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Match Preview: Stoke versus Blackburn

Match Preview: Stoke take on Blackburn at the bet365 Stadium

Saturday’s game will be the 95th meeting between the two sides

Blackburn over history have faired a touch better than the Potters

Stoke wins 36

Blackburn wins 43

Over the last 10 meeting though it’s Stoke who have faired better with the Potters winning 6 of them.

The last meeting between the sides happened back in April, Peter Etebo scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory. The last meeting at the bet365 Stadium was a spectacle, Blackburn ran into a deserved 3-0 lead for then Saido Berahino to inspire a come back which ended with his 93rd minute penalty miss with the score at 2-3.

Blackburn have hit a little bit of form of late, winning 3 of the last 4 games. This form has pushed them up to 13th in the league, ten points above Stoke.

Last 3 results

Stoke

Barnsley 2-4 Stoke

Stoke 2-1 Wigan

Cardiff 1-0 Stoke

Blackburn

Leeds 2-1 Blackburn

Blackburn 3-2 Barnsley

Blackburn 1-0 Brentford

Players to watch

Bradley Dack is well known to Stoke fans, back in that 3-2 loss to them last year he was the fulcrum that kept Blackburn ticking, nothing seems to have changed this season. Dack has already scored 8 goals from midfield.

Stewart Downing is having a decent season following his free transfer from Middlesbrough. Downing has 1 goal and two assists in the past three game.

Stoke must get back to winning ways with the likes of Middlesbrough winning in midweek else that gap to safety is going to get worrying again. The inclusion of man of the moment James McClean should help Stoke’s prospects.

What are your expectations for the game?

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