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  • 20 March 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
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Blackburn Rovers - Sunderland Preview: Black Cats unbeaten in five against Steve Kean's men

Blackburn Rovers - Sunderland Preview: Black Cats unbeaten in five against Steve Kean's men

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Martin O'Neill and his team prepare to visit Ewood Park in a game which looks like a hard one to call, with both sides showing glimpses of brilliance amidst disappointing results


PROBABLE LINEUPS

Blackburn Rovers

Robinson
Martin Olsson, Hanley, Dann, Lowe
Pederson, N'Zonzi
 Marcus Olsson, Hoilett, Formica
Yakubu
Sunderland

Mignolet
Bardsley, O'Shea, Turner, Bridge
Larsson, Colback, Gardner, McClean
Campbell, Bendtner


Blackburn are still without Michel Salgado (rib) and Vincent Grella (hip) due to their respective long-term injuries but Steve Kean may be able to call upon the services of Bradley Orr, who could be in line for a return from his hamstring complaint.

Sunderland are likely to start with a side similar to that which played in their 1-1 FA Cup draw with Everton.

Centre-backs Titus Bramble (calf) and Wes Brown (knee) are still unavailable but Martin O'Neill will be more than happy to continue the pairing of John O'Shea and Michael Turner, who have been in good form recently.

Keiran Richardson could also be passed fit for the tie but a place on the bench beckons as he nears the end of his rehabilitation from his calf muscle strain.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Blackburn have failed to win in the last five meetings between the two sides.
  • Steve Kean's men have only managed to keep one clean sheet so far this season.
  • Junior Hoilett has made more successful runs than any other player in the league, with an average of 2.8 per match.
  • Both sides have only managed to win one game when their opponents take the lead first this season.
  • 51 per cent of Sunderland's shots have been from outside of the box this season, with only QPR having a higher percentage in the league.
  • Blackburn have seen 54 yellow cards and four reds - the only side with a worse disciplinary record are Chelsea, who have the same amount of reds but 57 yellows.
  • Jason Lowe is the player with the most yellow cards with nine, but Lee Cattermole is only just behind with eight.
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Available Squads
1Paul RobinsonGoalkeeper
23Martin OlssonDefender
6Scott DannDefender
31Grant HanleyDefender
10Mauro FormicaMidfielder
12Morten-Gamst PedersenMidfielder
15Steven N'ZonziMidfielder
-Marcus OlssonMidfielder
35Jason LoweDefender
23Junior HoilettStriker
-Aiyegbeni YakubuStriker
13Mark BunnGoalkeeper
5Gaël GivetDefender
16Bradley OrrDefender
8David DunnMidfielder
-Radosav PetrovićMidfielder
27Anthony ModesteStriker
25David GoodwillieStriker
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
2Phil BardsleyDefender
3Wayne BridgeDefender
6Michael TurnerDefender
16Sotirios KyrgiakosDefender
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
-David VaughanMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
10Fraizer CampbellStriker
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
1Craig GordonGoalkeeper
27Matthew Kilgallon Defender
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
7David MeylerMidfielder
27Ahmed El MohamadyMidfielder
10Connor WickhamStriker
10Dong-Won JiStriker
Players to Watch
Junior Hoilett
Junior Hoilett
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The midfielder's classy performances have carried a struggling Blackburn side and he is sure to cause some problems on Tuesday, especially with the absence of Kieran Richardson at left-back.
Nicklas Bendtner
Nicklas Bendtner
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Danish striker is starting to show signs that he has found his stride at Sunderland, with some lively performances, since the return of Fraizer Campbell.

The big forward may also cause problems for the Blackburn defence as a result of his strength and power which often causes a problem for any defence.

Prediction

I think that Martin O'Neill's men will be too much for Blackburn leave Ewood Park with a comfortable three points.

However, as we have seen many times this season, Blackburn are capable of pulling a performance off against any side, so O’Neill will be wary of the threat they pose.

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