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Match Preview: Blackburn Rovers

All the info ahead of tomorrow's season finale at Griffin Park

6 May 2017

Brentford vs Blackburn Rovers Sunday 7 May Griffin Park Sky Bet Championship Kick-off: 12pm

The Opponents

It all comes down to a high noon showdown at Griffin Park as Blackburn Rovers seek to avoid dropping into the third tier for the first time since 1980. New manager Tony Mowbray was appointed in late February with Rovers in 23rd position, three points from safety. Despite losing just three of his 14 matches in charge, he hasn't yet been able to drag Blackburn's heads above water. Rovers do head to Griffin Park on a four game unbeaten run which included a crucial 1-0 victory over relegation rivals Nottingham Forest and victory at home to Aston Villa last time out. The equation is simple for Rovers, they must better Nottingham Forest' result at home to Ipswich Town to avoid dropping into the third tier 22 years after being crowned Champions of England.

If Rovers are to escape then much will depend on the front pairing of Danny Graham and Sam Gallagher. The pair have scored nearly half of Rovers league goals this season between them, 12 for Graham, including a brace against The Bees back in November, and 11 for Gallagher. Tony Mowbray has been cryptic with his team news this week confirming that a number of players are struggling but giving no indication about who they are. Midfielder Corry Evans, however, is sidelined with a groin problem as Rovers' season boils down to 90 minutes in West London.

The Manager

Tony Mowbray became Rovers ninth manager in four-and-a-half seasons when he took over at Ewood Park in February. As a player Mowbray is best remembered for his decade-long stay at his local town club Middlesbrough. As captain he led The Teesiders from the brink of liquidation to the top tier of English football in the late 1980's. Mowbray moved to Celtic in 1991 and spent four seasons at Parkhead before finishing his career at Ipswich Town, where he won promotion to the Premier League in 2000 shortly before his retirement.

Mowbray began his managerial career with a brief stint at Portman Road before spells with Hibs, West Bromwich Albion, Celtic, Middlesbrough, and Coventry City. His only managerial honour was guiding West Brom back to the Premier League in 2008.

The Match Officials

Referee: Tony Harrington 
Assistant Referees: Timothy Wood and Daniel Leach 
Fourth Official: Lee Swabey

Pre-match Views

Dean Smith: “I will pick a side on Sunday that I believe will win”

Nico Yennaris: No chance of Bees ‘taking it easy’ on Sunday

Ticket news

Dean Smith's first-team conclude their Sky Bet Championship campaign at home to Blackburn Rovers. Victory for The Bees would ensure a top ten finish in the second tier and make it five wins on the bounce at home. Tickets for Sunday's match are on sale to Previous Purchasers now from just £23 adults, £17 seniors, £15 young persons, and £6 juniors. Click here for more information and to buy your tickets.

Match Betting

Principal partners 888sport offer the latest odds on tomorrow's meeting.

Bees 7/5 
Blackburn 17/10 
Draw 13/5

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Match Coverage

You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 11.30am tomorrow, with Mark Burridge, Marcus Gayle and Mick Cabble.

There will be live match updates on Twitter from 10am and the game will be shown live on Sky Sports from 11.55am.


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