West Brom v Blackburn

27 December 2010 01:06
West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt sits out the game after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Bolton.Jerome Thomas looks set to deputise if he recovers from illness, while top scorer Peter Odemwingie should play despite nursing an ankle injury. [LNB]Blackburn boss Steve Kean must decide whether to play fit-again Chris Samba, days after stripping the wantaway defender of the captaincy. [LNB]El-Hadji Diouf could also be recalled having being dropped against Stoke. [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW It's fitting that the final curtain of a successful 2010 for West Brom should come in front of their own fans at The Hawthorns.[LNB] 2010 has been a very good year for the club. We haven't lost many games, we have scored a lot of points and done a lot of good stuff Roberto Di Matteo, West Brom manager Many Baggies supporters will be sorry to see the back of the year after the club completed a record points haul en route to promotion. Results may have tailed off of late but the Baggies have impressed on their return to the big time, and taken some memorable scalps with wins at both Arsenal and Everton. [LNB]Still, there is no time for Di Matteo to be too sentimental, and he has already turned his attentions to the January transfer window as he bids to ensure that the club stay at the top table of English football. He admits to largely being happy with his squad but is expected to make the odd tweak, with reported interest in a robust-style striker. [LNB]New Blackburn boss Steve Kean is a man who looks destined to be a lot busier than most in early 2011. Not only does he have that much-documented £5m burning a hole in his pocket, but he is also desperate to repay the faith shown in him by the club's owners, who have placed him in charge until the season ends. [LNB]Defeat at home to Stoke on Boxing Day left Kean with just one point from his opening two games as Rovers boss. His side now face trips to West Brom and Sunderland as they go in search of that elusive first win. Blackburn kick-off just five points away from seventh place, the position targeted by the club's owners; however, they are also only six points above the relegation zone. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• West Brom and Blackburn have met 108 times in league history. Rovers hold the edge with 44 victories, opposed to 38 for the Baggies. [LNB]• Four of the last six encounters between the sides have ended in draws, including both Premier League matches in 2008/09, prior to West Brom's relegation. [LNB]• Blackburn have not won at The Hawthorns in their last three attempts. Their only ever Premier League victory came in September 2002, Dwight Yorke and Damien Duff scoring in a 2-0 win. [LNB][LNB] Are West Brom and Blackburn heading towards the relegation zone? West Brom[LNB]• Defeat on Boxing Day left West Brom with six defeats from their last nine league games. [LNB]• Victory over Newcastle at the start of the month ended a two-match losing streak at The Hawthorns. [LNB]• The Baggies have kept only two clean sheets in their last 16 Premier League home games - both came against Sunderland. [LNB]Blackburn[LNB]• Rovers have lost each of their last three Premier League away games, and conceded 13 goals in the process. [LNB]• Blackburn have scored in all but three league matches this season. [LNB]• Rovers are two points better of than at this stage last season. [LNB][LNB] LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS West Brom (L0-2 v Bolton, a): Carson, Jara, Tamas, Scharner, Cech, Mulumbu (Cox 85), Tchoyi, Dorrans, Brunt, Morrison (Miller 70), Odemwingie. Subs not used: Myhill, Shorey, Pablo, Reid, Barnes. [LNB]Blackburn (L0-2 v Stoke, h): Robinson, Salgado, Nelsen, Givet, Olsson, Emerton, Hanley, Dunn (Hoilett 65), Pedersen, Mame Diouf, Kalinic. Subs not used: Bunn, El-Hadji Diouf, Linganzi, Doran, Mwaruwari, Morris.

Source: BBC_Sport