Stoke City vs Blackburn
Date: Saturday, 22 September 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke-on-Trent).
The Potters continued their fine home form on Tuesday when Joe Allen made the difference against Swansea City to help Stoke clinch the third win on the bounce at Bet265 Stadium. Can they keep the ball rolling in front of the home crowd on Saturday when recently-promoted Blackburn Rovers are to travel to Staffordshire?
We can say the visitors confounded their expectations at the beginning of the new season. The record of 11 points from 8 games might not look fascinating, but they’ve offered a very strong resistance against some of the biggest guns in the league in the last couple of weeks. The Riversiders held Aston Villa and Derby County to draws in last two rounds. Can they do the same against Stoke City here?
Stoke City vs Blackburn: Head-to-head
It’s been three years since these two likes last locked horns.
Blackburn took a demolishing 4-1 victory back then, eliminating the Potters from the FA Cup.
Each of past four head to head games saw goals at both ends.
Blackburn Rovers did not have much success in the history of trips to Staffordshire.
The Riversiders won just 1 and lost 13 of 19 games away at Stoke City.
Stoke City vs Blackburn: Prediction
Stoke’s home form has really been impressive so far in the season. However, they might encounter a very stern defensive line of Blackburn’s here and we’d not be surprised to see them struggling for an opener.
The visitors will park the bus, just like they did against the likes of Aston Villa and Derby County in last two rounds. They shipped only one goal in these matches. Knowing that the Potters are also very tough to break down at Bet365 Stadium, the Under 2.5 goals FT just has to be our top betting recommendation here.
You can alternatively back Under 0.5 goals in the first half at the 2.62 odds.
Stoke City vs Blackburn: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.72 (8/11)
Under 0.5 goals in the first half @ 2.62 (13/8).