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2 Blackburn weaknesses Leeds must look to expose this weekend

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Leeds United are still flying high in the Championship, sitting level on points with second-placed Preston and just two points below summit-topping West Bromwich Albion.

Marcelo Bielsa is doing a fine job with his side, and last weekend his team comfortably got the better of Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road, despite again missing numerous chances to add to their lead.

Tony Mowbray has found life much tougher than Bielsa this season though, with his Blackburn side languishing in the bottom half and missing several key players.

Despite picking up a vital win last time out against Sheffield Wednesday, there are without doubt still several areas of weakness in Rovers’ side for Leeds to exploit at Elland Road on Saturday.

Here, we look at two of them:

Inexperienced defence

The injury list at Ewood Park is still a massive concern for Tony Mowbray.

Defenders Greg Cunningham and Darragh Lenihan are both out with knee ligament injuries, with Cunningham out for the season and fellow Irishman Lenihan still not close to a return.

Consequently, Mowbray’s side have a very inexperienced and patched-up back four. Ryan Nyambe and Tosin Adarabioyo – just 21 and 22 respectively – are likely to start at the heart of the defence.

Both played well in the win against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, however younger players tend to be more inconsistent in their performance and could be overawed at Elland Road this weekend.

In addition, Elliot Bennett is being forced to fill in at right back as opposed to his preferred right midfield position, so Bielsa has plenty of potentially suspect areas in the Blackburn defence to attack.

Reliance on Dack 

Dack certainly isn’t a weakness; he’s Rovers’ biggest threat by some distance and has already struck six goals this season to make him Mowbray’s top goalscorer.

However, it is Blackburn’s weakness that they can sometimes over rely on his impact in a game.

Yes, Adam Armstrong and Sam Gallagher impact things at the top of the pitch, whilst the midfield can really dictate a game when they get into it.

However, Dack is the link and if Leeds can sit Kalvin Phillips on top of him to nullify his threat, they will have a better chance of picking up three points.

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