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  • 21 January 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 32464

Everton – Blackburn Preview: Steve Kean’s side look to build on Fulham victory against weakened Toffees backline

Rovers have only won four games this season, but scored at least three goals in each of those matches, with Shane Duffy once again set to deputise in defence for the hosts


Neville, Heitinga, Duffy, Baines
Gibson, Fellaini
Drenthe, Cahill, Donovan

Olsson, Samba, Hanley, Henley
Pedersen, Dunn, N'Zonzi, Formica
Hoilett, Rochina
Everton are light in defence, with young Shane Duffy set to deputise at centre-back once again, with Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka both out injured. New signing Darron Gibson is likely to go straight into the starting XI, with Leon Osman out due to a knee problem and Jack Rodwell also unlikely to overcome a hamstring strain in time to feature.

Blackburn will have to deal without their talisman Yakubu, with the Nigerian striker missing out on the trip to his former club following his red card in Saturday's 3-1 victory over Fulham.

Whilst doubts remain over the futures of Christoper Samba, Steven N'Zonzi and Junior Hoilett, all three are set to be included in the line-up at Goodison Park, although the game is likely to come too early for defender Scott Dann to make his return from a ruptured testicle.

  • In the last meeting between the two sides at Goodison Park in April of last year, Everton emerged 2-0 winners, with Leighton Baines and Leon Osman on target.
  • In their last 10 meetings, the Toffees have won four, with Blackburn winning three and three ending in a draw.
  • Rovers have won 20 times in 82 meetings between these sides at Goodison Park, with the home side winning 46.
  • Blackburn’s top goalscorer this season is former Everton striker Yakubu with 13 goals, while Everton’s leading marksman is Leighton Baines (right) on 4.
  • The Merseyside outfit have scored just 21 league goals this season despite averaging 10.12 shots per game.
  • Steve Kean's side have won just four Premier League games this season, scoring at least three in those victories.
  • Blackburn have dropped more points from winning positions than any other Premier league side this season.
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Players to watch

L. Donovan

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Big things are expected of the American since returning to Goodison Park for another loan spell, but so far he has failed to open his goalscoring account. Blackburn have struggled defensively this season and the goal-shy Toffees will be relying on a big performance from Donovan to secure all three points.

D. Hoilett

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Canadian forward is being linked with a move away from the club as he continues to impress for Rovers, and with just 6 months remaining on his current deal, the top clubs are circling. With Yakubu out suspended, the main goal-threat will fall onto Hoilett’s shoulders, and he has the ability to hurt an Everton defence that is not at full strength.

Editor's Prediction

The home side will be under big pressure to secure all three points against a team that is fighting relegation, though with both sides missing key players, I expect Blackburn to go all out for the three points. Steve Kean’s men play with no fear and although they will be likely to concede, they will not have their confidence knocked and I fancy then to get a result against Everton.

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