Sunderland travels to Ewood Park on Tuesday night with their sights set on promotion. They’ll meet a Rovers side who will have the same goals in 2018-19 as it had last season, but missed out by six points.
Both teams will be looking to continue their momentum from the weekend. Sunderland beat Wigan 2-1 at the Stadium of Light, while Blackburn beat Middlesbrough 2-1, and they both moved into the fifth place play-off spot.
The Black Cats have made an impressive start to the championship season by sitting in ninth place after 14 matches.
Tony Mowbray will return to his former employers, where he spent five years in charge before leaving in the summer after his contract expired and signing for Sunderland FC at the end of August.
Mowbray said that Blackburn would be in the top six and they definitely have the capability of having a good season.
Ben Brereton is a vital part of the team and scored the majority of their goals last season. After getting injured in February, he missed 12 matches that were pretty crucial. They have a good balance with some talented young players coming through.
“We have a lot of good players, and we always have the “right spirit” and camaraderie on our team. That’s why we’ll give most teams a good game.”
Due to a suspension, Rovers captain Lewis Travis will miss the match against Middlesbrough this weekend.
It’s been 10 years since the last Premier League match between both clubs. Blackburn Rovers won 2-0 against Leicester City after Junior Hoilett and Yakubu scored goals.