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Blackburn Rovers vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 19th September 2020, k.o. 3pm BST
Sky Bet Championship
A first ever meeting of the one-time Premier League champions and the Wanderers brings with it a wonderful narrative of Gareth Ainsworth taking his team to his footballing 'home', seeking their first goal and point of their Championship adventure.
Last week's curtain-raiser against Rotherham saw the Chairboys fall one point short of what they deserved with an assured display which saw them squander first-half chances and pay the penalty with a stoppage-time sucker punch to lose 1-0.
Now they head north to meet Ainsworth's boyhood club, with whom he developed through the youth academy only to be released on his 18th birthday without playing a first-team fixture.
Dad Bill convinced his distraught teenager not to give up on his dream of pursuing a career in the game, and will be at Ewood Park with other members of the Ainsworth clan as special guests of the Wanderers with the hope of seeing the Blues make a real statement by taking points off Tony Mowbray's side.
Dominic Gape misses out through suspension and the game comes too soon for Adebayo Akinfenwa as he continues his rehab from a knee operation in the summer, but Curtis Thompson and Uche Ikpeazu could feature after knocks.
Rovers will be without Lewis Travis, Corry Evans, Sam Gallagher and Bradley Dack, but defender Daniel Ayala signed this week and could make the squad.
Wanderers will be in their mango change strip.
Man in the Middle
Peter Bankes takes charge of his first match of the 2020/21 campaign; his last match involving the Wanderers was the 5-1 defeat to Preston in the FA Cup in January 2018, when Daryl Horgan was on target for the Championship side.
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