Stoke v Blackburn preview
Last Updated: 21/09/18 11:33am
Stoke boss Gary Rowett is set to have the same group of players to choose from for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Blackburn at the bet365 Stadium as he did last time out.
Erik Pieters felt a twinge in his hamstring during Tuesday's 1-0 home win over Swansea but it is expected that he will be available. James McClean and Sam Clucas are continuing their recoveries from a broken arm and knee surgery respectively.
Blackburn captain Charlie Mulgrew is poised to return to action after missing the 0-0 draw at Derby on Tuesday because of illness. Jacob Davenport, yet to make his competitive debut for the club having picked up a hip problem in pre-season, is nearing first-team involvement but it looks unlikely that will come this weekend.
Jack Rodwell continued to build up his match fitness on Monday as he played for the Under-23s against Arsenal. Dominic Samuel and Ben Gladwin (both knee) are still sidelined.
Stoke have won their last five league matches against Blackburn, though this is their first meeting since January 2012.
Outside the top-flight, Stoke and Blackburn haven't met since April 1990 in the second tier, with Rovers winning 1-0 at the Victoria Ground.
Stoke have won their last two home league games, last winning three in a row back in April 2014 (a run of four).
75% of Blackburn's eight league goals this season have been scored by either Charlie Mulgrew or Bradley Dack (3 each).
In all competitions, Stoke's Peter Crouch has scored in each of his last six starts against Blackburn, scoring eight goals in those games.
Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray has managed six league matches against Stoke, drawing one and losing five, all with West Brom between November 2006 and April 2009.
David Prutton predicts: 2-2 (14/1 with Sky Bet)