Stoke City vs Blackburn Rovers Preview
With the EFL Championship set to return from the international break, one match that will excite the fans this weekend is the clash between Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers. The game at Bet365 Stadium will kick off at 3 pm local time on Saturday, November 25.
The Potters had a rough start to the 2023/24 campaign but have been improving gradually in recent weeks. The visitors, meanwhile, barely missed out on a play-off spot last season but their performances this term have been inconsistent.
In our Stoke City vs Blackburn Rovers prediction, we will explore further their recent form. For now, it should be said that just one point separates the two teams in the league table, making it an important match for both sides.
Stoke City Preview
We have mentioned that Stoke City had a slow start to the 2023/24 season but we didn’t specify that the Potters were sitting just two spots above the relegation zone not so long ago. However, a run of three wins and two draws sees Alex Neil’s men in 14th place.
A win at home would signify another step forward for Stoke. While it is unlikely that we will see them push for play-off spots, they should try to finish in the upper half for now. Additionally, the hosts will want to work on their goal difference, having so far scored 16 and conceded 18 – we will take this into consideration in our Stoke City vs Blackburn Rovers tips.
Blackburn Rovers Preview
The Riversiders are approaching the match on Saturday in worse form as they have lost two of their last three matches. But if we take into account the last five encounters – the same way we did with Stoke – then Blackburn Rovers have three wins and two losses.
Before going ahead with the Stoke City vs Blackburn Rovers odds, it also needs to be said that the visitors sit two spots above the Potters. The difference between them is just one point, though.
Compared to Stoke, Blackburn have scored more goals (24) but also conceded more (26). This leaves the Riversiders with the same goal difference as their next rivals.
Betting Tips Stoke City vs Blackburn Rovers
Both teams to score? Yes
To start off our Stoke City vs Blackburn Rovers prediction, we will make the most obvious observation – neither team has been too good in defence in 2023/24. Although this is more true for the visitors than for the hosts.
The Potters are coming after four consecutive clean sheets, and their record of 18 conceded goals is quite decent for the EFL Championship. However, we should also take into account that Blackburn boast a good attack with 24 scored goals. In fact, the Riversiders have failed to score in just three of their 16 league matches to date.
Putting two and two together, it is reasonable to expect that both teams will score on Saturday. Stoke should take advantage of Blackburn’s poor defence, while the visitors have enough talent upfront to break down the locals’ low block. Bet365 offers 1.57 odds on both teams scoring.
Over 2.5 goals
Despite the improved results, the recent run of form isn’t necessarily ideal for Stoke City. Neil’s team is solid defensively but they do not produce enough in attack, thus failing to score in the last two matches before the international break.
At the same time, there are few better teams to improve your scoring output than Blackburn. A win at home would push the Potters higher in the league table but you need to score to get those three points. As for the visitors, we have mentioned their good performance up top, and if Stoke will open up more than the usual, they can definitely take advantage of that.
So, we can definitely see three goals in our Stoke City vs Blackburn Rovers tips. Bet365 offers 1.75 odds on it happening. And to back it up with stats, there were three or more goals in three of Blackburn’s recent five matches.
Sammie Szmodics to score anytime
And we cannot talk about goals without mentioning Sammie Szmodics. The Blackburn Rovers attacking midfielder is currently the leading goalscorer in the EFL Championship with 10 goals in 16 appearances.
Szmodics was a reliable scorer during his time at Colchester United and Peterborough United as well, but the 2023/24 campaign has seen the 28-year-old level up in terms of output. Szmodics is in hot form at the moment, having scored three goals in the two matches before the international break. He can do it all – make timely runs into the box or score from the distance, you name it!
We expect that his good run will continue with another goal against Stoke, and Bet365 offer 3.50 odds on him scoring anytime during the game.
Please remember to always gamble responsibly. Our Stoke City vs Blackburn Rovers odds are only suggestions, not a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement in the end.