Blackburn vs Hull City predictions: Rovers can get play-off hopes back on track
Blackburn Rovers have just started to wobble with the end of the season in sight and could do with a well-timed home win over Hull to cement their place in the play-offs.
For 16th-placed Hull, a season that began with a takeover and much promise has never quite ignited though they are unbeaten in four, and a strong finish would boost spirits ahead of next term.
Injuries are affecting both camps, with respective managers, Jon Dahl Tomasson of Blackburn and Hull's Liam Rosenior, unable to pick their strongest elevens.
Bradley Dack has suffered a setback from a hamstring problem and won't be available to Tomasson.
The Dane was already without Daniel Ayala, John Buckley, Jack Vale and Jack Batty, while striker Sam Gallagher should be involved but is only working his way back to full fitness.
Hull, meanwhile, head for Ewood Park minus top scorer Oscar Estupinan, Aaron Connolly, Benjamin Tetteh and Cyrus Christie.
And Rosenior also explained he has several players who are doubts, among them Lewie Coyle and Ryan Longman.
Blackburn have proved the all-or-nothing kings of the Championship this season, with just five of their 40 matches ending in draws, the lowest tally in the division.
They are also very much a side that excels on home soil but labours away from home. At Ewood Park this term, they have amassed 40 points, away just 22. Only Reading boasts a bigger home-away points differential.
Only neighbours and table-toppers Burnley have won more home games than Rovers, 15 compared to Blackburn's 13.
Blackburn come into the game on the back of a worrying run of just one win in six in all competitions, which contrasts unfavourably with Hull, who are unbeaten in their last four.
Rosenior's Tigers have not won an away game in over three months. And their five away wins in 2022-23 in the league have all come against sides below them in the table.
Blackburn's formidable home form, only runaway leaders Burnley have won more times in front of their own fans, makes them a fairly easy fancy against Hull.
Jon Dahl Tomasson's men have won 13 of 19 league matches at Ewood Park, and even though they are on a run of just one win in six, four of those fixtures were on the road, and injury-plagued Hull look to be there for the taking.
Liam Rosenior was quite coy about the number of players he might be without, but one he definitely is without is top scorer Oscar Estupinan, and that makes them look a little blunter.
Blackburn are not the most prolific of sides, but only Burnley have conceded fewer home goals, so Blackburn in a game featuring under 3.5 goals looks like a perfectly reasonable bet.
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