On Tuesday Reading look to extend their lead at the top of the league as the top scorers Blackburn Rovers host the meanest defence.

Below we look at what you should know about Rovers ahead of the fixture.

Recent Background

The former Premier League champions returned to the Championship in 2018 after one season in the third tier.

Experienced manager Tony Mowbray has since lead the club to two mid-table finishes, but has his sights set on a better year this season.

Once mainstays in the Premier League under the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Mark Hughes and Sam Allardyce; the Lancashire-based side have scored 16 goals in their seven league matches this season as they hope to make a return to the top flight once again.

League Cup winners in 2002, the glory nights of the Champions League in the 1990s are a long way off.

If the side continue averaging two goals a game over the rest of the season, a return to the Premier League could be back quicker than many expected.

Key Players

An exciting squad, former Middlesbrough and Celtic manager has a good blend of youth and experience at Ewood Park.

In goal they have the choice between former Belgium youth international Thomas Kaminski and Middlesbrough academy graduate Aynsley Pears.

The defence is full of Championship minutes, with the likes of Daniel Ayala, Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams in the middle flanked by two-time promotion winner Barry Douglas and the rapid Ryan Nyambe.

The midfield is packed with quality such as Bradley Dack, Lewis Travis and Lewis Holtby.

Highly-rated 17 year- old Harvey Elliott joins the squad in search for regular game time, and has already notched his first goal in blue and white.

However so far this season it is the forward line grabbing the headlines at Ewood Park, with former Newcastle United academy graduate scoring seven goals so far this season. He is supported by big money signings Ben Brereton and Sam Gallagher.


The sides have met 23 times overall, with the first meeting being a 2-1 defeat in 1913.

The most famous meeting between the sides was in 2007, the final game of the Royals’ debut top-flight season.

An enthralling 3-3 draw meant that Steve Coppell’s side missed out on a place in the UEFA Cup by just one point.

Last season Blackburn did the double over Reading, a 2-1 win at the Madejski in August and a thrilling 4-3 in July.

Reading last beat Blackburn in February 2019, a 2-1 win with Nelson Oliveira scoring a last minute winner.


According to Sky Bet, Reading are 19/20 for the win, a draw is 5/2 and a Blackburn win at 11/4.