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  • October 1, 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 24760
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Premier League Preview: Blackburn Rovers - Manchester City

Following their defeat in Munich, the title hopefuls will look for domestic medicine on Saturday, while Steve Kean will hope his side can bounce back after defeat to Newcastle


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BLACKBURN ROVERS

Robinson
Givet, Samba, Dann, Petrovic
N’Zonzi, Grella
Rochina, Formica, Hoilett
Yakubu
MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Yaya Toure, Barry
Milner, Silva, Nasri
Aguero

BLACKBURN ROVERS

Steve Kean not only has to pick his side up following their disappointing 3-1 defeat at Newcastle, but he'll need to apply bandages to his back four.

With the experienced Michel Salgado sidelined with a hamstring injury picked up at St James' Park, Gael Givet is set to feature at right back - albeit that the Frenchman has impressed in the centre-back role of late, particularly against Arsenal.

This spot will be reserved for Scott Dann, who despite nursing a knee injury from last weekend, is expected to start at Ewood Park.

Kean will be without Martin Olsson however, following his sending off for two bookable offences at Newcastle.


MANCHESTER CITY

One absentee is certain this weekend... Carlos Tevez will be nowhere near Ewood come kick-off on Saturday, having been suspended by the club.

Edin Dzeko is also expected to start from the bench, as the Bosnian serves the final stretch of his punishment following his own, albeit less controversial, petulance in Munich.

Joleon Lescott, dropped for the returning Kolo Toure in midweek, is expected to rejoin captain Vincent Kompany in defence, while Owen Hargreaves and Nigel de Jong will both have to settle for a place alongside Roberto Mancini at best, with the Italian awaiting the midfielders returns to full fitness.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Rovers have managed to keep only one clean sheet in their last eight matches at Ewood Park.

  • City meanwhile have already scored 19 league goals this season, with 10 of them netted on their travels.

  • Joe Hart is set to make his 47th consecutive Premier League appearance for City Since returning from his successful loan spell at Birmingham.

  • Manchester City’s biggest triumph in this fixture was 5-2 victory at Blackburn in 1904.

  • For Rovers, their most convincing victory over City at home came three years later, with a 4-0 win in 1907.

Players to watch

D. Hoilett

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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David Wayne Hoilett, more commonly known as 'Junior' is, without question, one of the Premier League's brightest talents. In squad which struggles with guile and flair, the 21-year-old Canadian is far and away their most technically gifted threat.

His goal against Newcastle last week, albeit a consolation, was a wonderfully struck volley which left Tim Krul with no chance.

Space will be limited for the tricky attacker on Saturday, but expect him to offer flashes of brilliance during the 90 minutes.


E. Džeko

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Edin Dzeko will have awoken on Thursday morning with a hangover-like headache of regret before gasping, 'What have I done?'.

Like a teenage boy's clumsy pursuit of his sweetheart, the Bosnian finally made the breakthrough under Mancini this season with six goals and an assist five Premier League outings.

While he may have to come on and impress from the bench following his outburst, he has the chance to show his manager that he can replace Tevez' goals, but with a much better attitude.

Editor's Prediction

As with all teams, the good ones still suffer setbacks, but it is the best sides who come back fighting.

Manchester City are, without question, a quality side, and they will show their desire and spirit with a hard-fought, but convincing, victory at Ewood. Don't rule out a moment of magic from Mr Hoilett, however.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Blackburn Rovers

Manchester City

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
Blackburn Rovers FC Blackburn Rovers
Draw
Manchester City FC MCI
Manchester City FC Manchester City
84%

Top 3 Predictions

Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
0 - 3
Manchester City FC MCI
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
0 - 2
Manchester City FC MCI
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
1 - 3
Manchester City FC MCI

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