The numbers behind Blackburn Rovers’ first 10 games

With 10 games played and the September international break just around the corner, Rovers journalist Rich Sharpe takes a look at the numbers from the start of the season.

Rovers have five wins and five losses in their first 10 league games.

That gave them a tally of 15 points from a possible 30 as they reach the international break in September.

It is the most wins Rovers have won at this stage of a season since the 2017/18 League One promotion campaign.

However, it is the most defeats since the 2016/17 relegation season, when they lost six of their first 10 matches.

If Rovers continued to score points at their current rate of 1.5 per game, that would give them a total of 69.

That would match last season’s tally, which was the highest in a league season since the 2013/14 season when they managed 70.

At the same stage last season, Rovers had won four, drawn four and lost two to give them 16 points. They had 17 of their next 10 and ultimately finished with 69 points.

In 2020/21 they had 11 points (three wins, two draws, five losses) in their first 10 matches and finished with 57, while in 2019/20 they had 14 points (four wins, two draws, four losses) and finished with 63 points.

In their first season back in the Championship, 2018/19, Rovers had 15 points at this stage (three wins, six draws, one loss) to finish on 60.

Ten games into the League One promotion season, Rovers have collected 19 points, courtesy of six wins, one draw and three losses.

Rovers sit seventh in the table, one spot lower than at the same stage last season, but 10 places higher than in 2020/21, five higher than in 2019/20 and six higher than in 2018/19.

Rovers have four clean sheets in 10 games, double last season at the same stadium. However, their failure to score on four occasions is also double the number of 2021/22.

Comparing their stats with the rest of the league, it largely comes down to whether your glass is half full or half empty.

Five teams in the Championship have so far failed to score in a greater percentage of their matches, but only three teams have kept more clean sheets.

Rovers scored the 10th most goals in the division and conceded 10th. Their 11 goals scored and 13 goals conceded are consistent with their expected goals for and against.

The five games in which they scored first, they won, keeping four clean sheets.

The five games Rovers conceded first, they lost, failing to score on four occasions.

The two disparities are the 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion and the 3-2 loss to Bristol City.

Continuing the clear trends, Rovers have been leading at half-time in the five matches they have won, and trailing at half-time in four of their five defeats.

The anomaly in that stretch was the 2-0 defeat at Luton Town where they were level at half-time but conceded twice after the break.

Slow starts have been another theme that has emerged in recent weeks, and Rovers are one of only two teams not to score in the first 15 minutes of games this season. They are also the worst scorers between minutes 0 and 30, with Ben Brereton’s strike against Blackpool being the only time they managed to score in the first half hour.

Rovers have used 25 players, the sixth-most in the division, and have had seven different scorers so far.

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