Hartberg vs Blackburn Rovers Predictions

Hartberg vs Blackburn Rovers predictions for this friendly pre-season game that will be played on Saturday morning. The Rovers face the Austrian side in their first preparation clash. Read on for all our free betting tips and predictions.

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Hartberg vs Blackburn Rovers Predictions


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An Insightful Preseason Battle

Key Stats
– Blackburn Rovers overcame a two-goal deficit in their last pre-season friendly, showcasing their fighting spirit.
– Hartberg had a challenging 2022-23 Bundesliga season, finishing 10th and narrowly avoiding relegation.
– Blackburn Rovers scored an average of 1.1 goals per game in the 2022-23 Championship season.

As they gear up for the next Championship season, Blackburn Rovers prepare to clash with Austrian outfit, Hartberg, on Saturday. The scheduled two-part confrontation provides an excellent opportunity for the English side to test their mettle against top-flight rivals. Despite missing the playoffs, Blackburn remains a strong contender in the second tier under Jon Dahl Tomasson’s stewardship.

A Fresh Look at Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers face an uphill battle following the departure of their star player, Ben Brereton Diaz, to Villarreal. Despite the gaping void in the front third, the signings of Sondre Tronstad, Arnor Sigurdsson, and Niall Ennis seem promising.

Moreover, Tomasson’s commitment to the team’s development is evident as he has previously promoted academy players, suggesting further signings are likely as Premier League clubs begin loaning out their rising stars.

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In their recent pre-season friendly against Accrington Stanley on July 8, Blackburn played two 60-minute matches. Despite losing the first 1-0, the team drew the second 2-2, showing impressive resilience. Their youthful side, which overcame a two-goal deficit to achieve a respectable draw, demonstrated promising potential.

Hartberg’s Upcoming Challenge

On the Austrian side, Hartberg endured a challenging 2022-23 season in the Bundesliga, barely avoiding relegation after finishing 10th in the first phase. However, their manager, Markus Schopp, formerly of Barnsley, managed to steer his team to just five points short of the Europa Conference League playoffs.

Hartberg’s recent match against Ukrainian team Polissya Zhytomyr ended in a 3-2 defeat, signalling that they are in for a stern test in the upcoming games against Blackburn.

Team Overview

With these matches, both teams have an opportunity to evaluate their players’ current fitness levels and make strategic decisions for the future. For Blackburn, coach Tomasson may opt for a more experienced side for the first game, mirroring his approach against Accrington.

Hartberg’s newly-signed winger Ruben Providence, who made a permanent move from Roma after an impressive loan spell in the 2022-23 season, could be a key player to watch.

Our Predictions
Prediction One: Goals To Come From Both Ends

In terms of match outcome, considering Blackburn Rovers’ strength and their competitive performance in the Championship, they’re expected to win, despite Diaz’s departure. The additional experience from their recent friendly games gives them an edge. Hartberg, on the other hand, faced a challenging previous season and are coming off a defeat in their last game, adding to Blackburn’s favour. With both teams still working on their defensive assets, it is fair to expect goals coming from both ends.

Prediction Two: Correct Score

As for the correct score prediction, Blackburn’s resilient performance in their recent friendly match and their average of 1.1 goals per game in the last season suggests they are capable of putting a couple past the Hartberg defence. In contrast, Hartberg’s 1.2 average goals per game and their poor defensive record (1.8 goals conceded per game in the last season) indicate they might also find the back of the net. Therefore, a 2-1 victory for Blackburn Rovers seems like a decent shout.


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