Bristol City vs Blackburn Prediction: Rovers can continue on path to safety

 | 9th April | 

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Bristol City are part of a select group of Championship teams who are no longer involved in either the promotion or relegation battles, but Blackburn are not yet out of the woods at the bottom of the table despite a recent improvement in form.

The Robins have still been able to have a major influence on the scraps at both ends of the table in their recent outings. Their 1-0 win over title hopefuls Leicester shook things up on Good Frida,  while another 1-0 victory over Plymouth increased the chances of their West Country rivals going down.

Rovers' recent form can be looked at in two different ways, as they have put together a long string of draws which means they have won only one of their last 12 games in all competitions, but have also lost only two of their last 10 league matches. Below is our Bristol City vs Blackburn prediction, featuring team news and betting odds.

Bristol City vs Blackburn Prediction

  • Draw @ 21/10
  • Under 2.5 total goals, Both teams to score - No and under 29.5 bookings points @ 4/1 

Team News

Ross McCrorie, Joe Williams and Tommy Conway could all come into the Bristol City team if manager Liam Manning decides to make changes.

Blackburn will be without Yasin Ayari and Ryan Hedges due to hamstring injuries, so Dilan Markanday is in line to come into the starting line-up.

Rovers are also monitoring the fitness of star striker Sammie Szmodics, who picked up a knock against Southampton. Andrew Moran would most likely be his replacement if he was unavailable.

Match Odds

Bristol City are favourites to win at home and priced at 11/8 - or a 42.1% chance -  to win the match, with Blackburn on available at 9/5 and the draw available at 21/10.

Over 2.5 goals in the game is priced at EVS, with under 2.5 at 8/11 and it's 4/5 that both teams score in the game, with 10/11 on offer for only one side or neither team to find the net.

Blackburn's Sammie Szmodics and City's Tommy Conway are joint favourites to score the first goal of the game at 11/2.

Draw @ 21/10

The draw being the biggest price of the three potential match outcomes can be questioned given the way Blackburn have been edging their way to safety one point at a time and it's quite possible that this game will end with the scores level too.

Blackburn have demonstrated an ability to finish on level terms with teams wherever they are in the table over the last six weeks, holding top-10 sides Preston, Norwich, Middlesbrough and Southampton to draws, but also failing to get the better of their fellow relegation candidates in stalemates against Millwall and Plymouth.

Failing to win those two crucial head-to-head battles means Rovers can't relax just yet but John Eustace's team should be glad that their opponents will not have the same need for the points that they would have had a few weeks ago.

City have not been any better than a mid-table team this season and while they have secured enough wins to make their lives comfortable at this stage of the campaign, 12 of their 15 league wins have come by a single goal and Blackburn should be capable of keeping this contest close too.

Under 2.5 total goals, Both teams to score - No and under 29.5 bookings points @ 4/1 

While Bristol City could potentially play without fear now they know they are not going up or down, it's still not likely that they will put on a swashbuckling performance, so make a low-scoring game with under 2.5 goals the basis of a #PickYourPunt wager.

City's last five games have each produced no more than two goals, with three settled by a single strike and one goalless draw.

For their part, Blackburn have failed to score in three of their last four Championship matches and so adding at least one of the teams not to find the net to our bet makes sense.

For a final leg, the potential lack of intensity on City's part could lead to a quiet game in terms of cards and taking under 29.5 bookings points appeals.

The Robins have not received more than two yellow cards in any of their last five games, while Blackburn received no cautions the last time they played a mid-table team in their win at Sunderland.

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