Date: 26 December 2018
Time: 15.00 BST, 10.00 AM EDT, 12.00 ART
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds, England
Television: Sky Sports Red Button
Streaming: LUTV, iFollow,
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All-time Record: Leeds v Blackburn: 44W 23D 33L
Reverse Fixture: 20 October 2018 Blackburn 2-1 Leeds.
Leeds will look to get revenge on one of the only three teams to beat them in the league this season as they take on Blackburn at Elland Road on Boxing Day.
For all of the fear of “burnout” of the team due to Marcelo Bielsa’s rotation policy, it appears that the team is still in great shape, able to play through a tough match away from home, wear down their opponents and get a winner in stoppage time on the road. Of course, there have been many an English team that has dropped a number of points during the holiday season because of playing too many games in such a short amount of time.
It appears that Patrick Bamford might be available for the match against Blackburn, which is good news, although with the way that Kemar Roofe has been playing, that might not be an issue. Roofe’s last minute winner against Aston Villa was spectacular, so he will almost certainly get the start once again.
Hopefully whatever sickness bug that kept Barry Douglas off the pitch against Villa has run its course, so Leeds will have some semblance of a fully fit backline, although Leif Davis filled in pretty well at left back when he was called on. With Luke Ayling back, Leeds have one of the best fullback pairings in the Championship.
Pontus Jansson is currently playing some of the best football of his career, and he once again showed just how dominant he can be against Villa, winning a ton of headers and leading from the back with a teenager at left back and Kalvin Phillips, a midfielder, as his partner in defence. He even scored a goal from a corner kick, as was probably the man of the match against Villa.
If Jansson able to keep up this form, then Blackburn will probably not get two set piece goals this time around and Leeds should be looking to pick up another three points and stay on top of the table.