Jan 25, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Ewood Park
BlackburnBlackburn Rovers
DerbyDerby County
Gestede (47')
Marshall (21')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Bamford (84')
Ward (45'), Bryson (88')

Preview: Blackburn Rovers vs. Derby County

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer prior to kick-off against Man City in their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013
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Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship clash between two playoff-chasing sides as Blackburn host Derby at Ewood Park.

Blackburn Rovers will be looking to return to winning ways when they host high-flying Derby County at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Blackburn saw their playoff hopes take a blow last weekend courtesy of a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest, a result that leaves them four points behind sixth-placed Reading.

That also made it nine goals conceded in their last two matches having also been beaten 5-0 by Manchester City in the FA Cup last Wednesday.

Gary Bowyer's side have lost just three times at home all season, and only one of those defeats have come in their last seven matches at Ewood Park.

Jordan Rhodes is expected to make his return to the starting lineup having been left on the bench for the last two games, but Leon Best remains a doubt for the hosts.

Derby, meanwhile, picked up points for the first time in 2014 courtesy of a narrow 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.

Having ended 2013 in fine form, the Rams lost their first three games this year before beating Brighton to solidify their place in the playoff spots.

They now sit five points behind second-placed Queens Park Rangers and would close the gap to the automatic promotion spots to just two with a win on Saturday as neither Burnley or QPR are in Championship action.

Steve McClaren's side were beaten 4-1 by Leicester City in the last match on their travels, but they still boast the best away record in the league this season, picking up 26 points compared to the 21 in front of their own fans.

The visitors could remain unchanged for the match, and they will definitely be without Paul Coutts through injury, while Johnny Russell is also a doubt.

Recent form

Blackburn: LWDWLL


Possible starting lineups

Blackburn: Robinson; Henley, Hanley, Dann, Spurr; Williamson, Lowe, Cairney, Marshall; Gestede, Rhodes

Derby: Grant; Wisdom, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth; Hughes, Eustace, Bryson; Dawkins, Martin, Ward

Sports Mole says: 1-1

Forest boss Billy Davies during the match against Watford on August 25, 2013
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