Swansea City begin their 2021/22 Championship season at Blackburn Rovers today.
Here’s everything you need to know about the match at Ewood Park.
What time is Blackburn v Swansea kick-off?
The game kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, August 7.
What TV channel is Blackburn v Swansea on?
The fixture will only be screened live on SwansTV in dark market areas.
It comes after the EFL confirmed a return to the 2:45pm – 5:15pm Saturday broadcasting blackout rule that existed prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
You can follow live updates from Lancashire via our match blog which will be available on our Swansea City page.
What’s the latest team news?
Joe Rankin-Costello, Bradley Johnson, Bradley Dack and Scott Wharton will all be unavailable for Rovers due to injury.
Swansea are continuing to assess Matt Grimes and Liam Walsh.
Captain Grimes missed the friendlies against Southampton and Forest Green Rovers with what was described as a minor knock while Walsh was withdrawn against the Saints due to a slight hamstring issue.
The visitors will be without Connor Roberts who is continuing to recover from a groin injury while Jay Fulton is suspended as a result of the red card he received in the play-off final loss to Brentford at Wembley in May.
New signing Jamie Paterson is eligible to feature after joining the club on Friday.
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What have the managers said?
Tony Mowbray: “Our performance level at home has been pretty good over recent seasons, but I know that supporters, whether they’re cheering or moaning, supporters drive the emotion of every team.
“It’s much better if they’re cheering but a fanbase who aren’t happy can drive a side on, it can knock confidence levels of course, but I think fans in general in all stadiums around the country will be great to have them back.
“As with every season there will be winners and losers and we’re in a professional environment and have to deal with that, we have to try and win football matches and that’s what we’ll be doing, starting on Saturday.”
Russell Martin: “I hope you see a performance that shows the foundations of what we’re going to try to bring.
“It’s not ideal the length of time we’ve had. We’ll have had five days of work. But they’ve been so receptive, and it gives us a lot of hope that we can put out a team that shows the foundations of what it’s going to look like moving forward.
“The players will be really clear on what’s expected of them on Saturday by the time kick-off comes, individually and collectively. Hopefully people will see it take shape and improve week on week.”
What are the latest betting odds?
Blackburn Rovers win – 23/20
Draw – 11/5
Swansea City win – 13/5
(Odds courtesy of Sky Bet, correct at time of publishing)
Who is the referee?
David Webb will take charge of proceedings in Lancashire.
The County Durham official was the man in the middle for the 2-1 win at Stoke City last season along with the goalless draw at home to Reading.
He will be assisted by Matthew Mcgrath and Geoffrey Liddle, while Ross Joyce is the fourth official.
- Blackburn are winless in their last seven league games against Swansea (D4 L3) since a 4-2 win in the Premier League in December 2011, with Yakubu scoring all four goals in that victory.
- Swansea City have won just one of their 20 away league matches against Blackburn Rovers (D5 L14), although the last three meetings at Ewood Park have all ended as draws.
- Blackburn Rovers haven’t won their first league match of the season in any of the last 10 seasons (D4 L6) since beating Everton in the 2010-11 Premier League campaign. Only Stoke City (11) are on a longer run without a win in their first league match of the season than Blackburn.
- Swansea have won their opening league match of the season in each of the last three campaigns, last winning their first league match in four consecutive seasons between 1995-96 and 1998-99.
- The previous season’s losing Championship play-off finalists have only lost their opening league match of the following season in two of the last 13 seasons (W7 D4), although Brentford lost 1-0 to Birmingham City last season.