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Oct 27, 2020 at 7.45pm UK at Ewood Park
BlackburnBlackburn Rovers
2-4
ReadingReading
Armstrong (3', 66')
Holtby (5'), Trybull (20')
FT(HT: 1-3)
Meite (1'), Olise (15'), Laurent (18'), Joao (83')
Cabral (76'), Joao (79')

Preview: Blackburn Rovers vs. Reading - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Championship fixture between Blackburn Rovers and Reading, including predictions, team news and lineups.

Blackburn Rovers welcome league-leaders Reading to Ewood Park on Tuesday as both teams look to build on Saturday's resounding victories.

The Royals were able to see off Rotherham United 3-0, while Rovers dismantled a depleted Coventry City side to win 4-0 away from home, bouncing back from two consecutive defeats.


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Adam Armstrong celebrates scoring for Blackburn Rovers on September 19, 2020© Reuters

Tony Mowbray's men put in a convincing display against Coventry City on Saturday as they looked to stay in touch with the playoff places, with Adam Armstrong netting twice to down the Sky Blues.

City's Michael Rose was shown a straight red card after bringing down Ben Brereton in the penalty area in the 14th minute and from that moment, it looked to be a long afternoon ahead for Mark Robins's men.

Armstrong - now with seven league goals so far this season - has been a big positive for Rovers and his brace on Saturday makes him the league's joint-top goalscorer, level with Brentford's Ivan Toney.

Blackburn are also the league's top scorers with 16 goals in their opening seven games, and with the addition of Liverpool loanee Harvey Elliott Rovers look to be building a potent strike force.

Reading's Yakou Meite celebrates scoring against Rotherham United in the Championship on October 24, 2020© Reuters

From Reading's perspective, they will be quietly pleased with their win over Rotherham, despite Veljko Paunovic stating that his side are still not at their best.

Two goals from Yakou Meite and a late penalty from substitute Lucas Joao were enough to overcome Rotherham, despite the visitors looking the stronger side throughout.

This won't concern Reading, however, as they now have six wins from seven, with Middlesbrough the only team to take a point from the Royals.

Reading will once again look to their strong defensive unit, who have conceded a league-low total of one goal this season, to nullify a free-flowing Rovers attack.

Blackburn Rovers Championship form: LWWDLL

Reading Championship form: WWWDWW


Team News

Reading's George Puscas in action with Watford's James Garner in the Championship on October 3, 2020© Reuters

Mowbray, who was delighted with Harvey Elliott's contributions on Saturday, will likely hand him his second start since joining the club.

Thomas Kaminski will have to be assessed after suffering an injury later on in the victory against Coventry. If he is deemed unfit, new signing Aynsley Pears will be set for his first appearance for the club.

Despite scoring the winner for Reading against Wycombe last week, Lucas Joao had to settle for a place on the bench having been replaced by George Puscas, and Paunovic will have to decide whether to recall the Portuguese forward, due to Puscas's blank.

Aside from tinkering with his front line, Paunovic is likely to name an unchanged lineup.

Blackburn Rovers possible starting lineup:
Kaminski; Nyambe, Lenihan, Williams, Bell; Trybull, Holtby, Johnson; Elliott, Armstrong, Brereton

Reading possible starting lineup:
Rafael; Esteves, Morrison, Moore, Richards; Laurent, Rinomhota; Meite, Olise, Ejaria; Joao


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We say: Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Reading

As the league's top scorers welcome the division's strongest defence, this one could easily see both teams cancel each other out. That said, we are backing Mowbray's men - inspired by recent addition Harvey Elliott - to come out on top and end Reading's unbeaten run.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich148421811728
2Bournemouth1476123131027
3Swansea CitySwansea14752168826
4Reading148242318526
5Bristol City147341714324
6Brentford146532013723
7Watford136521811723
8Stoke CityStoke146442118322
9Blackburn RoversBlackburn1463527161121
10Middlesbrough13562148621
11Millwall144821210220
12Luton TownLuton145451117-619
13Huddersfield TownHuddersfield145361819-118
14Cardiff CityCardiff144551713417
15Queens Park RangersQPR144551620-417
16Barnsley144461516-116
17Birmingham CityBirmingham143741012-216
18Preston North EndPreston145181721-416
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham143471418-413
20Coventry CityCoventry143471424-1013
21Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest14338917-812
22Wycombe WanderersWycombe14248720-1310
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds14356712-58
24Derby CountyDerby14149621-157

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