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How has Stewart Downing fared since leaving Middlesbrough and joining Blackburn Rovers?
When Stewart Downing completed his move to Blackburn Rovers during the summer transfer window, there were inevitably a few eyebrows raised. The midfielder, who had left Middlesbrough at the end of the previous season following the expiry of his contract at the Riverside Stadium, signed a one-year deal at Ewood Park in June, committing his […]

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3 things Blackburn Rovers must consider as they weigh up 22-year-old's future
Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has admitted that he is considering a January loan move away from the club for winger Harry Chapman. The former Middlesbrough man first joined Rovers on-loan from ‘Boro during Blackburn’s League One promotion-winning campaign in 2017/18, where despite being restricted to just 13 appearances in all competitions by injury, Chapman […]

The 4 Blackburn Rovers players walking a tightrope ahead of December
Blackburn Rovers have endured an inconsistent start to their second season back in the Championship since domestic action resumed at the beginning of August. Having picked up 13 points from their opening eight games of the season, it looked at that point as though Rovers would build on the promising return to the second-tier they […]

Blackburn man gives cringe-inducing account of recent injury blow
Blackburn Rovers’ on-loan Cardiff City defender Greg Cunningham says he was determined to play on following the injury he picked up away at QPR in early October, before getting a ‘crunchy feeling’ in the back of his knee. Cunningham picked up the knock just 20 minutes into the match at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, […]

Tony Mowbray discusses Blackburn man's recent game time
Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray says the physical pressure Lewis Holtby is putting himself under is part of the reason why the midfielder has yet to play a full 90 minutes this season. Holtby joined Rovers on a two-year contract in September following his release by German second-tier side Hamburg at the end of the […]

Tony Mowbray confirms Blackburn Rovers weighing up January player decision
Tony Mowbray has issued an update on 22-year-old Harry Chapman as the winger continues to impress for Rovers’ development squad.  Chapman has featured five times for the development side this season, scoring three goals and managing two assists, whilst also featuring for 30 minutes for the senior side against Oldham Athletic in the EFL Cup […]

2 assists: The Blackburn Rovers man who will need to step up and perform in the near future
It’s safe to say that Blackburn Rovers haven’t build on some impressive performances so far this season, with Tony Mowbray coming under pressure from some of the club’s supporters.  Rovers have only won once in their last eight games, which has seen them slide down the Championship table at an alarming rate. Mowbray’s side are […]

'Delusional, jog on mate': Some Leeds fans mock Blackburn player's bizarre comments
Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison were on target as Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United sealed a vital Championship triumph over Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road.

Championship rival absolutely stunned by Leeds United
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United won against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.

'Leeds there for the taking': Championship defender comments on Bielsa's side
Leeds United beat Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road on Saturday.

'Cannot be a hypocrite': Some Leeds fans agree with Mowbray's critical comments
Leeds United are sitting outside of the automatic places on goal difference after their win against Blackburn Rovers over the weekend.

'Moaning and groaning': Tony Pulis claims Leeds man has 'everything' to be a top player
Patrick Bamford scored a much-needed goal for Leeds United as they picked up a valuable three points against Blackburn Rovers.

Confirmed: Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers lineups; Midfielder impressed with teammate’s dribbling
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers will face each other at Elland Road in the Championship this afternoon.

Leeds United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers: Marcelo Bielsa's side keep up pressure on Preston and West Brom
ADAM LANIGAN AT ELLAND ROAD: Marcelo Bielsa's side maintained the pressure on Preston North End and West Brom as they secured their fourth straight home win.

Preston battle from back from two goals down to see off Blackburn and go second in the Championship
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Preston took moved up into second place in the Championship after coming from 2-0 down to beat Blackburn with a late goal from Tom Barkhuizen.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Sheffield Wednesday beat Stoke to soar into third, while Swansea lose at home
Sheffield Wednesday halted Stoke's mini-revival and climbed to third in the Sky Bet Championship with a 1-0 victory over the Potters on Tuesday.

