Predicted Wolves side to play Blackburn: Costa out, duo to start against former clubs

General view outside the stadium before the match - Molineux

Here is how we predict Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers to line-up ahead of their Championship meeting this weekend.

To be played on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at 16:00. Venue: Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton

Odds: Wolves 6/5, Draw 23/10, Blackburn 23/10

Wolves manager Paul Lambert

Wolverhampton Wanderers face Blackburn Rovers this weekend in what could be a fiercely competitive Championship encounter.

Rovers visit Molineux in desperate need of all three points - as their quest to avoid relegation intensifies with just three games remaining. Tony Mowbray's side currently find themselves inside the bottom three on 44 points, just one behind fourth-bottom Nottingham Forest and three behind Birmingham City in 20th position.

Wolves, after a five game winning run led to a mini-resurgence during March and early April, now find themselves free from any previous relegation concern ahead of the game.

Former Blackburn boss Paul Lambert is expected to name a fellow former Ewood Park man in his line-up - with January signing from Rovers, Ben Marshall, anticipated to take a place in the Wolves midfield. 

Ben Marshall of WolvesBen Marshall should face his old employers this weekend

However, standout Wanderer Helder Costa remains an injury doubt and is unlikely to feature against Mowbray's strugglers.

Ahead of the trip to 16th placed Wolves, Mowbray may be able to welcome back Charlie Mulgrew for a surprise early return from an ankle ligament problem earlier in the month - an injury that was believed to have the former Molineux man sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.

Charlie Mulgrew of Blackburn Rovers celebrates scoring his teams first goalCharlie Mulgrew of Blackburn Rovers could return against his old club

However, whether a Mulgrew return is enough to stave off a Rovers relegation to League One remains to be seen.

Following Wolves, Blackburn host Aston Villa before a final day away fixture against Brentford.

Here is our predicted line-up for both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers, in full:

Wolves predicted lineup

  • Andy Lonergan
  • Matt Doherty
  • Mike Williamson
  • Richard Stearman
  • Conor Coady
  • David Edwards
  • Ben Marshall
  • Romain Saiss
  • George Saville
  • Jón Dadi Bödvarsson
  • Andreas Weimann

Blackburn predicted lineup

  • David Raya Martin
  • Tommie Hoban
  • Charlie Mulgrew
  • Ryan Nyambe
  • Derrick Williams
  • Hope Akpan
  • Elliott Bennett
  • Liam Feeney
  • Jason Lowe
  • Connor Mahoney
  • Sam Gallagher

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