Game: Blackburn Rovers v Burnley
Competition: Barclays Premier League
Venue: Ewood Park
Time: 13:00 BST
Sunday sees only two games played in the Barclays Premier League. And one game which would go usually unnoticed, will be the focal point of discussion. Blackburn host newly promoted side Burnley in the Lancashire derby and sparks are expected to fly. As Burnley forward Robbie Black said, “When you’ve got the Merseyside, Manchester, London and North East derbies, ours can be over-shadowed…But you’ll find at Ewood Park it will be a great atmosphere and a great game to be involved in.” Fancy the home team to win in this close encounter ?
Form guide – Blackburn (most recently played game on top)
v. Arsenal(Loss) 2-6 (NZonzi, Dunn)
v. Aston Villa (Win) 2-1 (Samba, Dunn)
v. Nott Forest (Win) 1-0 (McCarthy)
v. Everton (Loss) 0-3
Sam Allardyce would be hoping to bounce back from the 2-6 demoilition by Arsenal. Allardyce welcomes back Ryan Nelsen and Chris Samba – both of whom missed the defeat to Arsenal. Also fit for action is Paul Robinson, who missed the England qualifier with an injury. But Allardyce will be without midfielder Vince Grella who injured himself while playing for Australia in midweek.
Form guide – Burnley (most recently played game on top)
v. Birmingham City (Win) 2-1 (Bikey, Fletcher)
v. Tottenham (Loss) 0-5
v. Barnsley (Loss) 2-3 (Fletcher,Eagles)
v. Sundeland (Win) 3-1 (Alexander, Nugent *2 )
Owen Coyle’s men have had a miserable time away from home. They are winless, pointless and scoreless on the road so far this season and have suffered 3-0,4-0 and 5-0 defeats. Surely, Blackburn wouldn’t put six past them. On a brighter note, there wouldn’t be a better team to break their away duck than Blackburn – their oldest foes. Coyle though faces some selection problems. Fernando Guerrero (hamstring strain), Chris McCann, Kevin McDonald, Martin Paterson (all knee injuries) and Jay Rodriguez (ankle) will not feature in the derby.
Match verdict:- Blackburn are not known for playing freely flowing football. Burnley on the other hand believe in keeping the ball on the ground and attacking in numbers. The home crowd should act as the 12th man for Rovers, who should go on to win this game, albeit by the thickness of a hair.
Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Burnley (Dunn, Pedersen // Fletcher)