Foot Predictions shows Wednesday’s championship clash between Blackburn Rovers and Watford, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Two sides in contrasting shapes face each other in Ewood Park on Wednesday night as the middle of the table Blackburn Rovers host to pursue promotion Watford.
Blackburn has lost four consecutive games and is 12th in the league, while Watford is third after winning three consecutive games.
Tony Mowbray praised his players for their performance in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Nottingham Forest, despite his team making the fourth game without scoring.
Alex MightenThe first-half goal proved the difference at City Ground, although Adam Armstrong hit the post and had a penalty saved in a close contest.
Ultimately, however, the Rovers are falling in free fall in the division and are certainly out of the playoff play, 10 points behind the top six.
Since April 2012, Blackburn have not lost five consecutive league games, but given the form of their opponent Watford, this is a real possibility on Wednesday.
The Hornets have scored the most points in the last three games thanks to victories over Bristol City, Preston North End and Derby County, scoring nine times and suffering twice.
João Pedro and Will Hughes were on target in Friday’s 2-1 victory over Derby, which leaves XiscoThe team team is third in the table and drew points with Brentford in second.
However, Swansea City is just one point away from Watford and has two games to play.
Watford beat Preston 1-0 last time on their travels and are looking for consecutive wins out of the league for the first time since September 2017.
Since 1981-82, the Hornets have not completed a one-two league over Blackburn, however, which they will try to put here to maintain their momentum of automatic promotion.
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Bradley Dack returned to the Blackburn bench against Forest and is in the running for a recall for the starting lineup here.
Mowbray will certainly be tempted to make one or two changes, with Barry Douglas another in the mix to return to XI.
Armstrong shot blank last time, but the 24-year-old has scored 19 goals this season and is only behind Brentford Ivan Toney (24) on the division’s top scorer list.
As for Watford, captain Troy DeeneyPedro’s prolonged absence meant regular minutes for Pedro at the top and this will continue to be the case in Ewood Park.
Xisco chose a preferred line, with Ken Sema, Ismaila Sarr and Hughes playing close to Pedro.
Francisco Sierralta was an unused substitute against Derby, but may be part of Xisco’s plans for this game.
Possible initial lineup of Blackburn Rovers:
Kaminski; Nyambe, Harwood-Bellis, Branthwaite, Douglas; Travis, Davenport; Elliott, Dack, Brereton; Armstrong
Possible starting lineup for Watford:
Bachmann; Femenia, Sierralta, Cathcart, Masina; Cleverley, Chalobah; Sarr, Hughes, Sema; Pedro
Probability: Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Watford
Four consecutive losses effectively ended Blackburn’s campaign, with Mowbray’s men without serious playoff disputes and without risk of relegation.
Watford has a lot to play for and could potentially end the game halfway through the week in the automatic promotion zone with a fourth consecutive win, which we are supporting.
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