Leeds return to action following the international break with an away trip to Blackburn on Saturday and Neil Redfearn’s side should be high in confidence following a convincing display against Blackpool last time out.

Redfearn has no injury concerns ahead of this one, though Rodolph Austin has been playing in the Caribbean Cup with Jamaica – a tournament they won – and is unlikely to feature considering how much he tends to suffer dips in performance following international duty.

The Leeds boss is likely to keep faith in a young line-up who’ve been making headlines for all the right reasons in recent weeks. There’s a new name ready to enter the fray too in the shape of Kalvin Phillips who Redfearn says is ‘knocking on the first team door’. An away trip to Blackburn is unlikely to be the chosen fixture for his first team debut, but his name is sure to pop-up again in the coming weeks.

Blackburn are in good form ahead of this fixture, undefeated in their last seven and odds-on favourites for the win with bookmakers. If you fancy Leeds to pick-up where they left off against Blackpool, you can get odds as high as 4/1 on a Whites win.

Key to Blackburn’s good form is an impressive front-line featuring the highly-rated Jordan Rhodes playing second-fiddle to the impressive Rudy Gestede. The 26-year-old Spanish striker has scored ten goals already this season, bringing his total to 22 goals in 36 league appearances.

Leeds fans will remember Gestede from the goal he scored against us on New Years’ Day to give Blackburn what proved to be an insurmountable 2-0 lead and add a few extra hours to those New Years’ hangovers.

Despite Gestede getting his first goal for the club that day, it was Leeds United academy graduate Tom Cairney who made all the headlines for creating both of Blackburn’s goals. He’ll be facing off against the generation that followed him this weekend in what is sure to provide an interesting battle between the different year groups, while once again demonstrating the great work of Leeds United’s Thorp Arch Academy.

In other news, Neil Redfearn is still waiting on an Assistant Head Coach with Steve Thompson expected to be his choice. Thompson’s boss and Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell is reluctant to let Thompson go but sounds resigned to the possibility of it happening.

  • Tare

    Blackburn well Sir Jack Walters testament for the community. Well 1995 with Alan Shearer and following times Kenny Dahlglish looking for youngsters knocking door to door to attract juniors to join ‘burn ranks to cement the basis? Life is a mystery but still I still wonder…

    Tare

  • Irving08

    I neither attended, nor listened to, the game, but it seems, from the reports, to have been business as usual, plus smart tactics, targeting our right side, from Blackburn which, given Bianchi’s mobility issues, were foreseeable.