Stoke City are looking to build on a good run of form as they face Blackburn Rovers in the EFL Championship this weekend.
Stoke City currently sit 14th in the EFL Championships with six wins, three draws and seven losses from sixteen games this season.
The Potters have underwhelmed quite notably this season after a strong summer of investment in the squad as they find themselves not particularly close to being a playoff contender.
They're coming into this game in good form, though, given they're unbeaten in their last five games having won three of those.
Their most recent game saw them held to a 0-0 draw away at Coventry City, a result that confirmed their second 0-0 draw on the bounce.
It could be argued that their form is tailing off somewhat after an impressive three-match winning streak but having preserved their unbeaten run manager Alex Neil will be happy with where his side are at.
Their form at home has been good of late as they come into this game having taken seven points from their last three games on home soil so they'll back themselves to at least avoid defeat in this one.
Stoke have won all of their last three head-to-head meetings with Blackburn so chances are they'll get a positive result here.
Blackburn Rovers currently sit 12th in the EFL Championship with seven wins, one draw and eight losses from twelve games this season.
Rovers have had a somewhat disappointing campaign so far after just missing out on the playoff on goal difference last time out, with Jon Dahl Tomasson's side proving an inconsistent and at times soft outfit despite playing some extremely entertaining and impressive football.
Their form coming into this game is solid on the whole having won three and lost two of their last five in the league, but given they've lost two of their last three the direction of travel is not promising.
Their most recent game saw them lose 1-2 at home to rivals Preston after conceding a 90th-minute winner, something that is becoming all too frequent for Rovers.
That late goal means Blackburn have now conceded more goals (11) after the 80th minute than any other side in the division. This is likely a consequence of having such a young team but also a symptom of their cavalier style of play, something that is admirable but also tends to come back to bite them at times.
Rovers have a poor record against Stoke of late and given the form of the two sides a home win feels the most likely outcome here.
For our Stoke vs. Blackburn prediction, we're going for a 2-1 win for the home side.