Date: 15th August 2015 at 11:17am
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Two sides looking to bounce back from two straight defeats meet at the John Smith’s Stadium as Huddersfield Town welcome Blackburn Rovers (3pm kick-off). 

Town lost their opening day match against Hull City and were knocked out of the Capital One Cup in midweek by League Two side Notts County as the Magpies held on for a 2-1 victory despite being down to 10 men for the last 20 minutes of the game.

Meanwhile, Blackburn were beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening day of the Championship season  and were too knocked out of the League Cup by lower league opposition in Shrewsbury Town.

It has been a tough summer for Rovers boss Gary Bowyer who has seen his star midfielder Tom Cairney sold to league rivals Fulham and hitman Rudy Gestede leave for top flight Aston Villa.

Gestede’s goals will be hard to replace at Ewood Park, the Benin international found the back of the net 20 times last season, but Bowyer will be pleased to have kept fellow striker Jordan Rhodes at Ewood Park – for now.

The Scotland international has been continuously linked with a move away from the Lancashire club this summer and he publicly expressed his disappointment that the Rovers hierarchy rejected Middlesbrough’s offer.

Rhodes faces his former employers on Saturday afternoon, the club he left to join Blackburn in a £8million deal in August 2012, and has continued to haunt the Terriers ever since scoring six goals in six appearances against the club he played for between 2009 and 2012.

Town have not beaten Blackburn in 10 attempts since their last victory in 1999 but manager Chris Powell has two home matches in three days and will be looking to make the John Smith’s Stadium a fortress this season.

Conceding goals still continues to be a problem for the West Yorkshire outfit. They let in over 70 goals last season, which was the fourth worst in the Championship, only Fulham, Millwall and Blackpool shipped in more and two of those were relegated.

Team News:

Powell should have Sean Scannell, Joe Lolley and James Vaughan available for selection after the trio missed out on the last two matches through injury.

Alex Smithies will be back in goal after missing the defeat to Notts County in midweek due the birth of his first child.

Blackburn are without Chris Taylor due to a groin injury but new signing Hope Akpan will be in line to make his debut for the club.