After two defeats from their opening two games, Blackburn Rovers finally got their Championship season up and running on Saturday, with a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at Ewood Park.
In a tight game that saw Rovers enjoy much of the chances in the first half, and Middlesbrough do the same in the second, it was Danny Graham’s 25th-minute penalty against his former club that ultimately sealed the three points for Tony Mowbray’s side.
Rovers will now look to build on that on Tuesday night, when they travel to the KCOM Stadium to take on Hull City.
Grant McCann’s side currently sit tenth in the early Championship standings, having won one, drawn one and lost one of their opening three games of the current league season.
Bradley Dack’s goal gave Blackburn a 1-0 win in this fixture early last season, and a similar result against a dangerous Tigers outfit would surely be welcomed by the Lancashire side again this week.
So who could Mowbray call on in an attempt to get that win?
Here, we’ve taken a look at who we think will line up for Rovers at the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday night.
Having looked both solid in defence and dangerous in attack in that win over Middlesbrough, we can’t see there being all that many changes for Mowbray to make on Tuesday night.
Despite a couple of nervy moments again on Saturday, it looks as though Christian Walton will continue as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper for the time being.
In front of him, Greg Cunningham will surely make it three games in seven days following another impressive performance on his league debut for the club on Saturday.
With Manchester City loanee Tosin Adarabioyo still a doubt due to injury, it looks as though Derrick Williams and Darragh Lenihan will continue as Rovers’ central defensive pair following the clean sheet against Middlesbrough, which brought the club a fifth win in the last seven games the Republic of Ireland duo have linked up at the back.
Having put in arguably his best performance of the season on Saturday, club captain Elliott Bennett should continue at right-back.
In the holding midfield roles, the youth of Lewis Travis and experience of Bradley Johnson continues to look an effective partnership, while Sam Gallagher could continue on the right of the attacking midfield, following his tireless and effective efforts in that position on Saturday.
One position where we could see a change is on the left hand side of that attacking midfield three, with Stewart Downing having already started in that position twice in the last seven days, so 24-year-old Joe Rothwell, who has looked dangerous as a substitute in both those games, could now get his chance from the start.
Up front, Danny Graham surely has to keep his place following his match-winning display against Middlesbrough.
Not only does the veteran’s own finishing ability make him a cause for concern for a number of defences, but his presence on the pitch also seems to bring the very best out of Rovers talisman Bradley Dack, something which made life difficult for Middlesbrough on Saturday, and which Mowbray will likely want to exploit as much as he possibly can.