Ex-Celtic boss tips Leeds United to become an 'awesome' Premier League club as Blackburn endure injury crisis - Championship preview

Leeds United travel to Blackburn Rovers as their race for Premier League promotion enter the final weeks of the season restart.

Friday, 3rd July 2020, 4:07 pm
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As ever, with some key games to watch out for, we preview the main talking points ahead of this weekend's Championship fixture list. Scroll and click through the pages:

Just to remind you how tight it is at the bottom of the Championship, only SIX points separate 24th to 18th - which makes it impossible to call who will finish the season in those relegation places.
Barnsley, 23rd in the Championship, travel to Stoke City for a relegation six-pointer, where a win for the Tykes would lift them above their hosts. It would take them to 44 points - closer to Gerhard Struber’s 50 points target.

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The visit of Reading to Luton spells a huge few weeks for Nathan Jones’ men in their bid to beat the drop as they face the likes of Barnsley, Huddersfield and Hull. Nervous? No, Jones says he is relieved to play those around his team in the table.
Reports earlier in the week suggested Danny Cowley’s position as Huddersfield Town manager was under threat, so what a difference a win makes. The Terriers hope to follow up from their 3-0 win at Birmingham against play-off chasing Preston.
Ahead of his return to Swansea City, Garry Monk discussed his current crop of loan players and admitted he would like to see the likes of Connor Wickham, Jacob Murphy, Alessio Da Cruz and Josh Windass return for 2020/21.
Cardiff, occupying the final play-off spot, can inflict the ultimate blow on their rivals Bristol City. Win, and Neil Harris’ men strengthen their own top six hopes and in the process, all-but end the Robins’.
With Nottingham Forest still in with an outside chance of catching the top two and Derby County vying for the final play-off spot, this one is set up to be a fascinating East Midlands derby. All that’s missing is the fans!
We’ve mentioned Cardiff, Derby and Bristol City in the race for the play-offs, yet it really is anyone’s race to win with just six points separating 6th to 12th - with Swansea, Preston, Millwall and Blackburn also in the mix.
Paul Cook’s Wigan are nine games unbeaten but with the club going into administration this week and facing a 12-point deduction - which will likely see them relegated to League One - how will the Latics react at Brentford?
Three victories from three since the restart for Brentford - including wins against Fulham and West Brom - has Thomas Frank’s side breathing down the necks of the top two. That said, defender Ethan Pinnocks still wishes he was in Leeds and West Brom’s position.
Hull City won their first game since New Year’s Day during a six-pointer clash with Middlesbrough on Thursday, however it did come at a cost for Grant McCann’s threadbare squad with Callum Elder and Herbie Kane withdrawing with injuries.
West Brom tasted victory for the first time in four matches with a 3-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday and boss Slaven Bilic hopes his team are “back in town”. He has challenged his team to carry the momentum into the upcoming meeting with Hull City and beyond.
As Leeds close in on ending their top-flight absence, Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has hailed the Whites - believing they would be “awesome” in the Premier League. That said, Mowbray has a “burning desire” to dent in their promotion hopes.
Mowbray will be without Bradley Dack, Amari'i Bell, Derrick Williams, Corry Evans and Joe Rankin-Costello through injury, while there are concerns over Joe Rothwell and Lewis Travis. Ben Brereton is also banned.