Rovers will bid to keep up their Championship play-off push when Stoke visit Ewood Park on Wednesday night.

From likely line-ups to key men and the referee, all you need to know can be found below.

Key battle

Nick Powell has found some fitness, and form, under Michael O’Neill and will be one of Stoke’s most creative threats. Lewis Travis has been Rovers’ enforcer of late and will look to keep a close eye on him.

Last meeting

Sam Gallagher came off the bench to help Rovers make it three consecutive wins. Bradley Dack opened the scoring, only for a Corry Evans own goal to level things up. Gallagher’s winner made it back-to-back wins for Rovers in the Potteries.


Darren Bond – Wigan official has shown 88 yellow cards and one red in 25 games this season. Has taken charge of three Rovers games this campaign - a win, a loss and a draw. They are the 2-1 victory at home to QPR last month, the New Year’s Day defeat at Nottingham Forest and the 2-2 draw at home to Huddersfield.

Likely line-ups

Rovers: Christian Walton, Ryan Nyambe, Darragh Lenihan, Tosin Adarabioyo, Amari’i Bell, Lewis Travis, Bradley Johnson, Stewart Downing, Sam Gallagher, Dominic Samuel, Adam Armstrong

Stoke: Jack Butland, Tommy Smith, James Chester, Danny Batth, Bruno Martins-Indi, Jordan Thompson, Joe Allen, Sam Clucas, Tom Ince, Nick Powell, Tyrese Campbell


Rovers are 13/10 to boost their play-off hopes with three points, with the Potters 9/4 to win and improve their chance of beating the drop. The draw is 21/10. Fit-again Sam Gallagher is 5/2 to score at anytime.

Championship fixtures

Fulham v Swansea, Hull v Barnsley, Middlesbrough v Leeds, Millwall v Birmingham, Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton, Reading v Wigan