Blackburn v Norwich Preview

Out of both of these clubs it was undoubtedly Norwich who were tipped to struggle the most, with the Canaries only just entering the division following promotion from the Championship last term. However, Paul Lambert’s men have more than kept their heads above water throughout the campaign, which is in stark contrast to Blackburn who are in grave danger of being relegated as they occupy 19th position.

While Blackburn appeared to be heading in a safe direction just a few weeks ago, it now appears as though Rovers are one of the favourites for relegation as they sit three points adrift of safety. Victory for a couple of Blackburn’s relegation rivals has meant that the Ewood Park outfit find themselves in all sorts of difficulties and it is certainly going to be a tall order to turn things around with just four games remaining. Steve Kean’s side currently find themselves on a dire run of form, having lost their last five games. Moreover, Rovers have never really benefited from a home advantage this term, with several protests by their own supporters hindering their chances significantly. They have also lost their last two games at Ewood Park.

Norwich meanwhile are completely safe, with Paul Lambert’s side sat in a comfortable 11th position ahead of this clash. Moreover, with just three points separating the Canaries from 8th place Liverpool, some would suggest that the Carrow Road outfit have an excellent incentive ahead of this fixture. However, Lambert will want to quickly overwrite his side’s most recent result, following Norwich’s 6-1 thrashing to Manchester City last weekend. Still, with the club managing to beat Tottenham 2-1 away from home in the clash before that, their supporters will still be fairly optimistic ahead of this encounter.

As for team news, Blackburn have been handed a huge double boost with Yakubu and Junior Hoilett both poised to return having recovered from injury problems. However, it’s not all good news for Steve Kean, with Rovers poised to be without Martin Olsson, Bradley Orr and Grant Hanley as injuries hamper the trio. It’s mixed news for the visitors meanwhile, with James Vaughan firstly set to return for the Canaries having successfully recovered from a hamstring issue. However, Zak Whitbread will not be featuring for Paul Lambert’s side, with a calf issue hindering the former Millwall man.

With Blackburn losing their last five games, most people will be expecting Norwich to arrive at Ewood Park as favourites. However, the Canaries have lost three of their last four on the road, while they were also humbled 6-1 in their last outing. Bearing this in mind, we think the home side could take advantage and our prediction will be a narrow 3-2 victory for Steve Kean’s Blackburn.

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