Preview: Blackburn Rovers vs. Leeds United

Preview: Blackburn vs. Leeds
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Sports Mole previews Leeds United's trip to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers.

Blackburn Rovers manager Michael Appleton will be hoping for a response after witnessing his side lose 2-0 to Hull City in midweek.

That defeat was on the back of their stunning triumph over Arsenal in the FA Cup last weekend and Appleton could decide to shuffle his pack against Leeds.

David Bentley could be handed his first start since returning to Ewood Park on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, while DJ Campbell could replace Colin Kazim-Richards.

There has been calls from a large section of Leeds United supporters for the dismissal of manager Neil Warnock.

However, the pressure eased on the former Queens Park Rangers boss after Leeds recorded a 2-0 win over Blackpool on Wednesday night.

That result took Leeds to within six points of the Championship playoffs and barring any late injury issues, Warnock is likely to make no changes to his side.

Recent form

Blackburn Rovers: WWWDWL

Leeds United: WLDLLW

Possible starting lineups

Blackburn Rovers: Kean; Orr, Mn.Olsson, Dann, G.Hanley; Bentley, Lowe, Murphy, Williamson; Rhodes, Campbell

Leeds United: Kenny; Peltier, Lees, Warnock, Byram; Green, Varney, Tonge, Norris; Morison, McCormack

Sports Mole says: 3-1

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