Blackburn Rovers kick-off time against Cardiff City, live stream details and first squad news


Cardiff City are back on the road on Saturday afternoon after back-to-back defeats.

The Blackburn Rovers are the next opponents of Mick McCarthy’s men.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Showdown.

What time does Blackburn Rovers kick off against Cardiff City?

The match between the championship rivals will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 25 at Ewood Park.

Is Blackburn Rovers vs. Cardiff City on TV?

No, the game will not be shown on TV due to the 3pm blackout across the UK.

You can, however, follow live updates of the match via our blog which will be available on our Cardiff City page.

What about streaming?

Cardiff City supporters abroad will be able to stream the match live and can purchase a match pass here for £ 10.

As for viewers in the UK, audio passes can be purchased for £ 2.50.

What is the news of the team?

Mick McCarthy has confirmed that Joe Ralls is the only one absent for the trip to Ewood Park.

The manager is hopeful the midfielder will be back in contention for Tuesday’s clash with West Brom at Cardiff City Stadium.

This means Ryan Giles will make a welcome return to the squad following his fight against Covid, which will be a huge boost for the Bluebirds considering how well he has started the season.

Lee Tomlin is out after his groin surgery, while Isaac Vassell continues to get back in shape.

For Blackburn, Tony Mowbray has confirmed that Sam Gallagher is back after missing the last two games. It will be important for them too, given his physical presence.

Joe Rankin-Costello and Bradley Johnson have yet to play for Blackburn this season and Mowbray has also excluded them from this weekend’s clash.

What did the managers say

Tony Mowbray: “If Sam (Gallagher) makes it through training the next day, I would expect him to be back in contention to play.

“He will be important against Cardiff to bring a physique that we might need.

“I think I read that Cardiff has scored 10 of his 11 headed goals so it’s important because he’s physically present in both surfaces.

“It will be a welcome addition to the group if he succeeds.

Mick McCarthy: “It’s another difficult one. There are no easy ones in the championship.

“Tony has a good team there and plays good football and gets good loans.

“They had (Adam) Armstrong last year and now they lost him, but they have a team that shares it.

“(Ben) Brereton-Diaz has also come to the fore. They all know what they’re doing. If they can keep scoring goals, they’ll have a chance around the play-offs.

“We are now at the start of the season, but they are off to a good start.

“We started off pretty well, but it’s three out of four losses, which can’t be called good.

“We have to get a win under our belt.”

READ MORE: Every word from Mick McCarthy ahead of the Blackburn Rovers journey

Who is the referee?

Keith Stroud will whistle the match, supported by Philip Dermott and Sam Lewis. Ross Joyce is the fourth official.

Latest odds

Blackburn Rovers 5/4

9/4 draw

Cardiff 43/20

(Ratings courtesy of Grosvenor and correct at time of posting)

Match the facts

  • Seven of the last 10 league games between Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City have ended in draws, including both appearances from last season.
  • Blackburn’s last five league fixtures between Blackburn and Cardiff at Ewood Park have ended in a draw, with the last two ending scoreless.
  • Blackburn have won five of their last seven home league games (D1 L1), as many victories as in their previous 19 games at Ewood Park before.
  • Cardiff has yet to score a single league goal in the first 45 minutes of the season, with the first of 11 goals coming in the 52nd minute. Indeed, their first eight league goals this season were all leading, which is still double that of any other team so far.
  • Mick McCarthy has lost eight of his last 10 away league games to Blackburn Rovers (W1 D1), his only victory coming in August 2011 in the Premier League with Wolves.


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