Blackburn Rovers v Leeds Utd - MATCH THREAD
02 Jul 2020 01:19 pm, by Ellandback1
Blackburn Rovers v Leeds Utd
Saturday 4th June 2020 at 3.00pm | Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire
Leeds have injury concerns regarding captain Liam Cooper and utility player Stuart Dallas for the trip of Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon. Dallas is set to miss out due to a slight hamstring pull, whilst Coopers injury was considered 'nothing more than a kick to the back’ according to Phil Hay. On form Alioski will deputise for the Northern Ireland International whilst Berardi stands by in case Coopers condition worsens. Jean-Kevin Augustins season has come to a premature end. The 23 year old has flown back to Germany after Leeds chose not to renew his contract.
Tony Mobray's Blackburn side have slipped to 10th in the table after back-to-back defeats at Wigan Athletic and Barnsley, denting Rovers play off hopes. They are now five points adrift from a play off place. They will be desperate to try and bag three points on Saturday to keep their play off dreams alive. Rovers will also be without striker Ben Brereton who was sent off in Tuesday night's loss at Barnsley just seven minutes after coming off the bench as a sub.
A win for Leeds will be a massive boost for their promotion chnaces, having only picked up four points in the first three games since the Championship returned. Following the 1-1 draw against lowly Luton midweek, they remain a point ahead of the Baggies who occupy the second play off space and 5 points ahead of in form Brentford who have a +10 better goal difference than the Whites. Brentford face Wigan this afternoon, the Latics players may have extra motivation to get a result given the twelve point deduction heading their way. West Brom will have to wait until tomorrow when then face struggling Hull City.
Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Douglas, Phillips, Klich, Harrison, Alioski, Roberts, Bamford
Subs: Miazek, Berardi, Davis, Struijk, Stevens, Shackleton, Gotts, Poveda, Hernandez