Blackburn Preview vs QPR (H)

This Saturday Rovers will return to fortress Ewood when they take on 10th placed Queens Park Rangers.

Once again, the Rovers will hopefully be approaching the game full of confidence after holding West Brom to a draw at the Hawthorns last week, despite playing the last 15 minutes with midfielder Richie Smallwood as our goalkeeper.

However, that does mean that our number one goalkeeper, David Raya, is going to be unavailable and likely a long absentee following his horrific facial injury sustained against the Baggies.

Also, it is still unknown whether skipper Charlie Mulgrew will be fully fit for the game, after picking up a slight knock last weekend.

Predicted line-up:

Leutwiler

Williams Mulgrew Lenihan Bell

Reed Smallwood

Armstrong Dack Bennett

Graham

With Raya certainly unavailable, the silver lining is that there is a chance for Canadian international Jayson Leutwiler to make a name for himself, after scarcely being used since his arrival a year ago.

Danny Graham started on the bench last time out, likely due to fitness levels at the end of a three game week. Saying that, It will have been a full weeks rest for him come Saturday which is more than enough time for the striker to recover and hopefully return to form.

Prediction:

QPR have surprised many this season, sitting in 10th place when before the campaign a relegation battle was expected.

However, Rovers have an impeccable home record which I think will be able to see the home side pick up three points, with a 2-1 victory.

Picture Credit: Blackburn Rovers

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