MX23RW : Monday, January 21 12:35:01
Jan 1, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Elland Road
LeedsLeeds United
1-2
BlackburnBlackburn Rovers
Smith (53')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Rhodes (13'), Gestede (35')

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
1Leeds UnitedLeeds28166647301754
2Norwich CityNorwich28158552361653
3Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28155846291750
4West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27138655352047
5Middlesbrough281211531201147
6Derby CountyDerby2813784035546
7Bristol City2812883529644
8Hull City28117104135640
9Swansea CitySwansea28117103732540
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn28101083741-440
11Birmingham CityBirmingham2891274033739
12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2891273932739
13Aston Villa2891275145639
14Queens Park RangersQPR28116113439-539
15Stoke CityStoke2891183335-238
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2898113345-1235
17Brentford28810104339434
18Preston North EndPreston2889114345-233
19Millwall2878133444-1029
20Wigan AthleticWigan2885152841-1329
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham28510132746-1925
22Reading2858153143-1223
23Bolton WanderersBolton2757151840-2222
24Ipswich TownIpswich2839162248-2618

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