The worst humiliations suffered by English teams in European competition after Tottenham thrashing
It was one of the darkest moments in Tottenham's 137-year history but some solace can be taken in the fact they're not the first English club to be embarrassed in European competition

Premier League switches to classic yellow winter ball as Nike release Total 90 Aerow design 
Football fans will notice the familiar return of the classic winter ball this weekend, as the Premier League officially ticks over into winter season.

Former Tottenham star Lewis Holtby signs for Blackburn Rovers after starting season as a free agent 
Lewis Holtby has signed a two year contract with Blackburn Rovers. The 29-year old former Tottenham and Germany midfielder was a free agent after leaving Hamburg.

Watford have not won a league game this season, but all is not lost

If Watford want to avoid relegation, they need to follow the lead of Derby in 2000-01 and Blackburn in 1996-97

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored

Two fascinating fixtures bookend the Premier League action this weekend. On Sunday afternoon, the top two meet at Anfield in a game that will help shape the title race. And on Friday night, the bottom two meet at Carrow Road for a very different kind of six pointer.

Norwich approach the game against Watford in terrible form. Since their shock victory over Manchester City in mid-September, they have played six matches, scored two goals and picked up just one point from an available 18. That victory over City is a real outlier in their season. In fact, it accounts for 43% of the points they have won in the campaign so far.

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Football League: Preston hit back to beat Blackburn, Exeter take derby spoils

  • Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday draw, Rowett begins with win
  • Sol Campbell loses Southend bow, Shrewsbury sink Sunderland

Preston moved up to second after coming back from two goals down against Blackburn in a Lancashire derby. Things could not have started worse for the hosts when they went 1-0 down within 30 seconds when Sam Gallagher’s rebounded off the post and went in via goalkeeper Declan Rudd’s back. Gallagher doubled the lead 10 minutes later but Preston bounced back in the second-half and level things up through Tom Barkhuizen and Daniel Johnson’s penalty. The game was settled in fitting style when Barkhuizen found the top corner from 25 yards.

Related: Josh Cullen penalty earns Charlton draw to frustrate 10-man West Brom

Sheff Wed 0-0 Leeds, Birmingham 2-1 Luton, Huddersfield 2-1 Barnsley, Hull 2-0 Derby, Middlesbrough 0-0 Fulham, Millwall 2-0 Stoke, Nottm Forest P-P Reading, Preston North End 3-2 Blackburn, West Brom 2-2 Charlton

Accrington 0-1 Gillingham, Bristol Rovers 2-2 Portsmouth, Burton 0-0 Blackpool, Fleetwood 1-0 MK Dons,Lincoln P-P Bolton, Oxford Utd 3-0 Rochdale, Peterborough 2-2 Coventry, Rotherham 0-1 Wycombe, Shrewsbury 1-0 Sunderland, Southend 1-3 Ipswich, Tranmere P-P Doncaster 

Exeter 4-0 Plymouth, Colchester 3-1 Newport, Crawley 0-4 Swindon, Forest Green P-P Crewe, Grimsby P-P Cheltenham, Leyton Orient 1-1 Carlisle, Macclesfield P-P Bradford City, Northampton 2-0 Cambridge, Port Vale 0-0 Oldham, Salford 1-1 Scunthorpe, Stevenage 1-0 Morecambe, Walsall 1-2 Mansfield

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Carabao Cup roundup: Norwich are dumped out by League Two Crawley
• Crystal Palace lose to Colchester after penalty shootout
• Sheffield United, Brighton, Watford and Southampton win

Norwich were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Crawley as Bez Lubala’s deflected first-half shot was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Town.

Daniel Farke’s decision to change all 11 starters for the Canaries proved costly as the Premier League new boys produced a disjointed performance and were duly punished.

Related: Aston Villa show their class in comfortable win over Crewe

Related: Jack Wilshere kickstarts West Ham’s Carabao Cup victory over Newport

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Football League: Woodgate gets first Middlesbrough win while Derby lose

• Assombalonga sinks Wigan; Derby slip against Bristol City
• Sheffield Wednesday go top with win against Luton

Jonathan Woodgate said Middlesbrough remain “a work in progress” despite his first win as head coach against Wigan.

