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22/09/2018 Kick Off:  3:00 pm Bet365 Stadium V Predicted Score:1 - 1

Away Blackburn Rovers

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Match Summary

One to Watch: Benik Afobe

To suggest that Stoke rely heavily on one player would be widely unfair to the rest of the team and the coaching staff, but there’s no secret that Stoke rely a lot on the goals of Benik Afobe to get them out of trouble at times.

With four goals already this season, Afobe has established himself as Stoke’s main goal threat and could easily add to his two goals at the weekend away at Sheffield Wednesday with another couple here.

Bet365 have Afobe at 9/2 to score first, which could be one of the best football betting tips for the weekend, but also have him at 7/5 to score at any time. Stoke have underperformed so far this campaign, but without Afobe it could have been much worse.

9/2 Afobe to score first
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Team News

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Stoke's Last Six:
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Stoke do not have any major injury worries to speak of, nor do they have any suspensions. 

Blackburn Rovers' Last Six:
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The same goes for Blackburn, who are injury and suspension-free once again.

Stoke vs Blackburn Rovers Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

James McClean is hoping to be fit for this game between Stoke and Blackburn after breaking his wrist recently

Two teams that are currently stuck in the middle of the Championship, although the two clubs will have different feelings to this.

Blackburn, promoted from League One last season, will probably be happy with staying in the division and getting back to the solidity they had after their Premier League relegation a number of years ago.

Stoke, meanwhile, are looking to avoid a Blackburn situation themselves and are trying to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt – but it doesn’t seem to be going so well for Gary Rowett’s side. 

Both teams come into this game on the back of sketchy form, with the visitors only picking up two wins in their last six games and the hosts struggling to put together any real strong winning form.

This probably explains why bet365 have Stoke to win at 19/20, a draw at 23/10 and an away win at 3/1. Most Championship predictions will go in favour of the Potters, which is understandable, but considering the two sides’ recent run of form, a draw seems to be the most likely outcome.

Predicted Score: Stoke 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers

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Written by Tom Scholes

Tom Scholes is a huge sports fan with football and baseball his main passions. He follows football in England, France, Italy and the USA and when he’s not busy writing, Tom is usually making short documentaries or teaching music and history.