Blackburn v Bolton: Match Preview


Blackburn v Bolton

Barclays Premier League; Ewood Park; Tuesday, 20th December; 20:00.

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Blackburn will be without centre-back Scott Dann for the game after the 28-year-old was ruled out for six weeks with a ruptured testicle he suffered after scoring in the 2-1 loss against West Brom on Sunday.

Gael Givet is also out for Rovers as he continues to have treatment on a heart condition, but Junior Hoilett is available for selection having overcome a hamstring strain.

For Bolton, David Wheater is unavailable as he serves the last game of a four match suspension.

Blake heralds 'biggest game for years'

Former Blackburn and Bolton Nathan Blake has described Bolton and Blackburn’s relegation six-pointer at Ewood Park tonight as the biggest game either club has faced “for years”.

Both clubs have endured disastrous starts to the season and currently occupy the bottom two places of the Premier League.

Bolton sit at the foot of the table on nine points, five points adrift of safety while Blackburn are only a point better off after winning just two of their last 12 games in the league.

Rovers boss Steve Kean’s job has come under heavy pressure after calls from fans and local media to step down, however the Scot remains defiant and insists he has received no ultimatum from the club’s owners going into the crucial game against Bolton.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle described his side’s season as a “nightmare” so far which has seen the Trotters win just three of their first 16 games and ship 39 goals in the process.

Now Blake, who played for Bolton for three years before making the switch to Ewood Park for £4.25 million in 1998, believes the outcome of the game will have huge ramifications for both sides.

"It's a massive game anyway, but I can never remember there being so much emphasis on it," Blake told BBC Sport.

"I think the winner can go on and get out of trouble. Whoever loses, I can see it being a long season."

He added: If Bolton or Blackburn lose the game, I wouldn't say they will get relegated, but we are at the halfway point in the season now and, while the season is not won or lost in one game, it will feel like it.


"If you win the game, you draw confidence from it and it is whether or not you can go on and get another good result on the back of it. You start to build some momentum."

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