Date: 4th April 2015 at 8:31am
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Blackburn Rovers prepare for the FA Cup replay against Liverpool on Wednesday evening with a match against Leeds United in The Championship this afternoon.

If it wasn’t for the FA Cup (which is going to be incredibly difficult, if we’re completely honest to go any further anyway) the Rovers season would’ve been over before we exited March and made it into April as our play-off chances officially ended before the International break, however, (realistically) they’d ended some weeks before that effectively!!

We won the match at Ewood Park (in November) earlier in the season 2-1 and do hold an unbeaten record of six matches against Leeds in all competitions, which includes three wins. Only once in the last four meetings at Elland Road have we lost (2-1 in The Premier League in October of 2003) with our last defeat at all against Leeds (at Ewood) coming when we lost 2-1 in April of 2004.

Leeds are on an unbeaten run of five matches, which includes three wins stretching back to the 28th of February (3-2 defeat against Watford) but have won only once at Elland Road in their last three since mid February.

Rovers on the other hand have lost our last two matches in The Championship, however, we’re unbeaten away from home in our last five since the 7th of February (also defeat to Watford, 1-0) but that includes just two wins.

Leeds don’t have too many injury concerns but are likely to be without the injured Lewis Cook after he was injured in an England Under-19 match against Azerbaijan, however, a return from an injury of his own may well see Rudy Austin come in for him. Granddi Ngoyi joined Leeds on loan in January and could have a part to play.

Rovers could include Paul Taylor?? It’ll be a pointless exercise signing the Ipswich Town winger on loan (as we did on Transfer Deadline Day for the emergency loan window) if we don’t use him!! If included he could play his first Championship match of the year as he’s not played since December. Gary Bowyer should have some of the injured players from Marcus Olsson, Josh King, David Dunn and Grant Hanley back, however, he might save those that can return for Liverpool??

It’s basically a “dead rubber” for both sides but the season is still ongoing and those that have paid good money to see this match will want to have something worthwhile to see. In my honest opinion this is a good chance to build up a little confidence ahead of Liverpool on Wednesday night and (even though some might feel otherwise) I think this could influence the outcome of that FA Cup replay??

Rovers don’t want to end the season on a whimper, we went into the International break threatening to do this so we need a reaction and I think we might get this with a narrow 1-0 or 2-1 win!!

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