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Key Player

Jordan Rhodes has been one of the Championships top marksman for a while now, and after forming a potent partnership with Rudy Gestede last season promotion will be on the Scottish strikers mind, and repeating last terms success in front of goal is half way to doing that for Gary Bowyer’s side. The former Huddersfield Town forward, 29, netted 21 times last season and will hope to reach the 30 goal mark after racking up 28 goals in 2012/13. Rhodes will also hope to help Scotland qualify for Euro 2016 in France which will be contested after the conclusion of the regular domestic season.

One to Watch

Fellow Scottish winger Craig Conway will be vital in ensuring that both Gestede and Rhodes et the service they need to stick away the goals. The 30-year-old set up his team-mates 10 times last season, but will need to reach the dizzy heights of the previous season, where he reached 17, if Blackburn are to get promoted.

The leagues most potent forward duo
The leagues most potent forward duo

Prediction

After Blackburn’s 9th placed finish last term, manager Gary Bowyer will look to bolster his midfield options ahead of a huge campaign. Defender and captain Grant Hanley was a rock at the back for ‘Rovers’ over his 31 games, Matthew Kilgallon also proved to be a marvellous acquisition as he worked like clockwork with his Scottish defensive partner. The main man in midfield is Corry Evans, the former Manchester United midfielder had a disgusting disciplinary record, but there is no denying what he brings to the table as a box-to-box midfielder. Upfront they have hat fulls of goals, Gestede and Rhodes claimed 43 league goals between then last season and that should be enough to elevate them to the top of the league

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