half an hour, you will struggle to find three better-worked goals in the division. Despite this, complacency kicked in again and we allowed the Terriers back in the game. In the end, Marek Rodak had to bail us out on numerous occasions proving his worth to the club. At only 23 years old he seems to be a very talented goalkeeper, who could potentially have great longevity at the Cottage if he continues his excellent form. Furthermore, Tom Cairney looked to be somewhere near his best again, scoring the second and having great influence in the third with a wonderful ball that set Joe Bryan free. If he can continue performing like that, we are even more of a threat going forward. Our main number nine Aleksandar Mitrovic hit the ground running following his return from an ankle injury. If he can stay fit and continue his consistent goal scoring, then I think we have a great chance of automatic promotion. Although we looked shaky in the second half against Huddersfield, we got the three points and that’s the most important thing; especially because Leeds lost to struggling Wigan at Ellen Road. We are only three points behind the West Yorkshire side, and with their previous mishaps in gaining automatic promotion, I would not bet against them slipping up again. It is easy to compare ourselves to the teams around us, everybody does it, but I feel like we need to concentrate on what we are doing and getting results. I hope this is the message that Scott Parker is portraying to the players and we can keep going in the right direction.

Away to Blackburn will definitely be a difficult game, however, I feel like we are in good form and can go there and get a victory. I am going for a 1-2 win, with goals from Bobby Reid and Mitrovic.