Blackburn Preview vs Leeds United

This Saturday will see football return to Ewood Park after the international break.

The visitors are Leeds United, a team with an excellent away record who will be eyeing up those automatic promotion spots.

The game is expected to be the toughest one this season so far, but Rovers will be handed a slight boost after Mowbray spoke on Wednesday regarding Charlie Mulgrew, who came off early for Scotland last week following a suspected hamstring injury. It is thought Charlie will be fit for a return to football after returning to training on Thursday.

Apart from Mulgrew, there are no fresh injury concerns with Tony Mowbray’s squad, meaning a strong team can be expected to play and take the game right to Leeds.

Jacob Davenport, yet to make his competitive debut, will be hoping of breaking into the first team in the coming weeks off the back of injury, but game time with Damien Johnson’s development squad will be needed first.

Predicted lineup:

Raya

Williams Mulgrew Lenihan Bell

Reed Evans

Palmer Dack Bennett

Graham

If, for whatever reason, Mulgrew was not able to return to the squad, Paul Downing or even Jack Rodwell have proven they are more than capable replacements.

Apart from that, I can see no further than this starting eleven. However, Joe Rothwell has been the surprise package for us this season after hardly putting a foot wrong since signing for the blues.

Saturday will also be Elliott Bennett’s 100th appearance for the club, matching the 100% work rate he puts in on the field.

Whilst Leeds are undoubtedly going to be a big test for us, I believe Rovers have what it takes to leave with all three points. If we are able to exploit pace in impact sub Adam Armstrong, I can see Rovers clinching it 2-1.

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