MX23RW : Thursday, October 18 10:09:13
Jan 1, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Elland Road
LeedsLeeds United
1-2
BlackburnBlackburn Rovers
Smith (53')
McCormack (61'), Austin (65'), Zaliukas (67'), Brown (90')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Rhodes (13'), Gestede (35')
Dann (61')

Preview: Leeds United vs. Blackburn Rovers

Sports Mole previews the Championship clash between playoff-chasing Leeds and Blackburn at Elland Road on New Year's Day.

Leeds United could move into the playoff places with a win over Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road on New Year's Day.

The hosts have only won one of their last five matches but still sit level on points with Ipswich Town, who currently occupy the final playoff spot.

Brian McDermott's side fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest in their last outing but have only dropped four points from their last seven matches at Elland Road, winning five and drawing the last two.

Leeds welcome Scott Wootton back into the squad after injury, leaving Alex Mowatt as their only doubt for Wednesday's match.

Blackburn will also have one eye on a playoff charge in the second half of the season having lost just one of their last five games to rise to 12th in the table.

They could close the gap to the top six to just one point if results go their way on New Year's Day, but they will have to overcome their poor away form that has seen them win just twice on their travels all season.

The most recent of those came in their last away match, however, and Gary Bowyer's side will be boosted by the return of David Dunn in midfield.

The visitors are likely to be without Leon Best and Paul Robinson again, however, while DJ Campbell is expected to start the match on the bench with Jordan Rhodes leading the line alone.

Recent form

Leeds: WDWDDL

Blackburn: LDWWDL

Possible starting lineups

Leeds: Kenny; Pearce, Lees, Zaliukas; Peltier, Murphy, Brown, Austin, Pugh; Smith, McCormack

Blackburn: Eastwood; Henley, Hanley, Dann, Spurr; Taylor, Lowe, Dunn, Marshall; Cairney; Rhodes

Sports Mole says: 2-0

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd128132113825
2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1273231171424
3Leeds UnitedLeeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest124711713419
6Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds125431918119
7Brentford124622014618
8Derby CountyDerby125341513218
9Norwich CityNorwich125341515018
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn124621415-118
11Swansea CitySwansea12453129317
12Wigan AthleticWigan125251416-217
13Bristol City124441614216
14Stoke CityStoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton WanderersBolton124351015-515
17Birmingham CityBirmingham122821312114
18Queens Park RangersQPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston North EndPreston122371824-69
23Ipswich TownIpswich121651118-79
24Hull City122281019-98

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