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League One 2017-18: Blackburn Rovers

14 June 2017

With the fixtures released in a week, we continue a new feature taking an in depth look at all the teams in Sky Bet League One for the 2017-18 campaign, looking at Blackburn Rovers.

Last season...

Final position: 22nd (down 7 places from 2015-16)

Biggest win: 4-2 v Rotherham United (17/09/16)

Heaviest defeat: 1-4 v Norwich City (06/08/16)

League Cup: 3rd round

FA Cup: 5th round

Checkatrade Trophy: n/a

Manager: Tony Mowbray

As a player, Mowbray spend from 1982 until 1991 at Middlesbrough, making over 350 appearances for the club. The defender then spent four years at Celtic before a further five years at Ipswich Town before his retirement in 2000 - 18 years after his career started.

Now manager at Blackburn Rovers, he upturned the results and fortunes of the side, but couldn't stave off relegation to League One. He was appointed on an 18-month contract in late-February before penning a two-year deal in the close season.

TEAMS FROM TO GAMES WON DRAWN LOST
Blackburn Rovers 22/02/17 Present 15 5 7 3

Coventry City 02/03/15 29/09/16 76 26 24 26
Middlesbrough 26/10/10 21/10/13 153 61 37 55
Celtic 16/06/09 25/03/10 45 23 9 13
West Bromwich Albion 18/10/06 16/06/09 140 57 32 51
Hibernian 24/05/04 13/10/06 108 52 16 40
Ipswich Town 11/10/02 28/10/02 4 1 1 2

Transfer news...

IN: Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City, free)

OUT: None

RELEASED: Jason Lowe, Adam Henley, Wes Brown, Gordon Greer, Joshua Askew, Hope Akpan, Danny Guthrie, Ramirez Howarth

Correct as of June 12, 2017

PLAYER IN FOCUS

Danny Graham

Rovers completed the permanent signing of Danny Graham following his release from Sunderland in the summer of 2016.

The forward, who was a fans favourite whilst on loan at Ewood Park during the second half of 2015-16, put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal, with the option of a third year.

Graham was a huge hit at Ewood Park, netting seven times in 18 appearances, and after being released by Sunderland, Graham had a host of clubs chasing his signature, he made the return to Ewood Park.

2016-17 saw him continue his fine goalscoring antics, ending the season top scorer with 13 goals.

Ewood Park

Capacity: 31,367

Distance to GP: 103 miles

Ewood Park is an impressive stadium for League One, which had three large stands build during the 1990's. Interestingly, the pitch is raised at the stadium, meaning that players have to run up a small incline while taking throw-ins and corner kicks.

Away fans are housed in the Bryan Douglas Darwen End, where the facilities provided are good. The end is shared with home supporters.

Outside the stadium, behind the Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End, there is a statue of former club owner Jack Walker.

Head-to-head record...

  Blackburn Rovers wins Draw Scunthorpe United wins
League 1 1 0
League Cup 0 0 1
Total 1 1 1

Blackburn Rovers' biggest win: 3-0 (30/09/72)

Scunthorpe United's biggest win: 1-0 (12/08/14)

Memorable encounter...

Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Scunthorpe United (Bishop, 34)

Tuesday, August 12, 2016

The Iron recorded their first ever victory over Blackburn Rovers on their last trip to Ewood Park back in 2014.

Indeed the two teams have only met on three occasions with this victory in the League Cup, a mini giant-killing and United's only win over Rovers so far. Progress to round two was sealed against the 1994-95 Premier League winners thanks to a near post header from Neal Bishop, who diverted home a Gary McSheffrey corner.

Sky Bet odds...

We've taken a look at the latest Sky Bet odds ahead of the League One campaign to see how the bookmakers think Rovers will fare in 2017-18.

Correct as of June 12, 2017

Outcome Position Odds
Outright Winner 1st 11/2
Promotion 1st 15/8
Top six 1st 4/5
Relegation 24th 25/1

For this and other odds visit skybet.com/scunthorpe.