Fulham v Blackburn Preview

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Updated: September 10, 2011

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It might not be the most mouth watering Super Sunday match that Sky Sports have ever picked but Fulham v Blackburn on Sunday afternoon good just be a cracker… or a scoreless bore.

Both sides are winless, both in the bottom five, both in early season difficulties and both managers under pressure already, it promises to be a very interesting game indeed. Fulham have just one point from their opening three games and that came in the first game of the season when they drew with Villa. Martin Jol is under severe pressure already despite taking over the job during the summer. Fulham have lacked that fighting spirit it seems that they have showed in recent years under Roy Hodgson. They are never going to have a big squad and their participation in the Europa League since early July just might be having an adverse effect on their already bare squad. In fact, one point from their opening three games equals the club’s previous worst start to a Premier League campaign in 2005/06.

The signing of Bryan Ruiz might just kick start their season and give a boost to the rest of the side. They have scored just once this season in the league, a late goal away to Newcastle last time out was their only time to find the net but Ruiz might change that. If the American Clint Dempsey, who has scored their only goal can strike a partnership with Ruiz then Fulham could be in business. Dempsey enjoys playing Rovers as he has netted three times in his four games against them. Despite two defeats in a row, Fulham will be confident now that they are back at the Cottage and Blackburn will face a tough task not to suffer their fourth straight defeat.

Steve Kean has bolstered his depleted squad with the signings of Scott Dann and Yakubu. If the Nigerian striker can start finding the form that he experienced in his first few years in England then Blackburn’s luck could change. Scott Dann will join Chris Samba in defence and their back four and keeper look like a very useful outfit but they will need to perform as a unit.

Morten Gamst Pedersen and David Dunn are carrying hamstring injuries, but Simon Vukcevic is in contention to make his debut while Ryan Nelsen is still absent. As for the Cottagers, they might have Bobby Zamora back from injury but Simon Davies is still out. The Riise brothers are both out while new signing Zdenek Grygera will be hoping for his first appearance for Fulham.

Blackburn have not lost their four Premier League games in a row since Paul Ince’s sacking back in 2008 and their defeat to Aston Villa meant it was the first time since the 1947/48 season that Rovers have lost their opening three games. Steve Kean has to turn things around quickly and a good result and performance on Sunday could go along way to doing that or else he faces the Ewood Park exit.

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