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🔜 Ahead of the game | Royals return to Rovers

A preview of our fixture at Ewood Park

26 October 2020

No time to waste celebrating... preparations for the next game under the Ewood Park floodlights.

It's set to be one of our biggest challenges to date, agaist a Blackburn Rovers side who have made a habit of scoring this season... an impressive 16 to date in their seven games so far.

But with just one conceded by the Royals in that time, they are coming up against the stingiest defence in the Championship too.

So it'll be an intriguing encounter on Tuesday evening, kicking off at 7.45pm.

iFollow

Our game at Ewood Park is available to watch on iFollow - multi-angle cover with BBC Radio Berkshire commentary, with Match Passes available for £10 for subscribers in the UK and Ireland or £7 for those based abroad.

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Make sure you also get hold of the new EFL iFollow app if you want to watch on your iOS or Android device.

Get your iFollow Match Pass (or view other games available) by clicking here.

The opposition

Rovers are quickly shedding the moniker of 'dark horses' by putting together some eye-catching scorelines - instead they're becoming a known force in the division.

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Tony Mowbray's side proved to be flat-track bullies in their 5-0 demolition of Wycombe, a 4-0 victory away at Derby and, most recently, a 4-0 drubbing over Coventry... making them the Championship's high scorers and averaging over two per game.

But they have also lost as many as they have won; Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest have all beaten Rovers already. Cardiff held them to a goalless affair.

Pre-match chat

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Ref watch

David Coote takes charge of this game; just his second Championship game of the season. Other than that one, he has taken charge of three Premier League matches so far as well as a Nations League encounter between Armenia and Estonia.

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He refereed one game for each of Rovers and the Royals last season: a 0-0 draw against Cardiff at Ewood Park, and our 1-0 loss at Brentford.

Running the lines are Nick Hopton and James Mainwaring, and Scott Oldham is the fourth official.

Reminder

A polite reminder to all of our supporters that no unauthorised access at all will be permitted to any of our home or away fixtures while games remain behind closed doors, so supporters must not travel to stadia on matchdays. All supporters have the opportunity to watch via iFollow.

We can’t wait to see you all soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.


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