Blackburn Rovers host Cardiff City in front of the Sky Cameras this evening, as they kick off their Championship campaign.
Rovers will be looking to improve on last season’s eighth placed finish, in what was a real improvement to the previous campaign, with Blackburn missing out on the play-off’s by a point.
Both sides certainly have pre season expectations of promotion, with Rovers missing out on the play-off’s, and Cardiff City coming down from the Premier League following relegation in May.
Gary Bowyer’s side head into the game following a summer of change at Ewood Park, with Alex Baptiste, Chris Brown and Luke Varney all joining the club.
And Bowyer will be keen to see his side continue their good run of the previous season, with Blackburn going 12 games without defeat to make that play-off surge towards the back end.
So much so, Blackburn should have a fully fit squad to chose from, as many of the squad have recovered from a sickness bug which swept the camp last week.
Chris Brown and Alex Baptiste are both likely to make their full début’s after signing in the summer.
Blackburn will be looking to Jordan Rhodes to provide the goods, with the striker enjoying another fine campaign last season, netting 25 League goals for the club.
Focusing on Cardiff City, and the Bluebirds head to Lancashire this evening with a season expectation to return to the top flight at the first attempt.
Summer arrivals including strikers Adam Le Fondre and Federico Macheda have really rubber stamped the Welsh sides ambition, with both set to make their bow on live Television.
However, recent transfer activity has left Cardiff’s squad fairly limited, with the recent departures of Steven Caulker and Jordan Mutch to Premier League side Queens Park Rangers.
Injuries include Ben Turner and Craig Noone ( groin ), with Cardiff likely to start the game with only two recognised defenders, with Matt Connolly is set to partner Mark Hudson in the centre back positions.
Juan Cala is still unavailable due to suspension.
Winger Tom Adeyemi signed from Birmingham City in time to be eligible for his début and could go straight into Solskjaer’s squad.
Gary Medel is likely not to be involved in proceedings, with the Chile midfielder close to completing a £!2 million move to Inter Milan.
Cardiff can call upon débutante Le Fondre to deliver the goods, with the former Reading man enjoying a fine pedigree in the second tier following a successful spell at Reading, and will be hoping to kick-off his Cardiff career with a goal.