Blackburn Rovers vs Preston North End Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview
Kick Off: 13:00 Hrs
Venue: Ewood Park
Sat 18th Mar 2017
Blackburn Rovers vs Preston North End Match Prediction
This Lancashire Derby on Saturday afternoon kicks off at the slightly earlier time of 13:00 and will have implications at both ends of the table. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.
It is two wins each from their last four meetings with Preston coming out on top when they met in December in the reverse fixture. North End twice took the lead through Daniel Johnson, but Blackburn twice replied through Danny Graham. The game seem set for a draw, but ten minutes from time the Lilywhites took all three points thanks to a Callum Robinson goal.
Rovers continued their good run of form under Tony Mowbray with a useful looking point at Fulham on Tuesday evening. The London side twice took the lead only to be twice pegged back once through a Craig Conway and then in injury time Lucas Joao got his third in two games to rescue a valuable point.
Betting Predictions and Tips
Both of these sides will not want to give anything away early against their local rivals so take advantage of this by having an interest in the goal markets by saying there will be NO goal before 32:00 minute. This bet would have paid in the last five league matches at Ewood Park and in three of the last four Preston away matches.
One point would keep local pride for both but both sides need three points for their respective battles, and I think that this game could open in the second-half so take the last 45 minutes to be the highest scoring.
They have taken ten points from their last four games at Ewood Park though have won just one of their eight previous at home to teams in the top nine. Three of their last four home games have ended 1-0.
Both teams have found the net in the last three Rovers games with each of these ending in a score draw. Eight of their 11 home fixtures against teams in the top 14 have seen both teams find the back of the net. The last seven goals they have scored have come in the second 45 minutes.
Just two defeats in their last 14 league games means that Preston have climbed the Championship table and have dreams of the play-offs. They are in eighth place six behind Sheffield Wednesday having played the same number of games.
North End have drawn five of their last nine meaning that the stats could be interrupted either way. On the positive side, they can claim to have lost just one of their last nine matches away from home. On the negative side, they have taken all three points in just two of their last ten on the road.
Five of their last seven fixtures have gone over 2.5 goals and for the season 19 of their 37. Scoring away from home has been a problem for the Lilywhites in recent outings, and they have netted just twice in their last five. Just one of the last four away games they have played has seen a goal in the first 45 minutes.
Blackburn Rovers Team News
Charlie Mulgrew (hamstring), Corry Evans (groin) and Sam Gallagher (hamstring) are all close to returning. Lucas Joao is pushing for a place in the starting 11 following three substitute goals from the last two games.
Preston North End Team News
Tyias Browning and Calum Woods (both knee) are rated doubtful while John Welsh (calf), Alex Baptiste (knee) and Marnick Vermijl (hernia) are ruled out.