Blackburn Rovers v Burnley – Match Preview

Rovers will be hoping to pick up a second consecutive win this Wednesday, this time in the Carabao Cup against East Lancashire Rivals, Burnley.

Salgado Burnley

A dogged and determined 1-0 away at Valley Parade was the perfect result for what is going to be another tough test as Premier League Burnley and their 5,000 travelling fans visit.

The head to head between the clubs makes for pretty tough reading currently. 34 years of East Lancastrian dominance on our part has been shattered with three consecutive defeats, leaving the overall record at 41 wins apiece, with 19 draws.

Rovers secured their tie against their fierce rivals after picking up at 3-1 victory, away to League Two side Coventry City. Goals from Evans, Smallwood and Samuel secured the win for the Blue and Whites, and the mouthwatering draw was made after the conclusion of the Bury v Sunderland game. Burnley, due to their Premier League status, have not played a game in the Carabao Cup yet.

Burnley have had two very contrasting games so far in the Premier league. winning 3-2 away at 9 men champions Chelsea before falling 1-0 to a ten man West Brom at Turf Moor.

Until Monday afternoon, they had made a host of uninspiring signings such as Jon Walters, Phil Bardsley and Jack Cork. However, spending 15 million pounds on Chris Wood, a player who always seems to score against Blackburn, has certainly got heads turning as they smashed their current transfer record to bring the Leeds target man.

For Rovers, an excellent performance on Saturday away at Bradford finally kick-started Rovers’ season and the squad will be looking to carry that momentum into Wednesday.  I wouldn’t expect too many changes to the team but personally I’d like to see Graham or Antonsson come in and us play two up top, really try and take the game to Burnley.

However, Rovers will be without two players. Bradley Dack picked up a leg injury, like in our loss as Southend, and will therefore be out of the squad. Darragh Lenihan also continues his spell out of the lineup.

Dack was a live wire during Rovers’ win at Bradford and will be missed by Tony Mowbray, although it may open up the opportunity for Rovers to play two up top.

This fixture is more than just a second round Carabao Cup tie. The passion, the atmosphere and just the meaning of the game makes this game much more important than what a normal tie would be. Rovers will need to be strong and resilient, but I’m confident Mowbray’s men can pull through!

Every Rovers fan knows what this fixture means. Let’s hope the players know what it means!

Prediction: 2-1

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