Match Preview – Blackburn (A)

FA Premiership
Sat 6th December 3pm at Ewood Park, Blackburn

It’s not often so much focus will be on a performance of the league leaders, but after a relatively poor spell Liverpool will be hoping to return to comprehensive victory as they leave the Anfield boo boys behind and travel up to Blackburn.

Around 7000 Liverpool fans are expected at Ewood Park to hopefully watch the reds maintain their Premiership lead.

Blackburn have had a difficult time of it with former red Paul Ince at the helm, and have won only once in 7 league games at Ewood Park.  They were knocked out the Carling Cup 5-3 in midweek at Old Trafford.

Their last league victory was in September against Newcastle United away.

They have played all 3 of the other big four at home. Losing 2-0 to both United and Chelsea, and 4-0 to Arsenal.

Both Robbie Fowler (on a 3 month contract) and Stephen Warnock are two ex-reds at the club.

History

Liverpool have only won 17 times in 69 trips to Ewood Park, and have only won once in the last four attempts. A 0-0 draw last November was preceded by a 1-0 defeat two season ago.

Betting

The bookies favour the reds

Liverpool 3/4
Draw 3/1
Blackburn 4/1

Relatively unimpressed by Liverpool, the bookies favoured scoreline is a 1-0 reds win. It’s a while since the reds 4-0 win over Blackburn but this can be had at 40/1.

Steven Gerrard can be had for 7/1 as first goalscorer, with Sami Hyypia – arguably the reds most dangerous player on Monday night – is at 33/1 if selected.

Paddy Power are offering an impressive free £20 bet when you place a £10 bet. Sign up here.

TV

Not shown live in the UK.  More details in the forum.

Opposition Links

Official Blackburn Website
Blackburn Football Shirts

In the Liverpool forum

Blackburn v Liverpool Pre Match Forum Discussion

6 comments on
Match Preview – Blackburn (A)

  1. Only a lunatic would dismiss Torres. El nino isn’t his name for nothing. It is hard to watch games go 0-0 with so many opportunities missed and to dominate possession believing if Ferny was playing we would be scoring, but please dont be quick to right off one of the best strikers in football. Harry Kewell he is not!

  2. Think it will be more of the same. overpriced players with sub par performances. the stats on keane are interesting and in some way makes sense why he hasn’t scored. Crouch was definitely a person who offers aerial skills. Last game Liverpool had about 18 corners sure crouchie could have scored.

    Torres looks as though he will be lucky to get 15 games played at this rate of injury he could end up like Kewell might pay to offload him to man city for a bundle.

  3. I think we would be very lucky to get that sort of money for Babel and Pennant. Your right Crouch never should have gone, what was Rafa thinking… That Torres could go through a whole season without an injury or getting sick

  4. Think Liverpool will struggle in this one. The team has become very predictable and without Torres the attack is very one dimensional.
    It was a mistake to sell Crouch as the Aerial option is not there when chasing a game. Personnally i think Robbie Keane was a complete waste of money. I have watched him play for Ireland over the years and would not rate him as top top drawer. For example, he went 4 years without scoring in an away irish game, has not scored in 6 years against a side from the top 20 in world football. It worries me that Rafa rates him so highly. I also think our full backs are very weak. Dossena does not suit a 4,4,2 system and played all his football in italy as an attacking full back in a 3,5,2 system.
    We need to win all our games in December, especially over the christmas period to allow ourselves have a platform to launch a serious title challenge. Rafa also needs to get out the cheque book and sign maybe 3 players.

    My three players would be Barry (20 million) for left back
    Heskey (5 million) different option up front and McGeady (10 million) for the right wing.

    Players out would be Pennant (5 Million) Dossena (3 million) Babel(10 million) Lucas (5 million) Voronin (2 million)

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