Ewood Park is the venue for a Tuesday night Championship clash between Blackburn Rovers and Queens Park Rangers.
The two teams are some of the biggest names in the division and both have proud histories.
Blackburn are currently two points behind the visitors in the league table, although they benefit from a game in hand.
Tuesday’s match is effectively a six point encounter as the two sides are almost neck and neck in the league, with QPR in sixteenth place and Blackburn one place behind.
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A loss could see either team left vulnerable to being leapfrogged by Huddersfield, whereas a win could see the victors climb a few places in the table.
The home side are on a poor run of three straight losses in the Championship.
Blackburn are somewhat unlucky to have lost by 1-0 on three consecutive occasions, but will be looking to reverse their slide against QPR. The key for Blackburn is to generate some kind of attacking threat – an element which hasn’t been utilized in recent matches.
Elliott Bennett will make his Blackburn debut after signing from Norwich. His pacy wing play may be the missing ingredient to Blackburn’s attacking woes.
A knee problem will keep Nathan Delfouneso out of the defensive selection, while hamstring injuries are set to sideline both Danny Guthrie and Fode Koita.
QPR have failed to register a win in their last six encounters in all competitions. The team were most recently eliminated in a 1-0 away loss to Nottingham Forest.
The Championship has become a source of frustration for QPR – even when they manage to score, they often end up drawing.
During December, the West London side managed draws against Brighton and Bristol but chalked up defeats to Ipswich and Hull.
The pressure is mounting on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to find his first win since taking charge. The boss’ hopes may be boosted by the return of Charlie Austin who is touch and go.
News broke this week also that defender Steven Caulker has joined Liverpool, the Guardian reports:
Liverpool Football Club have completed the signing of Steven Caulker on loan from Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season,” read a statement on Liverpool’s website.
“The relevant paperwork has been completed in time to allow the centre-back to be eligible for selection for Wednesday evening’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Arsenal at Anfield.
“Caulker, who has Premier League experience as well as being capped by England, showed a willingness to commit to the Reds at short notice.
QPR currently have a goalkeeper crisis and it remains to be seen if the away side will have to resort to a reserve player once more.
In truth, neither side has looked particularly good as of late and this promises to be an unpredictable match.
Both teams are desperate to gain some much needed momentum as the new year progresses. A home victory is perhaps the most likely outcome, but don’t be surprised to see a high scoring draw if recent games are anything to go by.