In the English Championship, the two clubs that are rising in the Premier League this season are practically known. But there will still be a battle for the last leg, which will be played out through the play-offs. Blackburn, who now need to beat Stoke City at home, are also in contention for a place in it. Will the Magpies be able to do so? The site’s journalists have put together a prediction for the important match on April 18, 2022. Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be viewed at 1xbet eu.
Blackburn continue to improve in this draw
The Wanderers are known for a couple of things. Firstly, the fact that they managed to win the Premier League in 1995, well, and secondly, they are the first champions in this format to fall to Ligue 1, the 3rd tier of the country’s division. The comeback worked, and it looked as though Rovers would be mid-table at most. Last season, Tony Mowbray’s side only managed to take 15th place. Now they are fighting for a place in the top six – and that’s a chance to qualify for the knockout stages. However, Brereton and company were almost unbeaten in spring, but repeatedly conceded. Yes, having opened the scoring in the 77th minute, they lost in the last round to Peterborough, one of the outsiders, 1-2.
Stoke City might just finish the season again
The Potters were once regarded as almost textbook mid-table sides in the APL. A strong team with a number of star performers, they were not exactly star-struck (although they made some noise in the cup), but they were consistently good – until they were suddenly relegated. And then they started to show the usual results, but at a lower level. Last time, for example, we finished 14th. Now we are more or less at the same level. We managed to take about as many wins as losses, though we scored a little more than we conceded. It is already clear that once again they managed to avoid relegation even lower, and again there is no chance to rise at least to the level of the current Blackburn. That said, there were some good results in the spring. True, in the last round, hosting Bristol City, did not score, and in the end – also conceded an offensive goal.
Stoke City have only two wins in their last eight encounters. Blackburn have managed to win half of their encounters, including this season, with Khadra scoring the only away goal early in the 2nd half.
Both teams are not in the best shape. So it is unlikely that they will be able to show bright football – we expect “total less than 2.5 goals” (odds – 1.74).