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Posted Wednesday, March 17th 2021

MansionBet Match Preview: Blackburn Rovers (A)

Nigel Pearson's men march to Lancashire with the aim of picking up where they left off, following a convincing 3-0 performance away at Birmingham.

In association with City's Principal Partner MansionBet, we take a closer look at the match...

City are now three wins from their last three away games, with three goals scored in each!

Kasey Palmer and Antoine Semenyo shone at St Andrew's, both on the scoresheet before Callum O'Dowda pounced with his second touch moments after coming off the bench.

That will be a positive not only for O'Dowda, but for his fellow returnees in Liam Walsh and Marley Watkins who also earned minutes from the bench to make their first appearances of the season.

It remains to be seen if they will feature at Ewood Park on Wednesday night, where Zak Vyner and Ádam Nagy are also vying to return to midfield after suffering head injuries against QPR.

Highlights: Birmingham City v Bristol City

From Birmingham to Blackburn, now Tony Mowbray's Rovers are the next challenge and they are bidding to close the gap on City to just one point.

Blackburn have endured a difficult run of form of late, when a win against Millwall halted a seven-game streak without victory (6L, 1D). Since then they've drawn with Swansea and suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Brentford courtesy of Ivan Toney's penalty.

The influential Bradley Dack suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in that defeat, therefore he will not be in action on Wednesday night. Former Robin Derrick Williams saw his contract terminated by mutual consent as he joins LA Galaxy, however Sam Gallagher has returned to the team in recent weeks after recovering from a bruised lung.

Questions remain as to whether Adam Armstrong (hamstring) with his 20 goals in all competitions - 19 in the league alone - will feature. He has been absent since a 1-0 defeat to Reading at the start of March.

Just four points separates the sides this week and it was a similar close affair the last time they met. Two points was the difference back in December and it was very much an attacking affair in BS3, with 37 shots between the two teams but it took an appearance off the bench from Famara Diédhiou, who struck to net the 82nd minute winner.

MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Ewood Park
When: Wednesday, March 17th, 7.45pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: Craig Hicks
Assistants: Richard Wild and Steven Meredith
Fourth official: John Brooks

DOWN MEMORY LANE

Bristol City 4-1 Blackburn Rovers
Ashton Gate

Sunday, September 2nd 2018
Sky Bet Championship

City fought from behind to secure an emphatic first home win of the season, with Famara Diédhiou netting on his return from suspension in a 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.

Despite their early dominance at Ashton Gate, City fell behind through a freak corner which sailed straight into the net, courtesy of Charlie Mulgrew, but Josh Brownhill struck a perfect set piece of his own, crashing home a curling free kick to equalise.

Marley Watkins struck in the second-half to finish off a fantastic City move, before Diédhiou - making his first start of the campaign after serving a six-game ban - struck City’s third goal of the match and Pack’s guided header added further daylight late on.

The result sealed City’s third-consecutive win of the campaign and lifted them to sixth in the Sky Bet Championship table.

HEAD TO HEAD*

Blackburn Rovers v Bristol City

Played: 47
City won: 20 (42%)
Drew: 11
City lost: 16

Bristol City goals: 46
Blackburn goals: 53

Bristol City top goalscorer: Famara Diédhiou (10)
Blackburn top goalscorers: Adam Armstrong (20)

Bristol City most assists: Antoine Semenyo (7)
Blackburn most assists: Harvey Elliott (9)

Bristol City clean sheets: 10
Blackburn clean sheets: 9

League positions
Bristol City: 12th (48 points)
Blackburn: 14th (44 points)

*All competitions unless stated

Semenyo's block forced City's second goal at Birmingham
O'Dowda made it 3-0 shortly after his introduction

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