Blackburn v Oxford preview
Last Updated: 04/05/18 11:36am
League One Player of the Year Bradley Dack will miss already-promoted Blackburn's final game of the season against Oxford.
The Rovers midfielder has a hamstring injury and will be missing for six weeks. Craig Conway (foot) is out but David Raya (groin), Derrick Williams (abductor) and Elliott Bennett (knee) should all return having trained on Thursday, while Ryan Nyambe (hamstring) could be involved too.
Blackburn are two points behind Wigan, who have a far superior goal difference, so Tony Mowbray's side would need a victory and hope that Latics lose at Doncaster for them to be crowned champions.
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Ryan Ledson will not be included in Oxford's squad. Boss Karl Robinson has confirmed the midfielder will be omitted due to reported interest from Preston in the midfielder.
Striker Wes Thomas could play his final game for the U's after it was announced this week Oxford's top scorer would not be offered a new deal when his contract runs out in the summer. Ricardinho will likely be among the substitutes again as one more start would trigger an automatic one-year contract extension.
In all competitions, Blackburn have lost just one of their last 13 meetings with Oxford (W6 D6), and are currently unbeaten in the last five (W3 D2) since a 3-1 loss in the second-tier in December 1990.
Oxford haven't lost to Blackburn at Ewood Park since February 1989, drawing two and winning one of their three visits there since then.
Blackburn have won their final league game in each of their last four Football League seasons, scoring 13 goals and conceding seven.
In turn, Oxford have won four of their last five final season games (L1), keeping four clean sheets and winning each of the last three.
Danny Graham has been directly involved in five of Blackburn's last eight league goals (two goals, three assists).
It should be a great day at Ewood Park as Blackburn celebrate promotion back to the Championship. There is still potentially a title to be won but they would need to claim all three points and for Wigan to lose at Doncaster for that to happen.
Even if they finish second it has been a great season for Rovers, and they should be able to play with a bit of freedom against Oxford that will see them romp to victory.
David Prutton predicts: 3-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)