Blackburn will give Jason Lowe, Gael Givet and Colin Kazim-Richards late fitness tests but ex-Blue David Dunn is expected to be out. Portuguese veteran Nuno Gomes is a doubt.
Blues will most likely be missing Curtis Davies, Nathan Redmond and Leroy Lita but Pablo Ibanez should return to the match day squad.
The last game at Ewood Park was in 2011 and ended 1-1. Lee Bowyer scored first but a mistake at the back just before half time let Junior Hoilett in for the equaliser. Blues have not won at Blackburn since 1967.
Blackburn are sixth with eight points from their last six games. They have won five of their seven home games so far.
Blues are eighteenth but are only five points behind Rovers. They have also gained eight points from their last six.
Blackburn Rovers away is usually one of the easier previews to do. We nearly always lose there and it’s more than likely that the score will end up 2-1 or if we do well, 1-1. This season may be different though as previously you could rely on Blues to be strong at home and weak away. Under Lee Clark we actually look better equipped to get points on our travels. Despite having played one less away game we have scored three more goals than we have at St Andrews and before Tuesday had got the same number of points. Therefore despite us not winning at Ewood Park for forty years the result may not be as foregone a conclusion as some would think.
Blackburn are a team going through similar upheaval to us with distant ownership who recently made the strange decision to sack their manager when they were well placed in the league. I have a theory that the Venkys have a long term plan to see Rovers drop out of the Football League and then redevelop Ewood Park as a chicken factory. Steve Kean had to go after he failed to live up to his early promise by making them look like they might get promoted. They now have Henning Berg in charge who was a good player for them but has no management experience outside of Norway. Being a former player should at least save him from the abuse Kean suffered for a little while anyway. I expect them to be challengers for the automatic promotion spots as they have kept a lot of their Premiership players and signed Jordan Rhodes but it won’t be an easy ride for them.
Blues win on Tuesday was a welcome relief after sitting through another abject display against Ipswich three days earlier. It was an encouraging performance with the only negatives being the injury to Curtis Davies and the fact that we didn’t take our chances to improve our poor goal difference. Davies’ injury did at least allow Jonathan Spector to come it at right back which really helps Chris Burke as the overlapping runs take defenders away from him. I was concerned that having a left footed right back would stop this happening and this proved to be correct against Ipswich where Paul Robinson only made one run all game. I hope that Spector retains his place despite Pablo Ibanez being available again to take Davies’ place. With Leroy Lita still out the rest of the team will probably remain unchanged from Tuesday night.
We have a lot of games in November and this one would be a game that I would happily take a point from. As I’ve said I can no longer rely on the 2-1 or 1-1 prediction but I’m going to go for one of them anyway.
Blackburn 1 Blues 1
C’mon you Blue Boys