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Preview: Bristol City v Blackburn Rovers

Bristol City v Blackburn Rovers
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
Saturday, December 12th (3pm)

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Bristol City face Blackburn Rovers at Ashton Gate this Saturday (3pm), hoping to bounce back from last week's disappointing defeat to Rotherham.

Everything you need to know about Blackburn can be found below.

BLACKBURN ROVERS
Now in their fourth season back in the Championship following relegation from the Premier League in 2011/12, Blackburn are looking to build on successive top-half finishes under Gary Bowyer, who lost his job last month. The appointment of Paul Lambert as manager has created a wave of optimism at Ewood Park, with his team picking up four points out of six since his arrival. Rovers also possess one of the most sought-after strikers outside the top flight in Jordan Rhodes.

MANAGER
Paul Lambert - A well-respected midfielder in his playing days, Lambert famously won the Champions League at Borussia Dortmund, where he was credited with quelling the threat of Zinedine Zidane in the 1997 final against Juventus. The Scotsman also spent eight years at Celtic and won 40 caps for his country. After a spell managing Livingston in his mid-30s, Lambert tried his hand in England with successful stints at Wycombe Wanderers and Colchester United. It was with Norwich City that his reputation really blossomed, overseeing back-to-back promotions to the Premier League, before three years on a limited budget at Aston Villa where he successfully maintained the club’s top-flight status.

STAR MAN
Jordan Rhodes - A proven goalscorer at this level, Rhodes is unsurprisingly among the frontrunners in the race to be the Championship’s leading scorer again this season. Still only 25, he has scored a combined 155 goals in 251 league starts for Huddersfield Town and Blackburn, who paid £8m for his services in 2012. The striker scored his first Rovers goals at Ashton Gate – two of them – in a 5-3 thriller a fortnight later. Only Andre Gray (11) and Ross McCormack (ten) have more Championship goals than Rhodes so far this season, who has scored at least 20 a season for the past six years.

OFFICIALS
Geoff Eltringham is the man in the middle. He will be assisted by Adam Hopkins and Simon Barrow. Brendan Malone is the fourth official.

TICKETS
Tickets are in limited supply. Buy online to avoid disappointment or call 0117 963 0600.

LAST TIME OUT
Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Bristol City (2013) - Rhodes was at the double again at Ewood Park to take his tally for the season against City to four. City had high hopes under new boss Sean O’Driscoll following back-to-back home wins over Ipswich Town and Watford, but never really imposed themselves on this game and Rhodes scored a goal in each half to secure the points.

LAST SEASON
Sky Bet Championship: 9th
FA Cup: Quarter-finals (lost to Liverpool)
Capital One Cup: First round (lost to Scunthorpe United)

DID YOU KNOW?
The 90s was an eventful decade for Blackburn. In 1991, they were taken over by local businessman Jack Walker, whose financial backing helped them win promotion to the Premier League a year later. In 1994/95, Rovers defied all odds to pip Manchester United to their first league title for 81 years, only to suffer relegation in 1998/99.

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