The Sky Bet Championship makes a welcome return this weekend after the international break and there’s set to be some top games to look out for.
One such fixture, too, is Leeds United’s trip to Blackburn Rovers with Marcelo Bielsa potentially set to welcome back the likes of Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi into the side.
Ahead of their trip to Ewood Park, then, we once again caught up with Tom Bradley – creator of Leeds blog I’d Radebe Leeds – to preview the clash:
No Luke Ayling for this clash – who do you see Bielsa giving the nod?
Thankfully Gaetano Berardi is back, so I think he will slot into right back. Berardi is one of our most reliable squad players and has redeemed himself with a lot of fans after a disappointing campaign last season.
Kemar Roofe is ready to play this weekend – does he come straight back into the side?
I’m a strong believer in keeping players in the side when we’re not losing games. Tyler Roberts is growing in confidence – helped by his exploits with Wales – so I would think Roofe will start on the bench v Blackburn.
Bielsa has already shown that he likes keeping the same side when it’s performing well. We’ve drawn a few recently but Bielsa will keep his confidence in Roberts for the time being, in my opinion.
Blackburn have looked strong this season – especially at home – how do Leeds go about winning this one?
Blackburn have made a great start, especially after winning promotion last season.
They’ve only just lost an unbeaten run at home that stretched to back to 2017, so we need to capitalise on that and inflict their second home defeat in as many games.
We’ll go with the same game plan as the previous fixtures, with a focus on fast, attacking football being the approach.
Ezgjan Alioski looked solid in a left-back role during the game against Brentford – is there any scope for him to play there again this time around?
Alioski has flattered to deceive in certain games this season as a left-sided winger.
Funnily enough, it was one of the first times we got to see him at left-back against Brentford, and he looked really comfortable.
He’s played there before for previous clubs, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he started there to deputise for the injured Barry Douglas.
Blackburn have some real quality in their ranks, especially Bradley Dack. It will be a difficult game to dominate but I’m confident we can win. 2-1 Leeds.