Blackburn v Burnley preview

16 October 2009 11:30
Blackburn and Burnley face off on Sunday at Ewood Park in what is sure to be a full-blooded Lancashire derby. The two sides have not met in the league since 2001, although the Clarets and Rovers did cross paths in the FA Cup in 2005, with Blackburn coming out on top 2-1 in a replay on that occasion. Owen Coyle's Burnley have been the surprise package of the Premier League season so far, with a 100 per cent record at Turf Moor propelling them to a safe mid-table position. However, the Clarets have yet to pick up a point away from home this term and will have to improve their form on the road if they are going to get anything from the game. Burnley have no injury worries going into the match, and Coyle could stick with the side that triumphed over Birmingham City in their last league game. David Nugent and fans' favourite Robbie Blake are likely to continue up front, while Andre Bikey could again play in midfield after his sterling display in the centre of the park against the Blues. Bikey joined up with World Cup hopefuls Cameroon during the international break, and kept a clean sheet at the back for the Lions against Angola, but could be pushed up the pitch when the Clarets travel to Ewood Park. But the Clarets will be without Jay Rodriguez, Chris McCann and Martin Paterson for the short away trip. Blackburn newsBlackburn will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing 6-2 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in their last match at the Emirates Stadium. Sam Allardyce's defence was put to the sword by the Gunners and he will be looking for a better performance against arch rivals Burnley. But they will have to do the job without midfielder Vince Grella, who picked up a thigh strain whilst on international duty with Australia. While Grella misses out, Allardyce is set to welcome back Chris Samba and Ryan Nelsen who missed the defeat to Arsenal, while Paul Robinson has recovered from a hip injury that kept him out of the England squad. Possible starting XIs: Blackburn: Robinson, Chimbonda, Nelsen, Givet, Olsson, Samba, Dunn, N'Zonzi, Pedersen, Diouf, Di Santo Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Alexander, Caldwell, Bikey, Jordan, Elliott, Fletcher, Blake, Nugent

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