Our prediction for this Championship match:
Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers go head to head at Stadium of Light in what is expected to be a close Championship encounter. The Black Cats have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating Millwall 3-0, losing to WBA, while sharing the spoils with Hull City. Danny Batth suffered a serious injury at the weekend, with fellow defender Daniel Ballard likely to step up. Midfielder Elliot Embleton misses out through suspension.
Meanwhile, the Riversiders aim to build on a thrilling 2-0 win over Norwich City, with the team extending their draw-less run to 23 games in the 2022/2023 season. Blackburn, though, are not regarded as good travellers, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered. All Callum Brittain, Jack Vale, and Sam Barnes are out of contention through injuries for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Danny Batth):
At the age of 10 Danny Batth joined Wolverhampton football academy. He was soon named the captain of the Wolves youth team and nobody was surprised when he made his debut for the senior team. The defender, who was born on 21 September, 1990 scored nine goals in 140 league appearances for Wolverhampton, but it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Colchester United, Sheffield United and their bitter rivals Sheffield Wednesday on loan as well.
Danny Batth won the Football League One with Wolverhampton in the 2013/2014 season and, speaking of his individual awards, he was named Wolves Young Professional of the Year in the 2009/2010 campaign. Batth book his place in the 2013/2014 PFA League One Team of the Year as well. The 191-cm-tall centre back scored his first professional goal on 20 February in Colchester United’s 1-0 victory over Oldham Athletic.
Daniel Batth was born in Brierley Hill, West Midlands and he is the only footballer to play in all 46 matches for Wolves in the 2013/2014 season.
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.