Our football match prediction:
Burton Albion did well to hold Derby County to a goalless draw at the weekend. The Brewers, though, were more than unfortunate not to suffer a loss at iPro Stadium as Steve McClaren’s troops failed to turn their dominance into goals. Burton Albion, though, still sit in the relegation zone in the Championship and Friday’s relegation six-pointer against Blackburn Rovers is of big importance for the newcomers. The Riversiders were beaten by Manchester United in the 5th round of the FA Cup at the weekend, but the team’s main goal is to secure the Championship survival. The Ewood Park outfit are eager to escape the relegation zone and, taking everything into account, we predict that there will be fireworks when the two teams face each other at Pirelli Stadium. Burton Albion and Blackburn Rovers played out a high-scoring 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture and we believe that they will share the spoils in Friday’s football match as well.
Highligted Player (Lucas Akins):
After making his first football steps in Huddersfield Town youth academy, Lucas Akins made his first-team debut against Northampton Town as he came as a substitute to replace Luke Beckett. However, he made no more than five appearances for Huddersfield Town as he was sent on loan to Nortwich Victoria. After spending two seasons at Hamilton Academical, the winger, who was born on 25 February 1989, joined Tranmere Rovers in July, 2010. Lucas Atkins scored 7 goals in 77 appearances for the club and in 2012 he signed a contract with Stevenage. The English footballer played 77 league games for the Boro and he scored 13 goals for the club. During the 2013/2014 campaign he was on Burton Albion’s radar and at the end of the season he joined the Pirelli Stadium outfit. Lucas Atkins enjoys playing football, but dancing is considered his passion as well. His main position is right wing, but he plays as both centre forward and left winger as well.
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.