Our prediction for this Championship match:
Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers go head to head at St. Andrew’s Stadium in a highly-anticipated Championship game. The Blues aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers, but Saturday’s clash will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. Birmingham City’s injury list is pretty long, including the likes of Gary Gardner, Dion Sanderson, Troy Deeney, Josh Williams, Jobe Bellingham, Tate Campbell, and Przemyslaw Placheta.
The Riversiders, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Reading. Blackburn Rovers, though, are not regarded as good travellers, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on draw. As always, a man to watch in the away team will be Ben Brereton Diaz, who scored the opener against the Royals, whereas all Jack Vale, Daniel Ayala, Bradley Dack, Thomas Kaminski, Clinton Mola, and Sam Barnes should miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (George Friend):
George Friend has played for no less than nine English clubs so far in his career. Friend made his first-team debut for non-League club Exeter City on April 17, 2006 in a goalless draw with Forest Green Rovers and he stayed at St James Park until 2008. After ending his loan spells with Tiverton Town and Team Bath he joined Wolverhampton, but he made no more than seven appearances for the Wolves in the league.
The 188-cm-tall left-back, who is capable of playing as a centre-back as well, played for the likes of Millwall, Southend, Scunthorpe United and Exeter City on loan during his spell with Wolverhampton and at the end of the 2009/2010 season he signed a two-year deal with Doncaster Rovers. Friend made his Doncaster debut on August 7, 2010 in a 2-0 win over Preston and after three years at the club he was sold to Middlesbrough for a fee of £100,000.
The left-footed defender has been playing for Boro ever since and you should know that he made 24 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign.
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.