The Blackburn Rovers will look to continue their strong start to the season on Saturday afternoon, as they host Birmingham City at Ewood Park.
Tony Mowbray’s side enter this one after winning seven of their last nine games and could move up to third in the Championship standings with a win here, following West Brom’s goalless draw against Barnsley on Friday.
Birmingham meanwhile begin Matchday 15 of the Second Division table, having won just once in their last six games, although the quality they possess means it will still not be an easy task for them. Rovers.
Here we took a look at two Blackburn dilemmas Mowbray faces ahead of this clash with Birmingham on Saturday.
Who starts in the goal?
A big selection decision Mowbray will have to make for this one comes in the goal, where Thomas Kaminski is expected to be available again.
Before an injury in the 1-0 win at Stoke last month, Kaminski had been the club’s clear first choice between the posts.
But with substitute Aynsley Pears keeping two clean sheets in wins over Preston and Bournemouth, making excellent saves in the latter in particular, the 23-year-old has firmly claimed his place in the starting lineup.
As a result, Mowbray now has a big decision to make as to whether to support his elder man in Kaminski by bringing him in directly, even if that would mean letting Pears down, which could be a blow to his confidence, as ‘he did nothing to justify losing his place in the last two games.
The pressure to seize the opportunity
Considering West Brom’s failure to beat Barnsley on Friday, this game presents another big opportunity for Blackburn in the promotion battle.
A win over Birmingham means Rovers would move up to third place in the table, and if Bournemouth is beaten by Middlesbrough at the start of the kick-off, one point from the automatic promotion spots.
This is something you think the Blackburn team will be very aware of, stepping into a game that recent form and table suggest they should win.
Mowbray’s will therefore have to make sure that his team are firmly focused on the task at hand to pick up the three points, as they would be asked to do in any other game.