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  • 7 April 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: L. Probert
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West Brom - Blackburn Preview: Hodgson's team look to stop slide and end four-game winless streak

The Baggies, having lost three of their last four games, have slipped down the table and will be hoping for a morale-boosting win against the relegation-threatened Rovers


PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST BROM

Foster
Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Tchoyi, Scharner, Mulumbu, Brunt
Long, Odemwingie

BLACKBURN ROVERS


Robinson
Orr, Dann, Hanley, Martin Olsson
Pedersen, N’Zonzi
Jason Lowe, Junior Hoilett, Marcus Olsson

Yakubu

West Brom’s Jerome Thomas has failed in his race to be fit for this weekend’s clash after he was ruled out with an ongoing knee problem. However, the Baggies' winger does look likely to be fit for Wednesday’s game away at Manchester City.

There was better news, however, for Chris Brunt who is expected to be fit despite struggling with tonsillitis.

James Morrison remains a long-term absentee with a knee injury whilst Steven Reid (ankle), Zoltan Gera (knee) and Martin Fulop (ear infection) all miss out too.

For Blackburn, Gael Givet has been declared fit after suffering with a hamstring injury, but Vince Grella and Michel Salgado, who have hip and rib injuries respectively, are definite absentee’s for Steve Kean’s side.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • West Brom have lost six of their last nine Premier League games at home.
  • Blackburn have won just two of their last 15 Premier League away games.
  • The last time Rovers lost three games in a row was in December.
  • In the previous two Premier League games at the Hawthorns between the sides, there have been three red cards.
  • The Baggies have only won two of the 11 Premier League games against Blackburn.
  • Roy Hodgson’s side would be 17th and clear of the drop-zone on goal difference if only home games stood this season.
  • Rovers have conceded 21 goals from crosses – that is more than any other Premier League side this season.
  • Paul Robinson (pictured right) has the lowest saves-to-shots ratio amongst Premier League goalkeepers this season at 56%.

Editor's Prediction

Baggies fans will be expecting a much improved performance than their last home game when they were comprehensively beaten by Newcastle 3-1.

But despite losing two games on the bounce, Rovers' belief has not waned and Kean’s side have the potential to cause Albion problems.

This game is likely to be tight, but with Odemwingie and Long in attack the Rovers’ defence is the likelier of the two to creak and that is why I believe Hodgson’s side will end their four-game winless streak and grab all three points.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

West Bromwich Albion

Blackburn Rovers

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
West Bromwich Albion FC West Bromwich Albion
Draw
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
Blackburn Rovers FC Blackburn Rovers
34%
19%
47%

Top 3 Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
0 - 3
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
2 - 1
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
1 - 1
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR

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