Table-topping Leicester City will be aiming to continue their impressive start to the season as they travel to face Ewood Park to take on Blackburn Rovers in a game which kicks off at 12:00 on Sunday afternoon.
After a mixed start to their campaign, Blackburn currently find themselves in 14th place in the Championship table, having amassed ten points from their opening eight League outings. This comes following three wins, one draw and four defeats.
Blackburn’s defensive frailty has been their biggest weakness, with only Southampton and Rotherham having conceded more goals than them this season. Against a frightening Leicester attack it is difficult to envisage Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side being to record a clean sheet this weekend.
In their last league outing, Blackburn were narrowly defeated by Ipswich town in a seven-goal thriller. Arnor Sigurdsson and Sammie Szmodics were on the scoresheet however a 79th minute winner from Massimo Luongo proved to be the difference between the sides on the day. Jon Dahl Tomasson will undoubtedly take the positives from the game given Ipswich’s impressive start to the season.
Leicester are currently occupying first place in the Championship on 21 points. The Foxes have lost just one of their league games so far this season, which came against Hull in a narrow 1-0 defeat.
Enzo Maresca’s side have the best defensive record in the Football League having conceded just five goals from their eight games. The defensive partnership of Wout Faes and Jannik Vestergaard has proven to be seemingly impenetrable so far this campaign, with Conner Coady providing depth to the defensive line if required.
The Foxes featured in midweek EFL cup action as they took on Liverpool at Anfield in the 3rd round of the competition. Despite taking an early lead in the 3rd minute through Kasey McAteer, Leicester were unable to hold onto their lead as Liverpool ran away 3-1 winners thanks to goals from Gakpo, Jota and Szoboszlai.
The Fixture of Blackburn vs Leicester has a long and storied history, with the two sides first meeting in the FA Cup in 1908. In total, the sides have met 99 times in competitive games, with Blackburn winning 39, Leicester winning 35 and there being 25 draws.
These sides last met in last year's edition of the FA Cup, where Blackburn pulled off an upset to advance into the quarter-final stages of the competition. Goals from Tyrhys Dolan and Sammie Szmodics ensured that the Riversiders would advance in the competition despite Leicester pulling a goal back through Kelechi Iheanacho.
Unsurprisingly, given their start to the season, it is Leicester who come into the game as favourites to record a victory and are currently priced @ 21/20, whilst a home win for Blackburn is priced @ 23/10 and a draw is @ 14/5.
We are backing 21 year-old Kasey McAteer to score the first goal in the game after proving his goal-scoring prowess at the start of this campaign. McAteer already has four league games in just six appearances this season and will be full of confidence after scoring at Anfield in the week.