Blackburn v Preston
Friday February 12, 19:45
Blackburn fail to fireplace at QPR
Blackburn suffered their first Championship defeat in 5 on Saturday, shedding additional floor on the play-off locations, after taking place 1-0 at QPR. Rangers goalkeeper Seny Dieng thwarted Rovers’ prime scorer Adam Armstrong on a number of events as the house facet held on doggedly to loads of second-half strain from Tony Mowbray‘s guests.
Armstrong had six photographs at purpose in whole, twice denied by fingertip Dieng saves, whereas a Rob Dickie block got here to the R’s rescue when a sure equaliser seemed within the offing after the ‘keeper had saved from Lewis Holtby. And Mowbray says Rovers have to discover a constant ruthlessness to their play to make the most of the probabilities created in video games.
The Blackburn boss felt the defeat replicated related reverses at Bristol City and Stoke City during which Rovers had produced greater than sufficient of the working, however could not discover a method by means of. He stated, “I think after the first 20 minutes, we were pretty dominant for the rest of the game. But you’ve got to score goals when you’re on top and we didn’t today.”
Preston undergo one other house reverse
Preston suffered an eighth house league defeat of the marketing campaign on Saturday as North End had been turned over 2-1 at Deepdale by struggling Rotherham. Alex Neil‘s outfit began badly and had been behind courtesy of an personal purpose after simply 15 seconds when Lilywhites defender Joe Rafferty headed Freddie Ladapo’s shot past his personal goalkeeper Daniel Iversen.
PNE dominated the remainder of the half however had been unable to drive an equaliser – after which went 2-0 down after 55 minutes when Ben Wiles struck. Ched Evans pulled a purpose again for the hosts 10 minutes later, however Rotherham managed to carry on regardless of Preston firing in 14 efforts at purpose total, together with six on-target strikes, to the plain frustration of Neil post-match.
Neil stated, “I thought we should have won the game, we had enough chances to win. But we didn’t take our opportunities, which is really frustrating to watch on the side of the pitch. You need to be clinical and deadly in those areas, but I’ve never seen a start to a game like that. It was frightening. We had so many chances, but the first goal was horrific.”
Blackburn ended a seven-game run with out victory over native rivals Preston earlier this season. Rovers ran out convincing 3-0 winners at Deepdale in November, though Joe Raffety’s first-half crimson card performed a key position in PNE’s efficiency. The duo have met 9 occasions over the previous 5 campaigns with the Lilywhites posting a dominant W5-D2-L2 return.
Blackburn 2.021/1 appeared critical contenders for a top-six end as we entered Christmas however Rovers have endured an inconsistent spell since early December (W4-D3-L5) to lose floor on the play-off positions. Nevertheless, Tony Mowbray’s males have loved their Ewood Park outings, delivering W6-D4-L1 right here when welcoming sides exterior the top-six.
Preston 3.7011/4 will probably be glad to be again on the street. The Lilywhites boast the division’s fourth-best return on their travels (W7-D1-L6) and have collected 61% of their total factors tally in video games as visitors. However, PNE make the quick journey on the again of a poor run of outcomes (W1-D1-L4) that is additionally seen the guests rating simply twice in 9 hour of league soccer.
Both Blackburn and Preston are amongst the main pack for total objectives per-game output in a low-scoring Championship marketing campaign. The duo are delivering at least a 50% success-rate for Over 2.5 Goals 1.9520/21, while mixed house/away video games between the 2 groups are producing a wholesome common of two.77 objectives per-game in 2020/21.
Unlike conventional derby dust-ups, the Blackburn versus Preston renewal has paid out for Over 2.5 Goals backers in seven of their final 9 contests, with the identical determine touchdown revenue for Both Teams To Score 1.758/11 punters. With that in thoughts, I’m blissful to have an curiosity in a goal-heavy recreation on Friday evening with Overs interesting at the costs.