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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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2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
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17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
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