Britt Assombalonga’s 23rd-minute header was enough to seal Woodgate’s first three points since succeeding Tony Pulis in the summer. But the Middlesbrough manager, knowing his team were far from convincing, does not want anyone to get carried away and has warned that there will be peaks and troughs throughout his first season in charge.

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Tom Cairney’s thunderbolt sees off Blackburn and gives Fulham first win

After suffering a shock opening-day defeat to a newly promoted side, it was imperative for Scott Parker that his Fulham team got their first league win in their clash with Blackburn Rovers at Craven Cottage. But more than that, he wanted to see “bravery” from the Championship favourites to continue playing out from the back - even when the home fans made their frustrations about Fulham’s new style of play perfectly clear.

Parker, though, was vindicated after Tom Cairney’s superb long-range strike in the 35th minute handed the hosts the lead before Aleksandar Mitrovic’s tap-in with nine minutes remaining secured a 2-0 win.

Related: Nottingham Forest scramble point at Leeds with Grabban goal

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Ten of the best transfers by Championship clubs this summer

A few new (and familiar) faces will be hoping to impress when the Championship season kicks off on Friday night

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored

Following their relegation from the Premier League and the departures of both Aron Gunnarsson and Victor Camarasa, Cardiff City were in desperate need of midfield reinforcements. Will Vaulks is an excellent addition. He chipped in with seven goals and seven assists last season while captaining Rotherham and should prove to be a real asset with and without the ball. Strong in the tackle and great in the air, with a cannon of a throw-in to boot, he’ll be a key player.

Related: Charlton's academy keeps producing young players who make the grade

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5 Instances when Premier League teams swapped players between themselves

5 Instances when Premier League teams swapped players between themselves Swap deals between clubs playing in the same league are rare occurrences in football, especially in the Premier League, where the clubs are rather reluctant to sell their star players to their rivals. Even if they do agree to do business, outright cash is what […]

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5 one-season wonders in the Premier League and what happened to them eventually

5 one-season wonders in the Premier League and what happened to them eventually When we talk about prolific goalscorers in the Premier League, the names of Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez, Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer and more recently, Mo Salah and Harry Kane come to our mind. All the aforementioned players […]

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Aston Villa signing this skilled 25-year-old ace would boost creativity and goalscoring prowess up front

Aston Villa Opinion: Why Dean Smith should make a move for Bradley Dack? According to a report from The Sun, Aston Villa and Brighton are interested in signing Blackburn Rovers star Bradley Dack this summer. The 25-year-old midfielder was one of the standout players for Blackburn Rovers last season, as the Championship outfit finished 15th […]

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Crystal Palace should not hesitate to beat London rivals for this £18m-rated Championship star – Here is why

Crystal Palace Opinion: Eagles should beat West Ham to sign Bradley Dack According to reports from the Daily Mail, Premier League clubs West Ham and Crystal Palace are both plotting an audacious summer swoop on Blackburn Rovers for influential playmaker Bradley Dack. The Mail also understands that Blackburn have slapped a daunting £18 million price […]

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Marco Stiepermann to retain his spot? – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Norwich City XI to face Blackburn Rovers

Norwich City vs Blackburn Rovers predictions: Norwich City line-up Norwich City welcome Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road on Saturday needing just one point to seal Premier League promotion. The Canaries drew 2-2 with Stoke City on Monday but Leeds United’s loss to Brentford has put Daniel Farke’s men on the brink. Leaders Norwich now have […]

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Crystal Palace would work wonders next season if they manage to sign this 12-goal Championship playmaker

Crystal Palace Opinion: Why the Eagles should go all out for Bradley Dack Back in December 2018, the Sun claimed Crystal Palace were interested in signing Blackburn Rovers playmaker Bradley Dack in the January transfer window. Bradley Dack, 25, has impressed for Blackburn Rovers in the Championship this season, scoring 12 goals and supplying six […]

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