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  • 9 April 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 28426
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Blackburn - Birmingham City Preview: Alex McLeish's side travel to Lancashire having failed to win at Ewood Park in the league for over 40 years

Blackburn - Birmingham City Preview: Alex McLeish's side travel to Lancashire having failed to win at Ewood Park in the league for over 40 years

The sides go into this clash teetering precariously above the relegation zone on 34 points apiece but having played a game more, defeat for the hosts could be catastrophic



PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Blackburn: Robinson; Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson; Emerton, N'Zonzi, J Jones, Pedersen, Hoilett; Santa Cruz.


Birmingham City: Foster; Carr, Johnson, Jiranek, Ridgewell; Hleb, Gardner, Ferguson, Larsson; Phillips, Jerome.



DID YOU KNOW?
  • A victory for Blackburn would result in a 10th win in a row for the home team in meetings between these two teams.
  • Blackburn have had the joint highest amount 2-1 defeats at home with five.
  • With 69 per cent of their conceded goals coming after half-time, Rovers have let in a higher percentage of second-half goals than any other team.
  • Steve Kean’s side have only saved one point from a losing position this term, the lowest amount in the league.
  • If Birmingham were to beat Steve Kean’s side, they would equal the two clubs' record against each other of 34 home victories and 7 away wins each.
  • Over half of Birmingham's goals have come from set-pieces this season.
  • The visitors haven’t picked up a league win at Ewood Park since 1968, when the clubs met in the old Division Two.
  • Alex McLeish’s side have managed an average of just over four and a half shots on target per game so far this season.
  • Cameron Jerome has averaged a goal a game against Blackburn in the league, hitting five in five. His best record against a single club.
  • The Blues have secured only two clean sheets in their last 16 Premier League fixtures.

 


LAST MEETING


August 21, 2010: Birmingam City 2-1 Blackburn

Steven N'Zonzi's second-half strike was cancelled out by a Craig Gardner brace as Birmingham picked up their first win of the season at St Andrew's.

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Players to watch

D. Hoilett

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The young Canadian has offered an assured quality that, in other areas of the field for Steve Kean's side, has been found wanting far too often this season.

Direct, confident and possessing a willingness to shoot on sight, Birmingham will do well to suppress a player who may well be the attacking catalyst to spark Rovers survival fight. If they do, Blackburn may well prove stunted when going forward at Ewood Park on Saturday.

C. Jerome

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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With five goals in five games against Blackburn, Jerome would appear to have discovered the formula of breaking down a defence built on the Sam Allardyce formula, which, for all those that turn their nose up at it, is a formidable code to crack.


Provided distribution from the flanks is sharp enough for the former Cardiff man to get a sniff of a chance, it wouldn't be too surprising to see Jerome turn his record into at least a magnificent six against Steve Kean's charges.

Editor's Prediction

Steve Kean is overwhelming favourite to be the next man thrown off the ever-turbulent Premier League managerial merry-go-round and it's not difficult to see why; inexperienced owners coupled with a relegation dog-fight can make the finger on the trigger twitch a little more vigorously and as Birmingham travel to Ewood Park, I can't see the Scot's job looking any easier.

Birmingham have the quality and, arguably more importantly, the experience amongst the ranks to climb out of the mire in which they have found themselves in. Their dynamism, particularly in the middle of midfield, may well prove vital against a solid Rovers outfit and this energy could be enough to see them not only pick up three points on Saturday but in doing so, take a large step towards Premier League safety.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Blackburn Rovers

Birmingham City

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
Blackburn Rovers FC Blackburn Rovers
Draw
Birmingham City FC BIR
Birmingham City FC Birmingham City
46%
33%
21%

Top 3 Predictions

Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
2 - 1
Birmingham City FC BIR
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
1 - 1
Birmingham City FC BIR
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
1 - 0
Birmingham City FC BIR

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