Blackburn v Arsenal Preview

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Updated: September 16, 2011

The early game this weekend sees winless Blackburn host Arsenal who themselves have just one victory to their name this season. Kick off at 12.45pm

Rovers boss Steve Kean is under considerable pressure but a win against the Gunners live on Sky could just keep him in the job for another few weeks at least. With just one point so far this season, Blackburn are already relegation candidates but an improved performance last week saw them earn a hard fought point at Fulham and such a performance might just be the boost that Kean so desperately needs. He brought in Yakubu to bolster his slim attacking options while Scott Dann should improve their back line but midfield is a problem area for Rovers.

The home fans are expected to stage their protests with the club before the game despite the club’s owners pleading with the fans to give Kean a chance. Such unhappiness puts the Scottish manager under even more scrutiny.

Rovers have lost nine times in the Premier League at home to Arsenal, more than against any other opponent on their own patch. Despite Arsenal’s poor start to the season, recent performances have improved the mood at the Emirates. Last week’s first win against Swansea and a hard earned point in Germany midweek means Wenger’s men will be a bit more confident heading to Ewood Park.

Chris Samba should be available despite injuring his back last week while there will be late calls on the fitness of David Dunn, Morten Gamst Pedersen and Ryan Nelsen.

Arsenal are beginning to be boosted by the return of players and Gervinho and Alex Song will be both back following suspension. Jack Wilshere though remains out and Aaron Ramsey is a doubt after pulling out of the trip to Dortmund during the week. Diaby, Squallici and Vermaelen like Wilshere are still all out through injury.

Match Odds: Blackburn 100/30 Draw 5/2 Arsenal 5/6

It will be a tight game with both sides lacking confidence and form but Arsenal should nick it with their superior quality.
My Prediction: Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal

Join me for Live commentary of the game from 12.30pm on Saturday.

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