Our prediction for this Championship match:
Aesseal New York Stadium will host Saturday’s football game between Rotherham United and Blackburn Rovers, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the remainder of the season. Rotherham United are fighting hard to secure the Championship survival, while Blackburn are eyeing promotion to the Premier League. All Tom Eaves, Ben Wiles, Georgie Kelly, and Grant Hall are out of contention with injuries for the hosts, who suffered yet another dip in form.
Meanwhile, the Ewood Park outfit aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 FA Cup win over Norwich City. Even though Blackburn produce much better showings at home than on the travels, we are tempted to put our money on Jon Dahl Tomasson’s troops. In the first half of the season the Riversiders outplayed the Millers 3-0. As for the away team, Ireland international Kelly remains on the sidelines with injury.
Highlighted Player (Josh Vickers):
A product of Arsenal's youth academy, Josh Vickers, is an English footballer who plays for League One Club Lincoln City. The 6ft 2-inch goalkeeper's first appearance came for Isthmian League outfit Canvey Island having joined them on loan in August 2013. He went on to play over 30 games for the club before returning to Arsenal to sign his first professional contract.
His time at the Gunners was shortlived, however, and involved another loan to Conference South club Concord Rangers before making a permanent switch to Premier League side Swansea City in August 2015 on a two-year contract. In his time at Swansea, Vickers made zero appearances for the first team but did feature in the club's under-18 and under-23 team.
Vickers spent his 2016/2017 season on loan to Barnet, where he made his League One debut against Cambridge United on the 6th of August, 2016. Born on the 1st of December, 1995, the 23-year-old has featured 47 times for his current club Lincoln, on a contract that expires on the 30th of June, 2020.
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.