Premier League Preview: Blackburn Rovers versus Hull City
Ewood Park, Blackburn, England—Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, 20:00 GMT.
When the Blackburn visited the KC Stadium in Dec. 2009, the two famous old clubs battled valiantly but both clubs cancelled each other out with the tie ending as a goalless draw.
This time the Tigers travel along the M62 to take on Blackburn Rovers in the wake of two fantastic performances at the KC Stadium. Phil Brown's side comfortably beating Manchester City and gaining a massive draw against league leaders Chelsea.
Sam Allardyce's Blackburn team are coming off the back of a 3-0 dismal thumping by Stoke City at the weekend and will be looking to get back to winning ways.
Big Sam may try shaking things up for his out of sorts Riversiders, with top scorer David Dunn still unfit and Christopher Samba suspended after receiving a red card against the Potters.
The Yorkshiremen will still be without the services of Jimmy Bullard and club captain Ian Ashbee, and Dean Marney and Kamel Ghilas still not fit. The Tigers Brazilian playmaker, Geovanni has been in Portugal receiving for a medial ligament trouble but the game against Phil Brown's old friend Allardyce may be a week too soon.
However, with the fine performances that Brown's team has put on this past week it is unlikely the Hull City boss will make any changes. The Tigers high tempo play was enough to dispatch European hopefuls Manchester City, so Brown will be hoping for more of the same.
For Allardyce, his team's form has been hit and miss of late and he will be praying that his team can get back on track after back to back victories against Fulham and West Ham in mid-January. Unfortunately, Rovers have been struggling to find their feet despite some decent performances.
Needless to say for both clubs this match will be very important as both will feel this is a winnable fixture, but with the Tigers having the worst away form in the Premier League, Blackburn will be hoping for another important victory.