Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

A VBer predicts

A VBer predicts

Should we be Panicking? After the Blackpool result, a few doubts have crept into the back of my mind, can we stay up? Will we go down? Right now I can't decide, so I decided to take in-depth look of our run in fixtures to predict where we will finish this season.

Now according to Steve Kean the ultimate answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42 (grats if you get the reference).

Now I've used this number for a few seasons now and it's proven to be right on most occasions, so ill base this commentary on that.

At the time of writing we are in 13th place, one point above the bottom 3, with the worst form in the premier league (except maybe Sunderland?). Our last eight fixtures are; Arsenal away, Birmingham at home, Everton away, Manchester City at home, Bolton at home, West Ham away, Manchester United at home, And Wolves away.

Now using my brain and not my heart, I can say that arsenal will most probably beat us at the Emirates, a draw would be a great result but I can't see it right now, (unless Lehman and Dunn are playing). So our tally so far is still at 33 points.

Birmingham at home is a game that could go either way, a hard game but a winnable one, so I'm going to plump for a home win (No, I have never been sectioned). So that gives us a total 36 points.

Everton away is another one that could go either way, now last time I went on a trip to Goodison Park we won, but right now Saha is on form and he can turn games. So taking this into account I'll be prudent and say a draw.

This leaves us at 37 points.

After Everton away our next game is Manchester city at home, now id love to stay we will get a draw, or even a win it but then again I said I'm using my brain for this passage, and so ill say man city will beat us. So our total will still be at 37 points.

Next is the derby against Bolton, now Bolton are flying high right now but I think we can bring them back to earth at home, we are the kings of Lancashire after all (even if we have been beat by Blackpool (ed - not quite!!!), Bolton and Wigan this season), they beat us at the Reebok and now its time for revenge, 3 points and our total will be 40 points.

That leaves us with needing 2 points from our last three games, which is going to be difficult to say the least.

Our last three games are West Ham away, Manchester United at home, and Wolves away, West Ham are our bogey team, they did us a favour with that draw to United all them seasons ago, but we have paid them back for that over the years.

West Ham are beatable (ed - bogey team however), but I'll go with a draw.

This gives us 41 points.

United at home is also a difficult game, I still say we can get a draw, and maybe a win if united have won the premiership at this point, but ill be prudent and say the premiership will go to the wire like in previous seasons. They will beat us. (Probably a dodgy penalty, or one that hasn't gone over the line).

That leaves us with Wolves away, now Wolves are in the same boat as us right now, fighting for survival.

If they have a chance of staying up they will do all they can on the last day, if they have been relegated already I'd say we will beat them, but if they haven't, I can only see us getting a draw or maybe being beat. I predict it will be a draw at the Molineux, this gives us 42 points.

And 42 is a magic number.

Now don't take this as me saying we will definitely be staying up and that there's nothing to worry about, because its not.

There are thousands of things that could happen to change my predictions, what if Robbo gets injured? What if Kean is sacked? What if the sky falls down? (More chance of happening than Grella ever being fit.)

But then again there are other things that could happen to help us, what if we do actually beat arsenal for example? Stranger things have happened before.

LHrover - Always Faithful, Sometimes Optimistic, Never Fickle.

Join The Vital Debate

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Monday March 21 2011
Time: 9:07AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Haye’s Blast


Good read!
21/03/2011 12:40:00
Good read indeed and I like your optimism. I’m of the thought that we will stay up but not with 42 points, more like 39. I think it will be more down to the other teams below us having bad run ins than us pulling clear. Having had a look through all final fixtures for the teams below us I reckon the following: Wigan – down. West Ham at home is the only “banker” you could say for sure. Birmingham – safe. Have enough winnable home games left you would think. Aston Villa – safe. Plenty of quality even if on a bad run. Home games look winnable. Blackpool – down. I just think they will get caught out with their defensive weaknesses and a not ideal run in. West Brom – down. Really harsh looking run and will need away results to save them. West Ham – safe. Will be close but think they’ve turned a corner and can pick up enough points. Wolves – safe. Battling hard and have a decent run of home games left – including us! Please note I have no ill will towards any of these teams and no preference who goes down – apart from Rovers!
21/03/2011 13:22:00
As always admire your faith, but on stats which don't lie, i can't see how we can assume we will get 1 more point never mind enough to stay up. As each week goes by, the pressure mounts for each club involved in the race for survival. Its how those players dal with that pressure. The table can change each week and will do, but if 3 or 4 teams put back to back wins together any team could findthemselves cut adrift so very quickly. E.g if we won our next 2 fixtures the panic be over, however if its the teams around us that get them results and we don't then we may find oursleves trying to eat up ground which is near impossible. No point looking further than our next fixture IMO, cos we can't rely on latter fixtures to save us. We need to try and get wins now, win our next 3 games and relax, I would not want to go into our last fixture requiring points to stay up or indeed relying on others to get us out of this mess. We got ourselves in this, and us and only us can get us out of it, that must start with a win at Arsenal. If we are a club deserving of Premiership status then we need to go to Arsenal and win. Nothing less will do, If we can't get 3 points against teams like Stoke, West ham and Blackpool then we need to get them from somewhere else, and that somewhere better be Arsenal
21/03/2011 13:29:00
I am with you here LH... back the boys! :)
Mikey Delap
21/03/2011 15:13:00
nice article, 42 at least! and agreed Glen- the points at Arsenal while bloody difficult, need to be played for
22/03/2011 03:07:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Now Manchester United Coach Is Linked!

The latest name being touted as Paul Lambert's possible replacement is Manchester United's U21 coach Warren Joyce with a request for permission to speak him being 'considered?'

Fulham Show Hanley Interest?

Derby's interest in Hanley might have been 'played down' now Fulham are being linked with a £2.5m for the Scottish international?

Blackburn Or Forest For Warnock? Davies An Option?

Reports claimed Warnock was at the middle of a 'tug of war' between Blackburn & Nottingham Forest? He's 'an option' for both but former Forest boss Davies could be for Rovers?

Blackburn - FL Dates 2016/17 (23/5/16)

The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

Archived Vital Blackburn Articles

Vital Blackburn articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
no email
Mikey Delap
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Reading MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Jordi Gomez1%
Sub - Evans1%
Sub - Jackson1%
Sub - Conway1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Blackburn Rovers Results (view all)

Blackburn Rovers Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table