Ewood Park: Blackburn Rovers vs Watford Championship preview

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Competition: England Championship
Competition: Wed 24.February
Match begins: 19:45 (UTC)
Venue: Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers will hope to utilise their home advantage to help bridge the gap to today’s opponents. The home side are currently 18 points behind Watford.

Insights:
  • Blackburn Rovers have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Watford has the fewest conceded goals in the first half (8) in Championship

The hosts Blackburn Rovers saw competitive action as recent as four days ago, playing in the Championship. That game was an away game at Nottingham Forest, so at least Blackburn Rovers are thankful to return home in this one. Game on!

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Blackburn Rovers form and stats

6-4-4 (win-draw-lost) are the Championship numbers at home for Blackburn Rovers so far this season. Regardless of arena the trend is looking very unhealthy for Blackburn with their four defeats in a row. Not since the Luton Town game, 25 days ago, have they avoided a loss.

In their previous game, the manager T. Mowbray led his Blackburn Rovers to a defeat in the Championship match away at Nottingham Forest. The manager is hoping to put things right immediately here at Ewood Park. Prior to that, an away loss at Barnsley.

The penalty miss from Adam Armstrong in the defeat against Nottingham Forest was a source of irritation for some fans, but these things happen.

Some members of the home team might already be thinking of their next match, the Championship game versus Coventry City in only three days. This game is also played here at Ewood Park.

A decent goal production from Blackburn in their home games so far, with 21 goals from 14 league matches. 15 goals have been conceded.

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Watford form and stats

4 wins, 7 draws and 4 losses. That’s the product of Watford, who have the fewest conceded goals (9) away in Championship, playing as the away team in the Championship this season.

Watford won their last game, 2-1 versus Derby County played at home. Prior to that result Watford won their away game at Preston North End. The scoreline was 1-0.

The schedule is very tough for Watford now as they have to travel again shortly after this match. A Championship game at AFC Bournemouth is waiting in only three days.

The attacking power of Watford when travelling is not overwhelming with 8 goals scored from 15 league matches away. They concede less than a goal on average per away game (9 so far). There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 0 of these goals has been conceded in their last 3 away matches.

Head 2 Head

The last H2H meeting was Watford - Blackburn 3-1, played this season. Head-2-head stats last nine meetings: three - two - four (Blackburn wins - draws - Watford wins). As for goals, six matches ended with three or more goals (over 2,5), three had two or less.

Top Goalscorers

BlackburnA. Armstrong
A. Armstrong
19 goals
WatfordJ. Junqueira de Jesus
J. Junqueira de Jesus
8 goals
WatfordT. Deeney
T. Deeney
7 goals

Blackburn Rovers missing players

Watford missing players

Blackburn Rovers Watford
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs mid Away Total
30 14 4 Played P 6 15 31
11 6 0 Won W 2 4 16
6 4 2 Drew D 3 7 9
13 4 2 Lost L 1 4 6
43 21 3 Scored S 4 8 40
34 15 6 Conceded C 3 9 21
93% 86% 50% Over 0.5 O 0.5 67% 67% 84%
70% 71% 50% Over 1.5 O 1.5 33% 33% 52%
53% 57% 50% Over 2.5 O 2.5 17% 13% 29%
27% 21% 25% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 0% 16%
10% 14% 25% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 0% 13%
50% 64% 50% BTTS BTTS 33% 27% 39%
30% 29% 50% Clean Sheets C S 50% 53% 48%
27% 21% 50% Failed to Score F T 50% 53% 29%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
1.5 1.4 2.2 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 1.7 1.7 1.8
1 0 0 Red cards R C 0 0 0
 
13.8 12.4 12 Shots (avg) S ( 8.8 9.9 10.6
5 5.1 4.5 Shots on Target (avg) S O 2.2 2.5 3.2
29% 29% 17% Goal Efficiency G E 31% 21% 40%
Key stats in Championship this season:
  • Blackburn Rovers have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Blackburn Rovers have scored at least twice as many goals at home as Watford have scored away.
  • Watford has the fewest conceded goals (9) away in Championship
  • Watford has the fewest conceded goals in the first half (8) in Championship

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Norwich City 31 19 7 5 42 24 16 10 5 1 22 9 15 9 2 4 20 15 18 64
2 Brentford 31 16 9 6 56 34 15 8 5 2 29 17 16 8 4 4 27 17 22 57
3 Watford 31 16 9 6 40 21 16 12 2 2 32 12 15 4 7 4 8 9 19 57
4 Swansea City 29 16 8 5 37 19 15 9 5 1 19 6 14 7 3 4 18 13 18 56
5 Reading 31 15 6 10 44 36 16 9 0 7 24 20 15 6 6 3 20 16 8 51
6 AFC Bournemouth 31 13 10 8 45 30 15 9 3 3 26 14 16 4 7 5 19 16 15 49
7 Cardiff City 31 13 7 11 46 33 16 6 3 7 27 19 15 7 4 4 19 14 13 46
8 Middlesbrough 31 13 7 11 36 31 15 8 2 5 18 14 16 5 5 6 18 17 5 46
9 Stoke City 31 11 12 8 37 33 16 7 4 5 22 19 15 4 8 3 15 14 4 45
10 Barnsley 30 13 6 11 34 35 14 7 3 4 18 16 16 6 3 7 16 19 -1 45
11 Millwall 31 9 15 7 30 27 16 3 10 3 15 13 15 6 5 4 15 14 3 42
12 Blackburn Rovers 30 11 6 13 43 34 14 6 4 4 21 15 16 5 2 9 22 19 9 39
13 Queens Park Rangers 29 10 9 10 30 34 15 6 4 5 16 16 14 4 5 5 14 18 -4 39
14 Preston North End 31 12 3 16 34 42 15 4 2 9 11 16 16 8 1 7 23 26 -8 39
15 Bristol City 31 12 3 16 29 42 16 7 2 7 14 16 15 5 1 9 15 26 -13 39
16 Luton Town 30 10 7 13 23 34 14 5 5 4 16 16 16 5 2 9 7 18 -11 37
17 Nottingham Forest 31 9 9 13 26 31 16 5 6 5 15 14 15 4 3 8 11 17 -5 36
18 Huddersfield Town 31 10 6 15 38 45 16 8 2 6 24 17 15 2 4 9 14 28 -7 36
19 Derby County 30 9 7 14 22 32 15 4 4 7 9 16 15 5 3 7 13 16 -10 34
20 Coventry City 31 8 10 13 29 42 16 6 6 4 17 17 15 2 4 9 12 25 -13 34
21 Birmingham City 31 7 10 14 22 37 15 2 3 10 9 24 16 5 7 4 13 13 -15 31
22 Rotherham United 29 8 5 16 33 40 14 4 3 7 20 20 15 4 2 9 13 20 -7 29
23 Sheffield Wednesday 30 9 7 14 21 32 15 6 5 4 12 9 15 3 2 10 9 23 -11 28
24 Wycombe Wanderers 30 4 8 18 22 51 15 2 5 8 9 19 15 2 3 10 13 32 -29 20

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The English Football League Championship (usually shortened to the Championship) is the second highest division in the English football league system. 24 teams play 46 fixtures from August to May, meeting each other twice. The Championship is the wealthiest second-level division in the world.