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Ayala starts: The predicted Blackburn Rovers XI to face Peterborough on Wednesday evening

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Blackburn Rovers will be looking to remain keep touch with the Championship play-offs places on Wednesday night, when they host Peterborough United at Ewood Park.

Tony Mowbray’s side go into this midweek round of Championship fixtures eighth in the second-tier standings, two points adrift of the play-offs places following their 1-1 draw at Bristol City on Saturday.

Peterborough meanwhile, start the week 22nd in the table, after taking just one points from their last four games.

So what sort of starting lineup could Mowbray name to give his side the best chance of picking up all three points on Wednesday night?

Here, we take a look at who we expect to start for Rovers, when they take on the Posh on Wednesday.

Having used a 4-3-3 formation for much of the season so far, that is the system we expect Mowbray to use again when his side face Peterborough.

Thomas Kaminski will no doubt keep his place in goal, having again produced some stunning saves to help earn Rovers a result at Ashton Gate at the weekend.

In defence, Daniel Ayala was excellent when he returned from injury from the bench at Bristol City on Saturday, and should now re-claim a starting spot alongside captain Darragh Lenihan, although Scott Wharton could feel unlucky to miss out should that happen.

At full-back, Tayo Edun should keep his place on the left of Rovers’ defence, given Harry Pickering wasn’t fit enough to make the matchday squad after a calf injury on Saturday.

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Meanwhile, with Joe Rankin-Costello having recently suffered another setback with a hamstring problem, Ryan Nyambe looks set to start at right-back once more.

In midfield, considering the table suggests this a game Rovers should target for all three points, Joe Rothwell could return to the starting XI to provide more an attacking emphasis than the more defensive Jacob Davenport.

John Buckley can also provide an attacking threat from the centre of the park, with Lewis Travis providing some protection for the back four behind him.

Upfront, Blackburn have been dealt a major blow with the news that on-loan Leeds winger Ian Poveda suffered a fractured fibula and ankle ligament damage in that draw with Bristol City on Saturday.

With Poveda now out, that could see Tyrhys Dolan come back into the starting lineup on the right of the three, with exciting Brighton loanee Reda Khadra able to offer plenty of threat from the left with his pace and trickery.

Sam Gallagher meanwhile could again be a doubt for Blackburn, meaning Ben Brereton, fresh from his 14th league goal of the season at Ashton Gate, ought to once again lead the line for Rovers in this one.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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