Match Preview: Blackburn Rovers vs. Cardiff City

Match Preview | Blackburn Rovers vs. Cardiff City

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The Bluebirds return to Sky Bet Championship action this weekend, travelling to Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park on Saturday, October 21st, 3pm KO.

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Jon Dahl Tomasson on the touchline for Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers’ boss is former Denmark international Jon Dahl Tomasson, who was appointed in June 2022.

During his playing days, Tomasson represented the likes of Newcastle United, Feyenoord, AC Milan and Villarreal.

He also impressed at international level, scoring 52 goals in 112 matches for Denmark.

Since becoming a manager, Tomasson has spent time in the Netherlands with Excelsior and Roda JC, before winning the Swedish Allsvenskan twice with Malmö FF.

Last season, he guided Blackburn Rovers to seventh in the Championship, missing out on the Play-Offs on goal difference alone.

Dominic Hyam in action for Blackburn Rovers

Rovers have had a tough start to the season, currently sitting 17th in the second-tier table.

Tomasson’s men have recorded four wins, one draw and six defeats in their opening 11 matches of the league campaign.

Their five fixtures at Ewood Park have resulted in two wins and three losses, with their home record ranked 19th in the division.

Rovers have conceded 21 league goals so far this season; only Rotherham United have conceded more goals, with 22.

However, Tomasson will take encouragement from his side's last result before the international break, as they claimed a convincing 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.

Len Davies walks out to represent Cardiff City

There have been a total of 77 meetings in all competitions between the Bluebirds and Blackburn Rovers.

The first came in January 1922, as City secured a 3-1 win thanks to a brace from Len Davies and a goal from Billy Grimshaw.

Since then, the Bluebirds have won a further 24 meetings, with Rovers winning 30 and 22 ending in a draw.

Both contests last season ended with a result of 1-0, with City winning the home clash thanks to a late goal from Mark Harris.

Craig Conway celebrates scoring for Cardiff City

Craig Conway became a Bluebird in June 2011, joining from Scottish outfit Dundee United.

It took just two league games for Conway to net his first goal for City, netting in a 3-1 win over Bristol City in the Severnside derby.

The winger went on to make 31 league appearances during his first season at the Club and was part of the side that reached the League Cup Final against Liverpool at Wembley.

His second campaign as a Bluebird was a successful one, as City earned promotion to the Premier League as champions.

In January 2013, Conway moved to Blackburn Rovers on Deadline Day, scoring his first goal for the Club 23 days later in a 1-0 win over Reading.

The Scottish international went on to amass an impressive tally of 178 league appearances for Rovers and gained promotion to the Championship as League One runners-up in 2017.