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Championship | Gameweek 45
Apr 27, 2024 at 3pm UK
Ewood Park
Coventry City

0 - 0

Eustace (0')

Palmer (50')
Kitching (62')

Preview: Blackburn Rovers vs. Coventry City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship clash between Blackburn Rovers and Coventry City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Looking for the victory that could potentially secure their second-tier status, Blackburn Rovers will welcome Coventry City to Ewood Park for a Championship clash on Saturday afternoon.

Rovers still have work to do in order to avoid relegation following defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, whilst the Sky Blues will be aiming to address their recent downturn in league form.

Match preview

Blackburn Rovers' Sammie Szmodics celebrates scoring their first goal on February 27, 2024© Reuters

Following a largely-unexpected victory at Premier League-chasing Leeds United on April 13, Blackburn Rovers were unable to make sure of their place in the Championship next season on Sunday, when Danny Rohl's plucky Sheffield Wednesday side managed to collect three points at Ewood Park.

Unsurprisingly, Rovers dominated possession in Lancashire, but a pair of uncharacteristic mistakes from goalkeeper Aynsley Pears cost the hosts in the end, with Wednesday's third goal doing the rounds on social media due to the comical nature of the 26-year-old's miskick into his own net.

As has been the case throughout the course of this season, whilst his teammates struggled last time out Sammie Szmodics provided another goalscoring moment, with the 28-year-old netting 25 Championship strikes this season, meaning that the Irishman is highly likely to be recipient of the division's Golden Boot.

Although a three point gap to 22nd-placed Birmingham City is comforting at this stage of the campaign in the midst of a relegation battle, John Eustace's men will be desperate to avoid taking their survival mission to the final day, when they make the daunting trip to Leicester City's King Power Stadium.

Despite the team's inconsistencies of late, a midfield duo of Sondre Tronstad and Joe Rankin-Costello have performed admirably for Blackburn as the term approaches its closing act, with the Norwegian picking up the Signing of the Season accolade at the club's awards evening on Tuesday.

Coventry City manager Mark Robins on February 26, 2024© Reuters

Coventry's hopes of recording back-to-back playoff finishes are essentially dead in the water following Wednesday night's 3-2 loss at home to top-six chasers Hull City, who turned up in the East Midlands and took advantage of a side who were still recovering from their Wembley adventures.

The Sky Blues managed to fight back twice in the contest courtesy of efforts from Bobby Thomas and Kasey Palmer, although the former's defensive blunder in the 78th minute allowed substitute Noah Ohio to produce the game-winning moment for Hull, scoring his second goal of the Championship term.

Following the dramatic FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, it was clear to see that Mark Robins's troops were not at their finest physically during the battle against Liam Rosenior's Tigers, with a mixture of a thin squad and fixture congestion arguably costing Coventry a chance of reaching the top six.

On a more positive note, there are considerable causes for optimism heading into next season, most notably at the top end of the pitch, where summer arrivals Haji Wright and Ellis Simms have scored 28 Championship goals between them this term, collectively filling the boots of Viktor Gyokeres.

Robins's side have been solid at the Coventry Building Society Arena during 2023-24, losing just four of their 21 league matches at their West Midlands base - only Ipswich Town (one) and Daniel Farke's Leeds (one) have been defeated fewer times at home this season.

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Team News

Blackburn Rovers' Arnor Sigurosson celebrates scoring their fourth goal on January 6, 2024© Reuters

Blackburn were dealt a major fitness blow in the latter stages of the Sheffield Wednesday defeat, with centre-back Scott Wharton suffering a season-ending knee injury.

Rovers will also be without the services of striker Harry Leonard, who has been sidelined for the rest of the campaign since February due to a back issue.

Arnor Sigurdsson has impressed during his maiden campaign in the Championship, but the 24-year-old is currently in the Blackburn medical room because of an ankle injury.

After impressing over recent weeks, Coventry's Fabio Tavares has sustained a serious ankle injury and will now see a specialist, who will determine whether surgery is required.

Callum O'Hare missed out on the matchday squad versus Hull due to fatigue but should play a part here, whilst Wright and Simms could be brought back into the XI.

Midfielder Victor Torp is a major doubt after suffering a stomach strain in the loss to Manchester United, meaning that Ben Sheaf and Liam Kelly are set to continue in the engine room.

Luis Binks and Joel Latibeaudiere both sustained fitness issues during the defeat to Hull, limiting Robins's options in defence.

Blackburn Rovers possible starting lineup:
Pears; Carter, Hyam, McFadzean; Brittain, Tronstad, Rankin-Costello, Pickering; Szmodics, Gallagher, Dolan

Coventry City possible starting lineup:
Collins; Van Ewijk, Thomas, Kitching, Bidwell; Eccles, Kelly, Sheaf; Wright, O'Hare; Simms

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We say: Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Coventry City

With a match at Leicester to come on the final day, Blackburn will be targeting Saturday's visit of Coventry as a good chance to secure Championship safety.

The Sky Blues should be boosted by a number of star attackers back into the XI at Ewood Park, but with a number of fitness concerns elsewhere, we cannot envisage Coventry earning anything more than a point.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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