Both Lancashire clubs will be looking for fellow-strugglers Bolton to lose their Sunday fixture against West Brom, with the Lactics safe if they can better the Trotters' result
Lowe, Dann, Givet, Olsson
Formica, Dunn, N'Zonzi, Olsson
Boyce, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Beausejour
Moses, McCarthy, McArthur, Gomez
The hosts have just the one worry ahead of their relegation showdown with Wigan, Bradley Orr being that man, as the defender has not trained ahead of the game thanks to an Achilles injury.
Blackburn will most likely ditch the defensive set-up that saw them fail to register a shot on goal against Tottenham, and go back to four at the back while adding another in attack.
The Lactics, meanwhile, have a clean bill of health. Wigan’s surprise 4-0 win over Newcastle United saw them set out just three at the back, but they should revert to a more standard line-up at Ewood Park as they will know that a win will guarantee their safety if they better Bolton’s weekend result.
Steve Kean’s side will also need other results to help them out of the bottom three, but their current position is still very much a perilous one. If the Trotters win on Sunday and Rovers miss out on victory, Blackburn will be doomed to the second-tier of English football before the final game of the season.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Blackburn are unbeaten at home against Wigan in the Premier League and have won on seven of the 13 occasions that the two sides have met overall.
- If Steve Kean’s outfit are relegated on Monday, it will be for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign when they finished 19th– their current position.
- The Lactics’ best season in the Premier League to date was their first – when they finished 10th on 51 points.
- In 112 games, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has achieved an average of 1.02 points per match – the third worst ratio in 20 years of the Premier League. Steve Kean is just behind him with 0.92 points a game.
- The Rovers’ manager's current win ratio is 22.8 per cent after 57 games, while the Spaniard’s is 24.1%.
- Only two players have scored hat-tricks for Wigan, the first was Henri Camara in 2005 and the second was Marcus Bent in 2007 against Blackburn.
- Just the one Blackburn player, however, has scored more than three goals in a game and that was Yakubu (pictured right) when the striker grabbed four against Swansea City last December.