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  • 27 August 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 22826
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Blackburn Rovers - Everton Preview: Both sides looking for first points of the season

Blackburn Rovers - Everton Preview: Both sides looking for first points of the season

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


PROBABLE LINEUPS
BLACKBURN

Robinson
Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson
Dunn, N’Zonzi, Pedersen
Goodwillie, Roberts, Hoilett
EVERTON

Howard
Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Heitinga,
Rodwell
Arteta, Cahill, Fellaini
Beckford
The hosts have both Morten Gamst Pedersen and Chris Samba as small doubts to feature, but should pass late fitness tests. Meanwhile, Vince Grella is 50/50 to even make the bench, whilst they have a full bill of health in the attacking department.

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.

Players to watch

D. Goodwillie

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The striker scored on Wednesday evening against Sheffield Wednesday to open his account for Rovers and will take that uplift of confidence with him into the game on Saturday.

Steve Kean has been impressed by the young Scotsman’s talent on the ball and will be the man his team-mates look to when the hosts are after a goal. Look for the striker and Hoilett to be working actively together to get Blackburn some points.

L. Baines

Position: Defender

Games: 19

  • 2
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  • 0
The Liverpool native looked feisty against QPR in Everton’s opener and was one of David Moyes’ better players in the game as he worked the ball well down the left in his attempts to create something for his side.

Editor's Prediction

Both sides are looking for their first points of the season and after winning in midweek against Sheffield outfits in the League Cup, they will be carrying some of that success into the weekend’s clash.

With this in mind, it wouldn’t make for any surprises if the two sides cancel each other out and end the game on equal terms, albeit with a couple of goals on the way.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Blackburn Rovers

Everton

Wins
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1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
Blackburn Rovers FC Blackburn Rovers
Draw
Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
23%
30%
47%

Top 3 Predictions

Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
1 - 2
Everton FC EVE
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
1 - 1
Everton FC EVE
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
2 - 1
Everton FC EVE

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