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Former Premier League title holders Blackburn Rovers host Cardiff City at Ewood Park on matchday 9 of the EFL Championship 2021-22.

We look at a few stats to predict the game.

Blackburn Rovers have had a decent start to this season and currently sit sixth in the league with three wins in eight games and are in the contention zone for the playoffs. They have faced a recent slump in form as they have just managed to win one game from their last five fixtures and would definitely look to shape that up. A win over Cardiff City could see them go up to fourth.

Blackburn have scored 11 goals so far in the league and conceded eight in the process. They have an xG of 9.24 and have slightly overperformed that metric. Centre-forward Ben Brereton-Diaz have been their most threatening player in front of goal with four goals in the bag till now.

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Cardiff also had a similar start to the season and have won three out of eight fixtures. However, three losses in the last four matches have seen them sink down to 10th in the league. Mick McCarthy and his men would surely travel to Ewood Park with a motive to change this recent poor run of form.

The Welsh side have also scored 11 goals and have slightly been ahead of their league xG of 10.77. But Cardiff have struggled to score in the recent past and just got three goals in the last four matches, however, conceded five which has done them no good. Their last away trip to Coventry City ended in a 0-1 defeat and Cardiff would most certainly look to improve that stat on Saturday. Aden Flint has been the highest goalscorer in the squad with four to his name while Ryan Giles has been the best provider not only in the team but also in the league having the most assists(4).

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Cardiff City have dominated possession in most of their matches and have the fifth most shots from positional attacks in the league(55). They have managed to get themselves in good positions around the opposition box but have been unlucky in terms of putting the ball in the net. 11 goals from 55 attempts is never a good conversion rate and Cardiff need to improve and be more clinical if they want to get back to winning ways.

Blackburn have the second-lowest shots from positional attacks with 38 just better than Peterborough United. They have failed to dominate the game on most occasions and are certainly feeling the absence of Adam Armstrong upfront. Their defence have conceded the third-lowest goals in the league and have kept two clean-sheets in the last two games. Looking at the vulnerable Cardiff defence recently, Blackburn can hurt them.

Since the start of the season, both the teams have been neck to neck and there hasn’t been much to differentiate them from.

Tony Mowbray is just missing attacking midfielder Bradley Dack and will have an almost full squad to choose from at home. Loanees Leighton Clarkson and Ian Poveda-Ocampo can be a point of difference between the two sides.

Cardiff City will travel with a full squad to Ewood Park with only Joel Bagan sidelined due to injury.

While Rovers have won five of their last seven home league matches and kept two consecutive clean-sheets, the Bluebirds have failed to score in each of their last two outings. We predict a 1-1 draw or a 2-1 victory to Blackburn.

Predicted Lineups

Blackburn Rovers (4-2-3-1): Thomas Kaminski, Harry Pickering, Daniel Ayala, Darragh Lenihan, Ryan Nyambe, John Buckley, Lewis Travis, Tyrhys Dolan, Joe Rothwell, Sam Gallagher, Benjamin Brereton.

Cardiff City (5-4-1): Dillon Phillips, Joel Bagan, Curtis Nelson, Aden Flint, Sean Morrison, Perry Ng, Mark Harris, Will Vaulks, Marlon Pack, Rubin Colwill, Kieffer Moore.