Our prediction for this Championship match:
Aston Villa failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, as a result, they compete in the Championship this term. The Villans aim to return to the English top flight and their recent form is giving fans a reason for optimism. Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Reading and Fulham, Steve Bruce’s men played out a 1-1 draw with local rivals Birmingham City in Sunday’s football match, but they need to keep on improving their game if they are to book their place in the Championship play-offs. Blackburn Rovers, on the other hand, struggle on the travels and they suffered three defeats in previous four away fixtures in the league. The Riversiders sit in the relegation zone ahead of the trip to Birmingham and they are unlikely to spoil Aston Villa’s party at Villa Park. Jordan Ayew provided an assist for Gary Gardner in the 1-1 draw with Birmingham City and we predict that the Ghana international will to make life difficult for the opposition back line.
Highlighted Player (Micah Richards):
Micah Richards is an English player who began his senior career at Manchester City. The pacey full back, who is capable of playing at centre back as well, made 179 league appearances for the Citizens between 2005 and 2015 and he scored 6 goals for the club. On 17 June, 2015 he signed a four-year deal with Aston Villa, but he did not help the Villans avoid relegation to the Championship. The England defender scored one goal in 24 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa in the 2015/2016 campaign. Micah won the Premier League trophy with Man City in the 2011/2012 season and he lifted the FA Cup trophy in 2011 with the Citizens as well. Richards has 14 caps for England U21 and he received his first ever England call-up for a friendly against Netherlands in November, 2006. Micah Richards was born in Birmngham on 24 June, 1988 and he started his youth career at Leeds United, playing as a striker.
Highlighted Team (Blackburn Rovers):
Blackburn Rovers have been trying to return to the Premier League ever since they dropped to the Championship in 2012. The Riversiders compete in the English second tier and they play their home games at Ewood Park. Blackburn were founded back in 1875 and they are one of the founding members of the Football League (1888).
Burnley are considered Blackburn’s main rivals and the two teams square off against each other in the East Lancashire derby. It has to be noted that Blackburn Burnley 7-1 in their first ever meeting in the East Lancashire Derby on 3 November, 1888. The Riversiders have won three First Division (Premier League) trophies (1911/1912, 1913/1914, 1994/1995).
Blackburn Rovers have clinched six FA Cup titles as well. Speaking of the club’s European success, the Riversiders won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2007. The colour of Blackburn’s home kit is blue and white.