The Britannia isn't as imperious anymore
Tony Pullis will still be reeling from QPR's smash and grab last week, but Blackburn will not offer him any comfort this weekend.
Rovers battled to a last gasp draw last weekend at the DW against Wigan when a 99th minute penalty, earned by Paul Robinson, kept them off the bottom of the table. Cries for Steve Kean to quit or be fired still ring out from the Blackburn faithful but they will be drowned out by the intimating Stoke following.
However, despite never using the Europa League as an excuse for a poor performance, Stoke will have an extended break following the lack of European action this week. The Potters have won the last three meetings against Blackburn and probably more worrying for Steve Kean is the fact that Blackburn have failed to score in 513 minutes against Stoke.
Blackburn may be struggling but their commitment to Premier League survival was epitomised last week when they battled back and were rewarded with a draw against Wigan. Rovers have only gained four points all season away from Ewood Park. Three points here will keep them in the relegation zone, but move them a little closer to the rest of the Premier League.
The hosts are short price favorites at 17/20 and unless their mentality and confidence has picked up midweek they could struggle here. Blackburn at 7/2 seems to be the more tempting option to get their first win in the league since September. The real value seems in the 21/10 draw no bet option, for a safer bet.
The Potters have lost their last four Premier League games; they haven't lost five on the bounce since January 2005, when the fourth in that run was a defeat by QPR, just as this run.
Peter Crouch is a doubt for Stoke and if the gangly striker doesn't start this will be a major blow while Chris Samba and Martin Olsson are also expected to be absentees for the clash. David Dunn will miss the clash due to his red card last weekend.
Blackburn have opened the scoring in their last four Premier League games and Yakubu has scored five goals in his last six starts with the club, he is 15/2 to open the scoring and 9/4 to hit the back of the net at anytime.
Jonathan Walters has scored in four of his last five Premier League matches at the Britannia Stadium, including the last three in a row. The Irish international is 11/2 to score first and 6/4 to hit the net at anytime during the tame.
This game has goals written all over it, Blackburn are the fifth highest scorers away from home and over 3.5 goals at 9/4 looks like value, but if you're feeling adventurous then over 4.5 at 11/2 is a brave shout. Blackburn have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 15 Premier League games.