This week it’s the Friday night lights of Ewood Park that await Cardiff City - the four hundred and forty two mile long round trip set to test the resolve of the hardened travelling ‘City faithful, especially those on coaches for what could be up to ten hours or more on the road.
The reason it’ll be an easy decision for some? Aside from the love of following the club, home and away, Cardiff City head to Lancashire in top spot this week, looking to continue the unbeaten away form to apply extra pressure on the chasing pack ahead of Saturday’s fixtures.
Blackburn, dropping to the Championship this season for the first time since 2001 will provide a stern test and have players in the likes of Jordan Rhodes who would step in to most teams at this level. Under the stewardship of new boss and former playing star Henning Berg they’ll want to improve on recent results however, along with an indifferent home form should the first Ewood Park win since the end of October be secured. November for Rovers has been the low point of the season so far, seeing just one win from six games.
Having been denied victory away to Burnley in the last minute of the game, Blackburn this Friday will be looking to build on the point earned, while proving their promotion credentials and mettle against leaders Cardiff. A home win would see a rise in status to eighth place, if only until the Saturday 3pm fixtures commence. And with tough December games against Blackpool, Brighton and Middlesbrough, Rovers will very much need to start taking points away from their rivals if a top six or more spot is to be realised at the end of the campaign.
So far their record against top half teams is respectable, taking three wins and two draws from the eight played. Other stats of note find Rovers unbeaten from the six games they’ve been winning at half time, drawing and winning three. Fourteen points have been dropped from a winning position, a total of seven draws.
Will you be heading north this Friday? Cardiff fans can join the five hundred confirmed so far by securing tickets up until midday on Friday. For info and pricing please call the ticket office on 0845 345 1400
We’ll be hoping the trip back comes with three points added, what would be the first Cardiff away win at Blackburn since 1980 in the old second Division. On that day Peter Kitchen’s double was added to by John Buchanan for the win.
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