Nothing says Christmas like the Boxing Day football schedule.
After fans across the country were forced to watch from the comfort of their homes last year, the threat of game postponements looms this season, with Premier League and Football League games being called off in light of ” an increase in Covid-19 cases.
The Blackburn Rovers’ encounter with Hull City remains one of the few league games to come through and Tony Mowbray’s side will be eager to extend their remarkable form.
A five-game winning streak in the league has propelled Rovers into the promotion image and while no opposition in this division can be considered an “easy opponent,” their coming streak is favorable in light of their recent series.
First, a Hull outfit that has apparently been engaged in recent weeks. While their underlying data in the early stages of the campaign looked good, the Tigers struggled to deliver the corresponding results, but they eventually got the wins their performances deserved in November and December, launching into a streak. of four consecutive victories.
It’s a run of results that gave them a little buffer in relegation and the Rovers face a tougher competition than that of September, where the introduction of Reda Khadra and Dan Butterworth inspired Mowbray’s men to a 2-0 victory, their fifth consecutive win over Hull.
But while the Rovers have a strong record against the Tigers in previous meetings, their Boxing Day results list leaves a lot to be desired.
In the past 11 years, the Rovers have won just one of their ten Boxing Day games, drawing four and losing five.
Their only victory in the past decade came against Rochdale in the Rovers League One promotional campaign, when a home goal from Kgosi Ntlhe and a penalty from Charlie Mulgrew saw Tony Mowbray’s side win. win three back-to-back home victories.
Aside from this victory, there was little to applaud on the second day of Christmastide.
In the Championship, the Rovers have lost four of their seven Boxing Day games, including the last Kemar Roofe show where Rovers collapsed into the dying embers at Elland Road to lose 3-2 to Leeds United.
In the Premier League, the Rovers’ last two Boxing Day encounters have been mixed as Rovers left Anfield with a point in 2011 thanks to a home side goal of Charlie Adam. The year before, they had been beaten 2-0 by Stoke City at Ewood.
They have played against Sheffield twice on Boxing Day on Wednesday in the past decade, with the pair playing a 0-0 draw in 2013 before a divine individual goal from Joe Rothwell won a point last season.
While Hull was not likely to concede on the counter, they are clearly weak on set pieces and given Rovers’ improved attacking effectiveness in dead ball situations, this team has the ingredients for it. ban their Boxing Day blues.
Blackburn Rovers Boxing Day results since 2010
2010: 0-2 loss to Stoke City (H)
2011: 1-1 draw against Liverpool (A)
2012: 0-1 loss to Middlesbrough (A)
2013: draw 0-0 against Sheffield Wednesday (H)
2014: Lost 1-2 against Bolton Wanderers (A)
2015: postponed against Middlesbrough
2016: 0-2 loss to Barnsley (H)
2017: Won 2-0 against Rochdale (H)
2018: 2-3 defeats against Leeds United (A)
2019: 1-1 draw against Birmingham (H)
2020: 1-1 draw against Sheffield on Wednesday (H)
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