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Statzone: Doncaster Rovers v Blues

Posted: Thu 03 Apr 2014
Author: WhoScored.com

Statzone: Doncaster Rovers v Blues

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Check out a statistical preview of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship trip to Doncaster Rovers (3pm kick-off).

Ahead of Birmingham City's trip to Doncaster, football statistics website WhoScored.com have previewed the Championship meeting.

Blues have won 7 of their last 13 away games and will be looking to make it 8 from 14 when they travel to the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday. Having attained 26 points on the road this season, a feat only 6 teams in the Championship can better, there's no reason why Blues can't maintain this form against Doncaster.

History is on the Blues' side heading into the fixture, with Birmingham winning 4 of the last 5 league meetings against Rovers, drawing the other 1-1 earlier in the campaign. As such, Blues will be keen to make it 5 wins from 6, no matter how difficult a task that may seem.

While the fans will look to the strikers to find the back of the net, left-back Tyler Blackett is expected to be on hand to provide the goalscoring opportunities for his attack-minded teammates. Blackett arrived from Manchester United on loan in January having previously turned out for fellow Championship side Blackpool and he has gone a long way to making a starting berth his own.

His last two starts against Millwall and Bournemouth have seen Blackett earn WhoScored.com ratings of 7.72 and 7.01 respectively, and he has the ability to continue this impressive run of form against Doncaster. Two statistically calculated WhoScored.com weaknesses of Paul Dickov's side are 'stopping opponents from creating chances' and 'defending against attacks down the wings'.

With Blackett having gained strengths of 'key passes' and 'crossing', the 20-year-old will be able to provide for the Blues attack, with his ability to break forward from deep a sure-fire way of catching the Doncaster defence off guard.

Furthermore, Rovers have developed a style of play of 'attacking down the right', meaning the defensive side of his game is expected to be tested. However, with a strength of Blackett's being 'ball interception', the youngster will be confident of limiting Doncaster's attacks on his side of the pitch.

Doncaster are unbeaten in their last 8 home games in England's second tier, but given Blues' impressive away form, they will enter the match confident that they can come away with all 3 points.

*This article is not the view of Birmingham City Football Club, but WhoScored.com, a unique website specialising in the in-depth analysis of detailed football data. Provided with unique stats, they compile and create comprehensive analysis on the major European divisions, including live match stats and player ratings. Follow @WhoScored and their editorial assistant @BenMcAleer1 on Twitter.

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