Blackburn Rovers will look to end a run of six games without a win in all competitions on Saturday afternoon, when they travel to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday.
That recent run has seen Tony Mowbray’s side slip to 13th in the Championship standings, five points adrift of the play-off places, meaning they will need to start picking up wins again soon if they are to have any hope of securing a top-six spot this season.
Wednesday, however, will go into this one full of confidence after a 2-0 win over Leeds last time out that saw them climb back into those play-off places.
The Owls will also be aiming for revenge, after goals in the 88th and 91st minute from Tosin Adarabioyo and John Buckley secured a 2-1 win for Blackburn when these two met at Ewood Park earlier in the season.
This, therefore, is unlikely to be an easy task for Rovers, and here, we’ve taken a look at the starting lineup Mowbray could name to give his side the best possible chance of returning from Yorkshire with all three points.
Having employed a 4-2-3-1 formation for much of the season so far, we imagine it will be that system that Mowbray elects to start with again on Saturday.
In goal, Brighton loanee Christian Walton ought to feature once again for Rovers, having been an ever-present between the posts so far this season.
Ahead of him, Ryan Nyambe looks to have overcome a hamstring injury that forced him off early in the second half of last week’s draw at home to Preston so he should start at right-back, while Amari’i Bell’s recent run in the side suggests he has nailed down the left-back position for the time being, with Adarabioyo and Darragh Lenihan having seemingly long since established themselves as the club’s first-choice central defensive partnership.
After it revealed this week that Corry Evans is facing a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a fractured skull and shattered eye-socket when he was hit in the face by the foot of Tom Clarke in that meeting with Preston, Lewis Travis looks set to have a new partner in the holding midfield roles on Saturday.
The 21-year-old has endured a difficult year-and-a-half of his own since joining Blackburn back in the summer of 2018, with his only first-team appearance for the club to date coming in a 2-2 draw with Swansea on the final day of last season, although that could now change this weekend.
Further forward, an injury concern around Stewart Downing could give Joe Rothwell another opportunity from the start on the left-hand side, with Lewis Holtby potentially once again taking up the number 10 role in the continued absence of Bradley Dack, while Adam Armstrong will look to continue his impressive recent run of form that has seen him score three goals and provide one assist in his last five appearances.
Upfront, the struggles Sam Gallagher continues to endure – admittedly not always while in his most natural centre forward position – and the rumours of a potential loan move away from Ewood Park for Ben Brereton, mean we feel that Danny Graham should once again be given the chance from the start at Hillsborough.
The veteran striker has dropped to the bench for each of Rovers last three games, despite opening the scoring for Blackburn in a 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield the last time he was handed a start in a match.