Leaders Leeds To Take A Step Closer To Premier League

Sitting one point clear at the top of the Championship, Leeds United are in pole position to return to the top flight division for the first time in 17 years.

With six games to go, Blackburn are the next team who could put a spanner in the works for the Yorkshire side, taking place at 3pm on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Blackburn were one point off the playoffs before their last two games, where they lost 2-0 to both Wigan and Barnsley, putting them back to 10th position. It seems a difficult task to get back into contention for promotion, especially playing the league leaders on Saturday and second-place West Bromwich Albion next weekend.

Leeds have also had a rocky restart, with four points out of a possible nine, so a win at Ewood Park would put their promotion push back on track. This is a particularly important game considering the impressive form of Brentford and Nottingham Forest, who are putting pressure on Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

The reverse fixture of this matchup saw Leeds take a 2-1 home victory over the Rovers, with a Patrick Bamford penalty and Jack Harrison strike cancelling out Derrick Williams header. As things stood then, Blackburn sat in 18th place whilst Leeds were 3rd, but now there is so much to play for and it's all set out to be a highly exciting game, despite no fans in attendance.

Team News

For Leeds, captain Liam Cooper was forced off against Luton Town after suffering a lower back injury, so he remains a doubt on Saturday. Additionally, the loan of striker Jean-Kevin Augustin will not be extended, so he will not be taking any further part in their promotion push.

Tony Mowbray will be without striker Ben Brereton as he was shown a straight red in Blackburn’s 2-0 loss to Barnsley. There may be a change up to the squad, as no goals in their previous two games is worrying for Mowbray’s men.

Score Prediction

Both teams are not in their finest form, but I feel as though Blackburn will have a lack of motivation after their latest defeats. Additionally, if Leeds’ attackers are in form then it could be a convincing victory for the Whites.