Chelsea v Blackburn: Match Preview

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Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers; Premier League; Stamford Bridge; Sunday 13 May 2012, 15:00 KO

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Roberto Di Matteo will not risk the fitness of Chelsea defensive duo David Luiz or Gary Cahill ahead of the Champions League final later this month, and so both players will sit out Sunday's encounter.

John Obi Mikel (knee) will also miss the season finale at Stamford Bridge, as he looks to put himself in contention for the European final in Munich.

Meanwhile, Blackburn boss Steve Kean will be without defender Bradley Orr after the former QPR full-back underwent achilles tendon surgery.

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson and midfielder David Dunn are also doubtful, but Gael Givet is set to return to action in Rovers' Premier League farewell fixture.

Ivanovic eyes strong finish

Branislav Ivanovic has paid tribute to the Chelsea supporters that have stuck by the team throughout a testing campaign.

The 28-year-old defender is preparing to make his final appearance in 2011-12 against Blackburn in the Premier League on Sunday, because he will miss the Champions League final through suspension, and is hoping for the perfect send-off at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

"It was a very difficult season for us and the fans deserve the best ending they can get," Ivanovic told Chelsea's official website. "They have supported us all season, we've had some difficult times but hopefully we have passed them and the finish to the season can be great.

"It's my last game on Sunday and I am excited to play it in front of our supporters, I want to show my best and start building for next season.

"We want to finish the Premier League well, it's the last game before Munich and it will be important to get behind the players that will be playing in Germany."

Chelsea's domestic title challenge this year actually faded before Christmas, but the players have achieved some success having secured their fourth FA Cup in the past six years, following their recent Wembley win over Liverpool.

The disappointment of missing out on Champions League qualification via the Premier League at the expense of Tottenham and Newcastle is hard for Ivanovic to take, but he hopes that victory over Bayern Munich in Germany will go some way to making up for the setback.

"In the Premier League it was a long season, up and down," he conceded. "We never gained consistency in picking up points, never had a truly good run and this was the main problem.

"Next season we hope will be better in the league but this one can still end very well for us in Germany."

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