Rivals Blackburn and Blackpool will meet in the Lancashire derby at Ewood Park on Saturday, with the winner set to gain a massive edge.
Currently in 14th and 15th respectively on the English Premier League table, only goal difference separates the two sides.
The winner could move four points clear of the relegation zone as the season approaches the home stretch.
Rovers are winless in six and have conceded seven goals in their last two games, and 11 in their previous four.
Young defender Phil Jones could give Blackburn a boost if he returns for his first game back from a knee injury.
The 19-year-old has not played since Rovers drew 1-1 at home to West Ham United on December 19.
It is vital Blackburn get a result in this game with fixtures against Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United all part of their last seven games.
Although Blackpool’s form has not been impressive either, they have collected more points on the road than at home this season.
The Seasiders have won only one of their last nine, but have five of their last eight league games at home.
Keeper Matt Gilks appeared set to make his return after four months out with a broken kneecap, but strained his calf in a reserves match.
Striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who has scored four goals this campaign, may return after spending the entire game on the bench in the loss against Chelsea.
Frenchman Elliot Grandin was also an unused substitute, while defender Chris Basham may also be an option for Ian Holloway.