Blackburn v West Brom

21 January 2011 11:46
American midfielder Jermaine Jones is in line to make his debut for Blackburn after his loan move from Schalke.Steven Nzonzi is hoping to return from a groin injury. [LNB]West Brom duo Youssouf Mulumbu and Graham Dorrans have shaken off sore calf muscles suffered during last weekend's win over Blackpool. [LNB]Jonas Olsson returns from a one-match ban and will be looking to make his first Premier League appearance since October following an Achilles injury. [LNB][LNB]Blackburn[LNB]Doubtful: Nzonzi (groin) [LNB]Injured/unavailable: Andrews & Grella (both groin), Emerton (international duty), Jones (knee) [LNB]West Brom[LNB]Doubtful: Barnes (back), Fortune (groin), Ibanez & Miller (both hamstring) [LNB]Injured: Reid (knee) [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW It's 20 years since West Bromwich Albion won a game at Ewood Park. While the season would end in relegation to the third tier for the Midlands club, Blackburn fans will remember the era more fondly.[LNB] They have signed another player now and they will be playing at home so we just have to look at it as a single game because it will be a different story there to at The Hawthorns West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo That same year, in January 1991, steel magnate and boyhood Rovers fan Jack Walker took control of the club and within four years had overseen their transformation from second division strugglers to Premier League champions. [LNB]Blackburn fans were hoping the recent takeover by the Indian-owned Venky's group would see lightning strike twice, but with the appointment of novice Steve Kean as manager until 2013 and January's transfer activity so far limited to loan signings, supporters have been forced to lower their expectations. [LNB]Kean's reign has so far been mixed, but he will certainly welcome the arrival of West Brom, who provided the Scot with his first managerial scalp in December's reverse fixture. The Baggies' defensive frailties were badly exposed that day, with Rovers scoring three goals from just four shots on target, and Albion arrive at Ewood Park with the joint-worst defensive record in the top flight. [LNB]Roberto Di Matteo's side have suffered five straight defeats on their travels, but will take confidence from a much-needed three points against Blackpool last weekend that brought a halt to a woeful run of six consecutive defeats. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• West Brom have won just one of their nine Premier League encounters with Blackburn (2-0 in February 2006). The season ended in relegation. [LNB]• They haven't won at Ewood Park since a 3-0 victory in the old Division Two back in February 1991 - again, they were relegated at the end of the season. [LNB]• Blackburn's 3-1 win at the Hawthorns on 28 December was Steve Kean's first victory as Rovers boss. [LNB]• Blackburn have had a player sent off in the last three Premier League games against West Brom. [LNB][LNB] Have your say on this match Blackburn[LNB]• Rovers have lost all nine games in which they conceded the opening goal this season. They are the only one of the 92 league clubs in England to have taken no points from a game where they have gone behind. [LNB]• Blackburn have conceded 12 goals in the 15 minutes just after half-time, more than any other team in this period. [LNB]• Rovers have scored eight goals from corners, more than any other team in the top flight. And West Brom have conceded eight goals from corners, the joint-highest in the Premier League along with Aston Villa. [LNB]West Brom[LNB]• They have gone 20 matches without keeping a clean sheet in the league. Their only clean sheet in the league this season was a 1-0 home win against Sunderland on 21 August. They have the joint-worst defensive record in the top flight with 41 goals conceded (along with West Ham). [LNB]• The Baggies have missed four of their last five penalties in the Premier League. [LNB]• West Brom have lost their last five away games and have won only one of their last nine on the road (all competitions). [LNB][LNB] LEADING GOALSCORERS [LNB]Blackburn[LNB]Mame Diouf: 6 goals (3 league); Kalinic & Pedersen: 4 goals (4 league) [LNB][LNB]West Brom[LNB]Odemwingie: 8 goals (8 league); Tchoyi: 4 goals (3 league) [LNB][LNB] MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Mark Clattenburg [LNB]Assistant referees: Jake Collin & Scott Ledger [LNB]Fourth official: Peter Walton [LNB][LNB] LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS Blackburn (L0-2 v Chelsea, a): Robinson, Salgado, Nelsen, Samba, Givet, Dunn (Lowe 24), Olsson, Pedersen, Hoilett (Roberts 68), Kalinic (Santa Cruz 46), Mame Diouf. Subs not used: El-Hadji Diouf, Bunn, Mwaruwari, Hanley. [LNB]West Brom (W3-2 v Blackpool, h): Myhill, Jara, Tamas, Scharner, Cech, Mulumbu (Shorey 90), Morrison (Cox 69), Brunt, Dorrans (Tchoyi 85), Thomas, Odemwingie. Subs not used: Carson, Pablo, Bednar, Zuiverloon.

Source: BBC_Sport