Saturday 9 February: 3pm KO
Both of these teams have been showing improved form in recent weeks. A run of five straight league wins have taken Bristol City to within a place of the Championship promotion play-off positions. They travel to Blackburn Rovers who have also had some good results of late before a loss at Brentford last weekend.
The Championship is set for a thrilling end to the season. It’s tight at the top and as far as the play-off positions go, even 13th placed Swansea City are only six points adrift of the final position currently held by Bristol City. Blackburn Rovers are 11th and most of their season has been spent in the bottom half of the table.
However, they are only four points behind the play-off positions. You can get odds of 50/1 (51.0) at SkyBet on them winning promotion. Those odds were a lot larger when Blackburn ended last year with a run of two points from five games. 2019 has gotten off to a much better start though and they won their first four league games of the new year, conceding just one goal. That run ended at Brentford last weekend with a 5-2 defeat after being level with 17 minutes to go.
Blackburn Rovers have proved difficult to beat at home this season. Only twice have they lost a home league game with the victors being current top-three sides Norwich City and Sheffield United. The odds on them beating Bristol City are 17/10 (2.7) at Betfair.
Bristol City were as low as 14th not too long ago but are now sixth in the table, the final play-off position. They didn’t dare dream of being in promotion contention when losing four straight league games in October/November. Since then, Bristol City have been unbeaten in 13 league and cup games and are also in the fifth round of the FA Cup. City can be backed at 8/1 (9.0) to win promotion to the Premier League this season.
Seven of their away league games have been won this season. That impressive figure includes four of the last five with the other being drawn. A City win in this game has odds of 19/10 (2.9) at Unibet.
Head to Head
Bristol City are unbeaten in their last four games against Blackburn Rovers. However, Rovers haven’t lost any of their last five home matches against City with three wins and two draws.
Blackburn Rovers have injury worries over Danny Graham, Corry Evans, Bradley Dack and Danny Graham. All had to be substituted in the second-half at Brentford last weekend.
City Clean Sheet?
Three of the last four Bristol City away league games have seen them keep clean sheets. That takes their total for the season to seven and the odds of them not conceding at Blackburn are 9/4 (3.25) at Bet365.
Bristol City may have a good defensive record at present but they will need it this weekend. Blackburn have scored at least twice in each of their last four league and cup games. Coral are giving odds of 17/10 (2.7) on Rovers scoring at least twice in this game.
Bristol City also have consistency in terms of scoring goals. They have found the back of the net in each of their last five away league games. It’s 4/11 (1.36) that City score at Ewood Park.
Blackburn Rovers need to bounce back from that 5-2 loss at Brentford last weekend. Their home form continues to be strong but they come up against in-form Bristol City. A bet on this game ending level with both teams scoring looks good at odds of 3/1 (4.0) at Betway.