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Match pack: Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa

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Match pack: Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa

Game details

Game: Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa
Date: Saturday 15th September 2018
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Ewood Park
Kick-off: 5.30pm


At a glance

Aston Villa travel to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday looking to return to winning ways after their first league defeat of the season at Sheffield United last time out.

Rovers have made an almost identical start to their campaign – winning two, drawing three and losing one.

The game is our fourth being televised this term, with the action getting under way at 5.30pm on Sky Sports.


Team news

Tammy Abraham is line to make his Villa debut from the start.

The young forward joined on loan deadline day a fortnight ago and has been in goalscoring form for England U21s in the time since.

Yannick Bolasie, although fit, is not expected to start and could make his first appearance from the bench.

Jonathan Kodjia, John McGinn, Jack Grealish and Alan Hutton are all ready and available after suffering knocks in the build-up to Sheffield United last time around.

Scott Hogan continues to train and make his comeback, but hasn't travelled. Keinan Davis remains sidelined for the time being.


Ways to watch

There are several ways to watch our latest Sky Bet Championship match at Blackburn Rovers (5.30pm kick-off) this Saturday.

Video coverage of the game will be available to AVTV Live International Plus subscribers.

The game is also being shown live on Sky Sports from 5.15pm UK time, meaning regular international subscribers and UK subscribers will only have audio options available to them.

AVTV Live International Plus subscriptions – available in the below countries – allow video streaming of all 46 of our Sky Bet Championship games this season.

AVTV International countries 1819

Audio coverage is available to everyone as normal, including in the UK, Ireland and Channel Isles.

Click here for a full breakdown of the new AVTV Live packages.

Extended highlights will be available on our Official YouTube channel from 12pm on Sunday 16th September.


The manager

Steve Bruce 

"I've got a lot of respect for Tony Mowbray. He's acquired well over the years.

"He took on the job in difficult circumstances, and then got them promoted last season.

"They're now kicking on and are confident. It'll be a tough game, that's for sure.

"The one thing you want as a manager is another game to come around quickly when you play badly.

"So to wait two weeks has been disappointing and frustrating. But it also gives you a chance to dust yourself down and get ready.

"We'll get ready for a big week ahead. The great thing is there's always the next match."



We've sold 4,000 tickets in the away end at Ewood Park.

There will be availability at the stadium on Saturday for those wishing to make the late trip to Lancashire.

Important travel notice

Due to strikes, trains will run from Birmingham to Preston, but NOT Preston to Blackburn. There are NO replacement bus services.

Blackburn Rovers have issued the following advice:

  • A taxi from Preston to Blackburn is likely to be around £25 (each way).
  • There is a local bus service from Preston to Blackburn. Click here for details.
  • If fans use the 59 service to Blackburn Town Centre, they can then: Walk 20 minutes to stadium, take a taxi (approximately £5) or catch the Number 1 bus to Bolton stops at Ewood on the way.
Dan Connor
By @danconnor 14th September 2018