Blackburn Rovers vs Reading preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Blackburn Rovers' Ben Brereton applauds the Blackburn fans at the end of the match during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn Rovers at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on October 19, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Blackburn Rovers and Reading are both wanting to get back to winning ways when they face each other at Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon.

Blackburn suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday evening, whilst Reading crumbled after leading Blackpool 2-0, before going on to lose 2-3.

Both sides are aiming for a place in the top six on current form, so will want to claim all three points.

Team news

Blackburn are likely to be without Harry Pickering and Lewis Travis after they both picked up injuries against QPR.

Reading are still without a number of key players, including the likes of Lucas Joao, Yakou Meite, Michael Morrison and Alen Halilovic.

Andy Rinomhota could make a return to the squad on the bench if he passes a late fitness test.

Predicted lineups

Blackburn Rovers:

Kaminski; Van Hecke, Lenihan, Ayala, Nyambe, Clarkson, Johnson, Rothwell, Edun, Brereton Diaz, Gallagher.

Reading:

Southwood; Yiadom, Dann, Moore, Rahman, Drinkwater, Laurent, Dele-Bashiru, Swift, Ejaria, Puscas.

Ones to watch

Ben Brereton Diaz

The Chilean attacker has been one of the best players in the division this season after a stellar Copa Libertadores performance over the summer, which has massively boosted his confidence. He has taken that confidence into this season and has performed brilliantly, scoring ten goals and scoring once in 13 games in the Championship this season. 

John Swift

Like the aforementioned Ben Brereton Diaz, Swift has again been one of the best players in the division this season. After an injury-hit year last time out, the Englishman has 14 goal contributions in 13 games so far.

Previous meetings

The last time these two sides met was back in March when the only goal was scored by George Puscas as Reading took all three points.

How to watch

This game kicks off on Saturday, October 23, at 15:00 BST. Unfortunately, this match is not on TV in the UK.

Match passes can be purchased from both club websites for supporters outside of the UK, however. 

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