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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
12:30 30th November 2016
By  Liam Sephton

MATCH PREVIEW: BLACKBURN ROVERS (A)

Huddersfield Town travels to Ewood Park on Saturday to face Blackburn Rovers in a 3pm kick-off looking to get back to winning ways.

Wagner and his side will aim to turn the dominance in possession that his side has enjoyed against both Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic – over 70% in both fixtures – into a positive result against a resurgent Rovers side.

THE OPPOSITION

Owen Coyle was appointed the new Manager of Blackburn Rovers in the summer and it’s been a tough start to the Sky Bet Championship campaign for the former Premier League winners.

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However, back-to-back victories have seen Coyle’s men rise out of the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s encounter; impressive wins at home to Brentford and away at league leaders Newcastle United.

Rovers come into this weekend with 19 points from the first 18 games, which puts them 20th in the table. The home record is mixed, with three wins, three draws and three losses at Ewood Park.

BLACKBURN: PLAYERS TO WATCH

Sam Gallagher (pictured below) already has seven Championship goals to his name this season. On loan from top flight side Southampton, the England Under-20 striker has been one of the standout performers so far at Blackburn. Last month Coyle expressed an interest in signing Gallagher on a permanent basis.

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Winger Craig Conway joined Rovers for £100,000 from Cardiff City in 2014. The 31 year-old was rewarded with the captain’s armband in last month’s goalless encounter with Ipswich Town.

Speaking about the Scotsman leading the team out against Ipswich, Coyle said: “It is a great honour [for him to be Captain] because he has earned it. He's a terrific role model for everybody at the Club.”

BLACKBURN: SIGNINGS

Rovers have five players on loan from Premier League sides; Marvin Emnes, Sam Gallagher, Stephen Hendrie, Jack Byrne, and Tommie Hoban.

Along with Gallagher, Emnes has made a big impact for Blackburn since joining from Swansea until January and scored his first goal of the season in a 2-1 win over Leeds United at Elland Road. The Dutchman first made his name in English football at Middlesbrough.

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Blackburn Rovers’ previous league line-up (4-4-2)

GK Jason Steele

DL Derrick Williams
DC Charlie Mulgrew (pictured above)
DC Darragh Lenihan
DR Ben Marshall

ML Craig Conway
MC Jason Lowe
MC Corry Evans
MR Liam Feeney

S Sam Gallagher
S Danny Graham

BLACKBURN: TEAM NEWS

Gordon Greer (leg) and Danny Guthrie (knock) could return to the Rovers squad following injuries, however former Terriers loanee Elliott Ward (ankle), Tommie Hoban (shoulder) and Adam Henley (hamstring) are all still out for the near future.

TOWN: TEAM NEWS

Jack Payne’s availability is unknown after he missed the last two matches with a knee injury.

Winger Joe Lolley remains on the sidelines and is only expected to be back to full fitness in January.

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Sean Scannell and Mark Hudson both went off injured in the first half of Monday’s defeat to Wigan Athletic and are unlikely to feature, whilst Tommy Smith is suspended following his fifth yellow card of the campaign.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Town has won only one of their last 12 against Blackburn, but that came earlier this year courtesy of a Nahki Wells volley and an own goal at Ewood Park in April – moving Huddersfield above their opponents in the league table at the time.



TICKETS

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