Chelsea v Blackburn: Preview and Team News

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Updated: November 4, 2011

Blackburn and Chelsea will meet in this Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Ewood Park with both sides hoping to improve on recent poor form.

Blackburn have endured a horrific season so far after only 3 wins in the last 24 games and they will be aiming to break out of the relegation zone with an inspiring performance against the former league champions.

Steve Kean’s side have won just one of their ten matches of this campaign so far and have only won once at home, a feat which will not instill confidence in Kean’s men as they welcome Chelsea to Ewood Park.

Rovers’ woes were further compounded against Norwich last weekend after referee Mike Dean awarded Norwich a controversial penalty with the visitors just seconds away from only a fourth victory since last January.

Chelsea will be aiming to avoid suffering three consecutive league defeats for the first time since October 1999. Chelsea have not enjoyed a Premier League clean sheet so far this season and will be hoping to erase the memories of last weekend’s defensive woes against Arsenal with a solid defensive display.

Back to back Premier League defeats has seen Andre Villas-Boas’ charges slip down the league table to fourth position and they now trail league leaders Manchester City by nine points.

One of Chelsea’s main downfall’s this season has been their away performances with the blues having lost two and drawn one of five away trips.

Despite a recent series of disappointing displays, Chelsea will go into tomorrow’s game as clear favourites having lost only one game in their last sixteen Premier League meetings with Blackburn.

For their own part, Blackburn will be hoping to overturn their poor goal deficit against the Chelsea and have not scored against them since May 2006.

Blackburn boss Steve Kean has recieved positive news goings into tomorrow’s game with the return of David Dunn following a calf injury, while Junior Hoilett has also recovered from the tight hamstring he suffered in the draw with Norwhich last weekend.

Chelsea captain John Terry is set to return to the side after being an unused substitute in the midweek Champions League draw with Genk.

The londoners will also welcome back John Obi Mikel to the fold following a back problem, but manager Andre Villas-Boas and his side must do without who Didier Drogba who is still suspended.

The game will kick off tomorrow, Saturday at 3pm in Ewood Park.

Verdict: Chelsea

Teams:
Blackburn (from): Robinson, Bunn, Lowe, Samba, Givet, Hanley, Olsson, Rochina, Pedersen, Nzonzi, Petrovic, Dunn, Vukcevic, Hoilett, Yakubu, Goodwillie, Formica, Roberts, Slew.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Luiz, Mikel, Romeu, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Malouda, Meireles, McEachran, Torres, Kalou, Sturridge, Anelka, Lukaku, Turnbull.

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