Blackburn Rovers host Middlesbrough in round 28 of the English Championship. The match will be played on Monday, January 24th at Ewood Park (Blackburn)
Blackburn Rovers used to be tough average performers in the Premier League. And some of you can remember their sensational champion’s title in the days of Alan Shearer! In the early 2000s, the club won the League Cup and often played in European competitions. But after the change of owners, Blackburn was relegated to the Championship and then to League One. However, the Rovers managed to get out from there relatively quickly. Yes, Tony Mowbray's men didn’t set the Thames on fire in the 2nd English division. And after the 15th place in the last draw, now they are fighting for the Premier League! Of course, Brereton became the trump card of Blackburn. The ripped striker, who found Chilean roots, scored two dozen goals in the current season. But neither he nor anyone else scored in the match against Hull City, and it ended in a 2-0 defeat for the Rovers.
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In many ways, Middlesbrough resembles its future opponent. This is another fairly well-known club, which used to be an average but an ambitious participant in the Premier League (under McLaren, for example, the team won the League Cup and played in the UEFA Cup final), but then the Reds turned into regulars of the Championship. However, they didn’t fall lower, and Karanka even managed to return them to the Premier League, but they failed to gain a foothold there. Then there were rather modest performances in the 2nd division of the country. In the spring of this year, Middlesbrough took only 10th place. The bosses waited for progress from experienced Warnock until the end of autumn, but eventually he was replaced by Chris Wilder. This manager recently brought Sheffield United to the Premier League and kept it there. And after several average results, his new charges managed to show an excellent unbeaten streak (six wins in the last seven rounds), which brought them into the top six.
You may pay attention to the abundance of draws in head-to-head matches. Eight of the last 12 games between these clubs ended with such an outcome, including 1-1 in August. In the remaining games, Blackburn won three times, and Middlesbrough was stronger back in 2019. The Reds are in good shape now, and they can earn points again. We bet on Middlesbrough to win with a zero handicap.
Prediction for the match: Middlesbrough to win with 0.0 handicap