Chris Samba could make his comeback from injury for the clash at Ewood Park, while David Moyes also has a fitness boost with his key players back to 100 per cent
Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson
Dunn, N’Zonzi, Pedersen
Goodwillie, Roberts, Hoilett
Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Arteta, Cahill, Fellaini
David Moyes’ Everton side will have key players back to near enough full fitness, including the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Louis Saha and Mikel Arteta. Russian midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov returns from suspension, but will be lacking some match fitness so should start on the bench, while Tim Cahill should beat an illness to take his place in the starting line-up.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- These two sides haven’t ended a game goalless since the Ewood Park Premier League fixture back in the 2008-09 season. It was also the last time the two sides shared the points in the top-flight.
- It’s early days yet, but Everton’s record for no wins from the start of the season currently stands at 12, way back in the 1994-95 campaign.
- Both clubs were founding members of the Football League in 1888.
- Two years later, the 1890-91 campaign, saw both teams win silverware, as Blackburn won their fifth FA Cup, whilst Everton collected their inaugural league championship.
- Blackburn hold a yearly in-house competition by the name of the Peter White Memorial Trophy and is awarded to the player with the best goal of the season for the club. Damien Duff currently holds the most of these honours with two.
- Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard broke Neville Southall's clean sheet record for the Toffees during the 2008-09 season, shutting out the opposition in 17 matches.