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Albion entertain Blackburn Rovers this weekend as they look to make it two wins on the bounce for only the second time this season.

Goals from Jake Forster-Caskey, Leroy Lita and David Lopez gave Albion a 3-1 victory at Doncaster last weekend in what was the club’s first win in six games.

Rovers travel down to the South Coast for their 800th away fixture in the second tier of English football and manager Gary Bowyer will want to crown it with all three points.

Team news

Liam Bridcutt (hernia), Kemy Agustien (calf) and Andrea Orlandi (knee) have all returned to training for the Seagulls but are unlikely to play any part in the fixture.

Leonardo Ulloa (foot), Craig Mackail-Smith (Achilles) and Will Hoskins (knee) mean that either Ashley Barnes or Leroy Lita will lead the line against the Lancashire club, while Kazenga LuaLua is still sidelined with a knee problem.

Rovers midfielder David Dunn could be available after a lengthy stint on the medical table with a knee injury while Grant Hanley has now completed his three-match ban and will be able to take part.

Form

Albion are back up to 12th in the Championship table after a well-deserved three points at the Keepmoat Stadium last Saturday and are looking for just their second back-to-back win of the campaign.

Albion last 5: W D D L D

Rovers sit a point above Albion in ninth, four points adrift of the play-off places, but only one of their five victories this term have been away from home - a 3-1 win at Bournemouth.

Rovers last 5: W D L L W

Players to watch

Leroy Lita (Albion)

Although Barnes is likely to fill the forward berth from kick off, Lita has been chomping at the bit and scored as a substitute last weekend with his first touch of the ball. The Swansea loanee has made three appearances from the bench so far for Albion, scoring once.

Jordan Rhodes (Rovers)

Fancied as one of the most capable strikers outside of the topflight, Rhodes has scored 10 league goals in just 14 games. He has totalled 40 shots so far this season and will be up against fellow Scot Gordon Greer.

Statistic

Both of last season’s league meetings between these two ended as 1-1 draws, with three of the four goals coming from the penalty spot.