Our prediction for this Championship match:
All eyes will be on Bet365 Stadium when Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers lock horns in the Championship round 17. The Potters are eyeing their fifth consecutive clean sheet and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s encounter. The likes of Ben Wilmot, Tyrese Campbell, Lewis Baker, and Emre Tezgel remain on the sidelines with injuries, but there are no fresh selection worries in the home team.
The Seasiders, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Preston before the international break, which is yet another reason why we are going to bet on the hosts. As for the away team, the likes of Harry Pickering, Hayden Carter, Joe Rankin-Costello, Dominic Hyam, Aynsley Pears, Ryan Hedges, and Sam Gallagher remain in the recovery room. In their last meeting at the venue Stoke City defeated Blackburn Rovers 3-2.
Highlighted Player (Jack Bonham):
Jack Bonham is a professional footballer who was born in Stevenage on the 14th of September, 1993. The 26-year-old, although having born in England, is an Irish International and has featured for the Republic of Ireland's Under-17 team five times.
At the club level, he began his youth career with Watford and signed his first professional contract in September 2010 at the age of 17. Bonham's first-ever professional appearance came on the 4th of May, 2013 as a substitute against Leeds United in the final game of the 12/13 Championship season.
This appearance marked the 1.92 m standing goalkeeper's only appearance in a Watford shirt. Bonham then went on to play for clubs like Brentford, Carlisle United and Bristol Rovers before eventually joining Gillingham at the start of the 2019 season on a two-year contract. He's since featured nine times for the club and kept two clean sheets.
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.