Meet the opposition | Blackburn Rovers

10th December 2019
First team
Blackburn Rovers

With Swansea City set to take on Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night, here is a closer look at the team from Lancashire.

What's their story?

Blackburn Adam Armstrong

Blackburn made an instant return to the Championship in 2018, earning automatic promotion with a second-place finish in League One following their relegation in 2017.

They went on to consolidate in the second-tier last term, defying the predictions of many that they would make an instant return to League One.

They have been playing their football in the second and third tiers since their second stint in the Premier League came to an end in 2012.

Blackburn are one of only six sides to have won the Premier League, having beaten Manchester United to the title by a single point in the 1994-95 season.

They had previously won the top-flight title in 1912 and 1914, and have won six FA Cups and one League Cup.

How’s their form?

Blackburn Tosin Aderabioyo

Improving. Rovers had a mixed start to the season but have started to piece a good run together.

Following the weekend win over Derby, they have won four of their last five games, also beating the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Brentford along the way.

That sequence came on the back of a six-match winless run and has been enough to force their way into the top half of the Championship table.

Who’s the boss?

Blackburn Tony Mowbray

Tony Mowbray. One of the most experienced bosses in the division, Mowbray has been in management for 15 years.

Having been appointed Blackburn manager in February 2017 following the departure of Owen Coyle, Mowbray was unable to steer the club away from relegation but won promotion back to the Championship at his first attempt.

Mowbray’s first permanent managerial post was at Hibernian, and he was named the Scottish Football Association’s manager of the year in his debut season at Easter Road.

Mowbray moved on to West Brom, where he won the second-tier title in 2008, but relegation followed a year later and he moved on to Celtic, who he had represented as a player.

After a difficult spell at Parkhead he then took charge at another old club, Middlesbrough, before a stint at Coventry which preceded his move to Blackburn.

Who are the key men?

Blackburn Bradley Dack

Midfielder Bradley Dack has been a regular provider of goals for Rovers since his move from Gillingham in 2017, and that has carried on into this season with 10 goals already on the board.

Adam Armstrong and Sam Gallagher have chipped in with three goals each, while Corry Evans and Stewart Downing bring no shortage of experience in midfield.

Tosin Adarabioyo has been a fine acquisition on loan from Manchester City at the back, while goalkeeper Christian Walton – on loan from Brighton – has filled the hole left by the departure of David Raya last summer.