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Blackburn Rovers vs Leicester City Stats Pack, Bet Builder Tips and Predictions

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The final game of the Championship weekend sees Leicester City host Blackburn Rovers at the King Power Stadium.   Enzo Maresca has made quite the start to life as a manager in the second tier, leading his new side to seven wins from their opening eight matches, only falling short against Hull City and Liverpool in all competitions this season.  

They take on a chaotic Blackburn Rovers side who have seen a whopping 26 goals in their first eight league matches as well as scoring 17 goals on their way to the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

Both sides play an expansive, possession-heavy brand of football and it should make this a fascinating and enjoyable affair as both sides look to establish dominance on the day. It should also be a coupon buster if you know what to include in your Blackburn vs Leicester bet builder – fortunately, we have you covered. For more information on articles like this you should check out our Stats Pack Guide.

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BLACKBURN VS LEICESTER PREDICTED LINEUPS 

Blackburn likely unchanged 

The challenge was set to a number of players in midweek as Jon Dahl Tomasson looked for something different following back-to-back defeats. Arnor Sigurdsson got on the scoresheet in the EFL Cup in midweek and will likely keep his place.

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Maresca has a left-sided problem 

Callum Doyle is a centre-half but was being utilised as a left-back by Enzo Maresca – the joys of being left-footed. He’s now injured for a sustained period so James Justin should get a chance to stake his claim as a regular in the XI having sat behind Ricardo Pereira in the pecking order. Elsewhere, Kasey McAteer is likely to return to the XI – he’s Leicester’s top scorer this season.  

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BLACKBURN VS LEICESTER TEAM STATS 

Rovers living in chaos 

Blackburn Rovers are very good going forward. In eight league games, they have managed 1.6 xG or higher on six occasions, ten or more shots seven times, three or more shots on target in seven games and four or more on target in each of their last four. They have also conceded 1.3 xG or more in their last six games, they’ve given up 12 or more shots in seven games and conceded five or more shots on target in four of their last six. Elsewhere, they have had five corners in six games and conceded five in seven while also drawing at least two cards in every single game and three or more on six occasions.  

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Leicester dominant but love a card 

Maresca has unsurprisingly made Leicester the dominant force they ought to be. His side have managed 1.2 xG or higher in all but one game, had 15 or more shots in all but one game and six or more shots on target in all but two. They don’t give up many opportunities either and are tightening up the more the season continues. However, they have picked up two or more cards in six of their league outings and three or more in five, while drawing two or more in each of their last six.  

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BLACKBURN VS LEICESTER SHOTS AND SHOTS ON TARGET stats 

The season of Sammie 

Sammie Szmodics’ career has taken time to blossom but he has well and truly found his feet now. Eight games in and he’s already had over half of the shots and shots on target that he had for the entirety of last season. That’s because he has had two or more shots in six of his seven 55+ minute appearances in the league and a shot on target in his last six – he’s 1.83 to have a shot on target and 1.3 to have two or more shots.  

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Dewsbury-Hall enjoying himself 

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall wasn’t a prolific shooter before this season, averaging 1.34 efforts in the Championship with Luton and around 1 per game for Leicester in the Premier League. He’s dropped back down to the Championship, is playing a very advanced eight role and has had a shot on target in five of seven league starts, two or more shots in five of seven starts and three or more in four. Meanwhile, nominally defensive but now playing an attacking midfield role Wilfried Ndidi is finding his feet under Maresca – he has had eight shots and three on target in his last four league starts.  

 

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BLACKBURN VS LEICESTER GOALS AND ASSISTS stats

Szmodics leading the way 

Unsurprisingly, given the above, Szmodics is the man you should be looking at when it comes to finding the net for Blackburn – he has scored five goals from an xG of 3.6 – at least 1.3 more than any of his team-mates. Harry Leonard is next and the 20-year-old striker is making quite the impression with three goal contributions in six starts, including one in each of his last two appearances. The pair are 4.2 and 3.4 to score anytime respectively.  

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Wingers key for Leicester 

Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are taking time to get used to their new roles so the demand for goals has firmly fallen on those behind them. Given the above, it’s unsurprising to see Dewsbury-Hall top of the pile with five goal contributions but Stephy Mavididi and Kasey McAteer have stronger personal xG totals having netted two and four goals respectively. With Blackburn’s full backs given license to step inside and run forward, they could be key in Leicester’s attempts to find the back of the net.  

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BLACKBURN CARDS AND FOULS stats 

Lewis Travis – one of the dirtiest in the Championship 

Lewis Travis has a reputation amongst Championship fans. One similar to Ben Pearson or Sam Morsy. He’s horrible. The Blackburn captain has already picked up three yellow cards this season and has committed two or more fouls in seven of his eight Championship appearances – he loves it. He’s clearly teaching teenager Adam Wharton a thing or two – the extremely talented youngster has committed 16 fouls in all competitions, including two or more in six of his nine appearances.  

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KDH TO Cause all sorts of trouble

Eight Championship appearances, 22 fouls drawn, at least one foul drawn in every game and two or more in five of those. Dewsbury-Hall was even fouled in sub-45-minute appearances in two EFL Cup matches. He’s not alone – Wilfried Ndidi is the other eight in most games and he has been fouled in five of his seven starts in all competitions.  

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leicester CARDS AND FOULS STATS

Leicester aggressive centrally 

Centre-back Jannik Vestergaard and defensive midfielder Harry Winks have both picked up four yellow cards – clearly their brave style has led to issues in their defensive shape that has required them to take evasive action. Winks in particular likes a foul – the ex-England international has conceded a foul in nine of his ten central midfield appearances for Leicester. Stephy Mavididi, meanwhile, is doing his best to stop the ball from getting that far – he has committed a foul in six of his seven starts.  

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super sammie szmodics the target

Sammie Szmodics is the dangerman for Blackburn and, in theory, should be facing up against Winks. The recently-turned 28-year-old has been fouled in six of his seven 55+ minute appearances, including each of his last five and has drawn two or more fouls in three of those. Blackburn’s midfield is clearly a danger for opponents – Lewis Travis has been fouled in every single appearance while Adam Wharton has been fouled in seven of his nine appearances.  

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Blackburn Rovers vs Leicester City

Calendar 1st October
Football icon kick off 12:00
Football icon Over 2.5 Goals
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Blackburn have seen over 2.5 goals in ten of their 11 matches in all competitions.

Leicester have seen over 2.5 goals scored in half of their league matches.

Football icon Leicester City 5+ shots on target
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Leicester have had six or more shots on target in six of their eight league matches.

Blackburn have conceded five or more shots on target in four of their last six games.

Football icon Adam Wharton 1+ fouls
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Wharton has committed a foul in eight of his nine league appearances.

Up against Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Wilfried Ndidi who have been fouled over three times per 90 combined.

Football icon Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall 1+ shots on target
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Dewsbury-Hall has had a shot on target in five of seven league matches.

Blackburn have conceded five or more shots on target in four of their last six games.

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