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24 y/o in: The Blackburn Rovers XI we expect Mowbray to select against Swansea City

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Blackburn Rovers picked up their fourth consecutive Championship victory on Saturday as Adam Armstrong’s goal gave them a 1-0 win against Derby County.

After an underwhelming start to the 2019/20 campaign, Tony Mowbray’s side have forced themselves into contention for the top six – sitting two points behind sixth-place Sheffield Wednesday in 10th.

They now face a trip to the Liberty Stadium to face a Swansea City side that have been moving in the opposite direction in the Championship.

Steve Cooper’s men are without a win in their last six matches and were hammered 5-1 by league leaders West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

The two sides are one place apart, equal on points and goal difference, with Blackburn having found the net twice more than the Swans this season.

The hosts will no doubt be determined to get back to winning ways, while Rovers will be hoping to make it five wins on the bounce.

With that in mind, here is the starting XI that we expect Mowbray to field against Swansea tomorrow evening.

Speaking in a press conference today, Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph that they would be taking an extended squad to Swansea and staying in Wales for a few days after the game before heading to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City on Saturday.

It is understood that included in that squad will be 20-year-old Joe Rankin-Costello, though Mowbray has indicated he’s unsure whether he will see any minutes.

Christian Walton has been number one since arriving on loan from Brighton in the summer and has been an important player in their recent upturn in form, particularly in the victories against Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Brentford.

He looks certain to reprise that role behind a backline that seems likely to be unchanged from the victory on Saturday. That will likely include Stewart Downing who has been an impressing fill-in left-back for the last few weeks, while it has been confirmed that Derrick Williams is not fit enough to return.

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Ahead of them, the midfield duo of Corry Evans and Lewis Travis controlled the game against Derby and Mowbray will be hoping they can do the same against a Swansea side that looked very weak in the centre of the park against the Baggies.

Adam Armstrong scored his fourth Championship goal of the season against the Rams and will likely remain in the side high on confidence, in an attacking midfield three alongside Bradley Dack and Joe Rothwell.

Danny Graham has started the last few games upfront for Rovers but with the side facing the second of three games inside a week, you feel Mowbray may look to freshen things up and bring in Sam Gallagher in his place.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

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