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Blackburn v W.Ham Preview

Blackburn Rovers
vs.
West Ham United

Ewood Park

10/12/2005

3pm

Blackburn will be looking to get revenge for their opening day defeat at the hands of West Ham. A mid table clash with both teams chasing Europe as well as keeping an eye on the teams below them. A win could help Blackburn climb several places.

Vital Quotes:

Alan Pardew said: 'I know Blackburn will be highly motivated for this game. We got a fantastic start to the season, Blackburn didn't and we know we will be coming up against a very motivated Blackburn team.'

Blackburn Rovers Team News:

Craig Bellamy is out with a hamstring injury. Andy Todd is serving a one match ban following his red card v Everton. (from): Friedel, Enckelman, Neill, Gray, Nelsen, Emerton, Thompson, Reid, Savage, Pedersen, Kuqi, Dickov, Mokoena, Khizanishvili, Tugay, Bentley.

Player to watch: Thompson

When fit and firing on all cyclinders, he can produce magic!

West Ham United Team News:

No news at present...

Player to watch: Marlon Harewood

Six goals to his name in the Premiership this season, and there was everyone saying he couldn't do it at this level!

Match Facts & Stats

Blackburn are 13th with 18 points.
Best case: 10th
Worst case: 16th

West Ham are 9th with 22 points.
Best case: 7th
Worst case: Realistically (unless some stunning goal difference changes) remain 9th.

This season at Upton Park: West Ham United 3-1 Blackburn Rovers (Sheringham 46, Reo-Coker 62) (Etherington 80)

Premiership record: Blackburn 7 wins, West Ham 8 wins, Draws 2
Premiership at Ewood Park: Blackburn 6 wins, West Ham 1, Draws 1

Ref Watch:

Mike Riley, 12 matches, 2 reds, 51 yellows.

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Friday December 9 2005
Time: 1:38PM

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League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
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