Blackburn Rovers Tipped To Suffer Further Disappointment

Blackburn Rovers have had a difficult season so far and have picked up 27 fewer points than they did over the course of the previous campaign. However, one EFL pundit believes this won’t stop any time soon.

The situation seemed quite drastic at the end of Jon Dahl Tomasson’s reign at Ewood Park. The Danish coach had already threatened to resign once before due to the club’s perceived lack of ambition but the Duncan McGuire situation seemed to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

McGuire was all set to sign for the Lancashire outfit, having travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to put pen to paper on a deal. Unfortunately, at the very last second, the transfer was not concluded. Just a week later, Tomasson parted ways by “mutual consent”.

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Former Birmingham City boss John Eustace was quickly the favourite to replace the current Sweden national team manager due to his availability and experience with relegation battles in the Championship.

In the aftermath of Tomasson’s exit and Eustace’s arrival, Blackburn Rovers picked up an impressive 3-1 win at home against fellow relegation-threatened Stoke City. It was their first league win since mid-December and, coincidentally, has been the team’s only victory since.

Eustace has taken charge of nine games so far and has failed to guide Rovers to a single win which has left the side just three points above the relegation zone with some tough fixtures on the horizon.

EFL pundit and former Leeds United man David Prutton believes that Blackburn are destined to lose once more this week when Ipswich Town come to Ewood Park. Writing in his predictions column for Sky Sports, Prutton has called a 2-0 win for the visitors:

“Blackburn can’t buy a win, even with John Eustace in charge, and they are sailing far closer to the bottom three than they would look. It is so close down there, but they head into Good Friday just three points off the relegation zone. And so much can change so quickly this weekend.

“Ipswich bounced back superbly to trounce Sheffield Wednesday before the international break, firmly putting to bed any fears that they would wilt after that late shock at Cardiff. I can’t see how they don’t win at Ewood Park if I’m honest.”

Writer’s View

It’s squeaky bum time for Blackburn Rovers right now which isn’t helped by the fact that they have arguably the toughest run-in of any team in the Championship. Nonetheless, Opta’s latest projections have placed Rovers’ chance of relegation at just 15.5%.

Eustace’s men need to start getting some wins on the board if they are to prove to themselves and the supporters that they are too good to go down. A win over title-hopefuls Ipswich Town this weekend would be a great place to start.

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