Two grand old clubs, and a pair of evolving new teams, go head to head at Ewood Park as East Lancashire meets West Yorkshire at two venues tomorrow.
While Leeds entertain Burnley, 10th-placed Town aim to stay above their neighbours in the Championship standings with victory at a ground where they haven’t won since 1986.
It won’t be easy, because while Blackburn are four places and three points behind Town, they have won their last two home games handsomely.
Barnsley were dispatched 5-2, although the Reds did have a man sent off early on, and Bolton beaten 4-1 by Gary Bowyer’s new-look side.
Rovers have since had to make do with one point from six after last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at bitter rivals Burnley and Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at high-flying Leicester.
Jordan Rhodes got the goals in both games, taking his tally to six for the season and 34 since he left the John Smith’s Stadium in August 2012.
And Town supporters won’t need reminding the £8m man scored in both games between his current and former employers last season.
His winner at Ewood on April 16 left Town in the drop zone while easing Blackburn’s fears of a second successive relegation.
Now both clubs are eyeing more positive campaigns having rung the changes squad wise over the summer.
Bowyer, the 42-year-old son of Nottingham Forest’s European Cup-winning midfielder Ian, has reshaped his player pool.
Big-name but underperforming high earners from the club’s Premier League days have gone, with the manager opting for younger, more economic options.
News that Venky’s London Limited – the holding company behind Rovers – posted a £27m loss for the last financial year have added fuel to rumours Rhodes could be sold in January.
But for the time being the 23-year-old remains in the famous and historic blue and white halved shirt, and Town will be wary.
With DJ Campbell and David Dunn both struggling with injuries and Leon Best left out of recent games after a social media outburst at his boss, Bowyer is seeking a new frontline recruit.
Meanwhile Town manager Mark Robins latest team selection will be intriguing, with on-loan Swansea defender Jazz Richards seeking a first start and former Blackburn striker Jon Stead a second after playing his part in the 2-1 home win over Charlton.