Blackburn v Shrewsbury preview
Last Updated: 12/01/18 1:28pm
Blackburn could give a debut to on-loan Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong against Shrewsbury.
The 20-year-old, who scored three goals in 23 matches on loan at Bolton in the first half of the season, has joined for the remainder of the campaign. Fellow forward Marcus Antonsson remains unavailable with an ankle injury which could keep him out for the rest of the month.
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Darragh Lenihan (foot) is close to making a return but Corry Evans (thigh) and Peter Whittingham (calf) remain doubts, while Ben Gladwin (knee) and Harry Chapman (hamstring) remain sidelined.
Luke Hendrie could make his Shrewsbury debut after he joined from Burnley this week. The 23-year-old defender spent the first half of this term on loan at Bradford but moved to Shropshire on an 18-month deal.
Zak Jules (hamstring) is fit again ahead of schedule but fellow defender Junior Brown (knee) remains out for the season. Skipper Mat Sadler should be available despite suffering a bad cut to his head in Sunday's goalless FA Cup draw with West Ham.
The reverse fixture earlier this season ended in a 1-1 draw and was the first meeting between the two sides in the English Football League since January 1989.
Blackburn's last league victory against Shrewsbury came back in November 1987, losing one and drawing three of the four league matches since - prior to this run, Rovers had won three consecutive matches against the Shrews between August 1986 and November 1987.
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Blackburn are now unbeaten in 14 league games (W8 D4), their longest run without a loss since August 2014 (also 14 games). They have not gone 15 more or league games unbeaten since February 1988 (23 games).
Shrewsbury have failed to keep a clean sheet in 13 of their last 14 away ties in all competitions, though they have only conceded more than once in a game during that run on one occasion, a 3-2 FL Trophy win at Coventry.
This is a big game in the battle for automatic promotion from Sky Bet League One. It's third vs second and Blackburn will be desperate to close that five-point gap on Shrewsbury.
A win for the Shrews would be a huge statement in their promotion ambitions, and I feel like they could sneak this one at Ewood Park.
David Prutton predicts: 0-1 (10/1 with Sky Bet)