Blackburn v Fleetwood – Match Preview

Rovers host Fleetwood on Tuesday night in the first of two games in hand for Mowbray’s men, as Rovers look to extend their run to 4 unbeaten.

After Saturday afternoon’s clash with Wigan, Rovers will look to build on the point at the DW with three at Ewood Park.

Fleetwood find themselves in ninth, level on points with Rovers having played a game more with an inferior goal difference. They will be hoping that a win will catapult them into fifth.

Team news 

Rovers have a near full fit squad, as Darragh Lenihan continues to recover from the injury that’s ruled him out for the season so far. The star man Harry Chapman is likely to miss out after feeling his hamstring in Saturday’s draw.

Rovers will also be without the suspended Elliot Bennett and Dominic Samuel. Bennett received a one game ban after his red card against Wigan, whilst Dominic Samuel will miss the second match of his 3 game ban following his sending off at home to Portsmouth.

Fleetwood find themselves with a fully fit squad, coming off the back of an impressive 2-0 victory against Oxford United. Rovers will have to make sure they marshal Devante Cole, who’s scored 8 goals so far this season.

Form Guide

Rovers last 5: WLDWD

Rovers have picked up 8 points from a possible 15 in their previous 5 matches. A disappointing loss to Oldham and a home draw against bottom side Plymouth, are sandwiched in between wins against Gillingham and Portsmouth respectively.

Rovers can take positives from their 0-0 draw against 2nd place Wigan, after a resilient 10 men were able to battle to gain a point.

Fleetwood last 5: WDDLW

Similar to Rovers, Fleetwood have picked up 8 points from a possible 15. Losing to league leaders Shrewsbury, whilst picking up points against Scunthorpe and Rochdale. Their 2 wins came courtesy of Plymouth, who Rovers struggled to pick up 3 points against, and an impressive display against Oxford.

Previous Meetings

Last time out: Fleetwood 1-0 Rovers u23’s

Rovers first team have never met in the league against Fleetwood, with the only other competitive match between the two sides came in last season’s Checkatrade trophy, which Rovers U23’s competed in. A goal from Devante Cole was enough to see Rovers’ youngsters off that night.

Summary

In the first of Rovers’ 2 games in hand, Rovers will be hoping to close the gap on the top 2. Fleetwood are no pushovers however, and Devante Cole will be a threat throughout, and Rovers will have to be at their best if they’re to stop him

Prediction: Rovers 2-0 Fleetwood Town

Rovers scorers: Graham and Dack

Come on you Blues!


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