This Saturday, Blackburn will be hoping to kick start their season. First, Rovers are against League 1 hopefuls Bradford City and then against the mortal enemy (THEM that shall not be named in the Carabao Cup). But first, @braith23 looks ahead to our trip to Valley Parade.
Bradford have a 100% record start to the League One, with wins over Bradford and Gillingham respectively. Although they lost their midweek Carabao Cup game at home to Doncaster, they have not lost a home league game in 23, in run that extends back to March 2016.
The Bantams finished the 2016/2017 season in 5th, qualifying for the playoffs and reaching the final, eventually losing 1-0 to Millwall. Due to their position last year and their quality, they are one of the favourites for promotion to the Championship along with Rovers.
Bradford haven’t beaten Rovers since 19 September 1987 when they won 2-1 at Valley Parade. The last meeting between the two sides came in 1990 when Rovers ran out 0-1 winners. Bradford’s 2 years in the Premiership coincided with Blackburn;s 2 years outside in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s.
Paul Taylor was a notable summer signing for Bradford having had a brief stint on loan at Rovers at the end of 2014/2015 season. They have also added extra quality to their side, including Shay McCartan from Rovers’ local affiliates Accrington Stanley and Jake Reeves from AFC Wimbledon. Other notable players to represent both clubs are Ashley Ward – who suffered relegation from the Premiership with both clubs – and Jon Stead, who became a cult hero at Ewood and Valley Parade following a short loan spell there.
Rovers really need to kick start their season following a disappointing start to their league campaign. Lenihan and Wharton both remain sidelined, but the good news is Conway and Gladwin come into contention. It remains to be seen what formation Tony Mowbray goes with. With the way Mowbray came across after our defeat to Doncaster, it looks like he will stay with the wing-backs and attempt to utilise them in defence and attack.
Whichever way he goes, fingers crossed it’s a winning one ahead of the most fierce derby in England.
Bradford 1-1 Rovers