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Match Preview: Blackburn Rovers

All of the info ahead of tomorrow's meeting at Griffin Park

1 February 2019

After an unbeaten January, which saw us pick up seven points from a possible nine in the Sky Bet Championship and make progress in the Emirates FA Cup, we begin February with a visit from Tony Mowbray's in-formBlackburn Rovers. Below you will find all the information ahead of tomorrow's clash at Griffin Park.


Saturday's clash pits two sides who have had plenty of reasons to celebrate in 2019 against each other.

Rovers have enjoyed a perfect start to the new year, winning four out of four in the Sky Bet Championship, scoring nine and conceding just once, to move up to eighth in the table. Those four wins came off the back of a tricky run of five defeats in eight for Tony Mowbray's side in the run-up to Christmas. 

The fact that Rovers aren't in the top six is down to their form away from Ewood Park. They have just four wins to show from their 14 away games this term, as supposed to seven wins and six draws from 15 at home. 

Bradley Dack (pictured above) has been the key man for Rovers since promotion in the summer, carrying on the form which saw him named the League One Player of the Year last season. The attacker has scored ten goals, with five assists, in 26 outings this term, one clear of Danny Graham in Blackburn's league scoring charts.


For Blackburn, Captain Charlie Mulgrew won’t return to the squad after missing the last four games with a hamstring injury. New signing Harry Chapman is also not in contention to make the squad yet. Everyone else is fit and available, other than long-term absentees; Dominic Samuel and Ben Gladwin. 

Brentford's team news is even simpler with Emiliano Marcondes and Lewis Macleod the only two set to miss out.


Tony Mowbray became Rovers' ninth manager in four-and-a-half seasons when he took over at Ewood Park in February 2017. As a player, Mowbray is best remembered for his decade-long stay at home-town club Middlesbrough, captaining 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. Before promotion with Rovers last season, his only previous managerial honour came guiding West Brom back to the Premier League in 2008.


A single second-half goal was enough to condemn us to a first defeat of the season back in August. 


Hot Off The Press: Rich Sharpe previews Rovers

Ref Watch: Andy Davies will be in charge of tomorrow's clash


Watch The Bees live at Griffin Park on Saturday. Tickets are still on general sale and start from £23 Adults and only £6 Juniors.

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Mark Burridge presents Matchday Live from Griffin Park this weekend, alongside for Brentford player Marcus Gayle. Hear live commentary and build-up to the game from 2.30pm in West London.

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