Date: 20 October 2018
Time: 12.00 BST, 2.45 PM EDT, 3.45 PM ART
Venue: Ewood Park
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All-time Record: Leeds United v Blackburn 44W 23D 31L
Previous Result: Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Leeds United, 1 February 2017
Leeds will travel over the Pennines to take on Blackburn at Ewood Park in tomorrow’s noon-time fixture in the Championship.
Leeds will be without both of their first-choice fullbacks, with Barry Douglas still out with an injury and Luke Ayling will miss out through suspension because of the red card he received against Brentford. Manchester City loanee Jack Harrison is also out through injury, but at least some reinforcements appear to be healthy.
Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe, and Gaetano Berardi are all fit and ready to go. Roofe will likely slot back into the starting XI, as will Hernandez. Berardi will most likely be used in the lineup, as he could easily take Ayling’s place at right fullback, or he could also slide over to replace Barry Douglas with Stuart Dallas playing the other fullback spot. Marcelo Bielsa could also slide Gjanni Alioski back to left back and try and shoe-horn Roofe and Roberts both into the starting XI, but with both players at their best when playing a striker, that might not happen.
Blackburn had started the season brightly, but have fallen back a bit. They currently sit in 10th place on 18 points, one points out of the playoff spots and behind Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest, who are both on 19 points. Blackburn is level on points with three other teams, all ahead of them on goal difference. Brentford, Norwich City, and Derby County all sit on 18 points as well.
The last time Leeds traveled to Blackburn, Garry Monk was still in charge of Leeds and the team was flying high in the playoff spots, with had a chance to grab one of the automatic promotion spots. Of course, that season ended all in tears for both Leeds and Blackburn, as Leeds limped out of the playoffs while Blackburn were relegated to League One.
Blackburn, however, made a brief pit-stop in League One before coming back up last season, and they have been one of the surprise teams so far in the Championship. The Rovers finished second overall to Wigan Athletic by only two points, and they were also nine points ahead of Shrewsbury in 3rd place. Along with Wigan, they were promoted back into the Championship with Rotherham United, as the three relegated teams from the 2016-17 Championship season went right back up.
Blackburn will serve a tough test for Leeds on the road, as they are in pretty good form, while Leeds will be hoping that the return of some of the players that saw them take the league by storm in August will help them get back to winning matches, instead of sharing the points with their rivals.