Tip Blackburn - Stoke
Eighth placed Stoke City are only two points behind the final promotion play-off place. They have gone three games without a win though and need a win at Blackburn who are in 11th. It's not been a good few weeks for Stoke with only one win in their last nine league and cup matches. This is only their second league game of the new year, the other saw them lose 1-0 at home to Bournemouth, conceding the winner with only 11 minutes remaining. Goals have been in short supply of late for the Potters. Just two have been scored in their last six league fixtures with all of those matches having under 2.5 goals scored in them and three being goalless draws. One of those goals scored was the winning one when they beat Blackburn 1-0 at home six days before Christmas. Away form has seen Stoke unbeaten in their last six league matches. Again not many goals with four of the last five ending goalless. Stoke have actually not conceded a goal in any of their last six away league fixtures.
Blackburn may be 12th but are only five points off a play-off position, though from a game more. Their only league game of 2021 ended in success, when winning 2-0 at Birmingham City. That ended a run of three league matches without a win. Two of those games were lost but both away from home. They would have got a point at Huddersfield but conceded a 90th minute winner. Home form has been better with only one defeat in seven, that was to leaders Norwich City. Three of the last five at home have been won making it five for the season. A bet on under 2.5 goals is the suggested wager for this match.
Key points Blackburn - Stoke
Three of the last four Blackburn league games have had under 2.5 goals scored in them.
Stoke haven't conceded in any of their last six away league games.
Four of the last five Stoke City away league games have ended goalless.
Stoke have scored only two goals in their last six league matches.
Conclusion Blackburn - Stoke
Stoke City were in the promotion play-offs until a few weeks ago. They are struggling for goals, though keeping plenty of clean sheets on their travels. Those play-off places are within the grasp of both of these clubs but a bit more consistency is needed for that to happen. A bet on under 2.5 goals being scored is the one to go for here.
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Blackburn Stoke Prediction published on January 13, 2021