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Blackburn v Southampton

Ewood Park
Saturday, 9 April
Kick-off: 1500 BST

Southampton's Kevin Phillips is set to start his first game for a month.

Henri Camara was preferred as a strike partner for Peter Crouch against Chelsea last week but Phillips scored after coming on as a substitute.

Blackburn's Paul Dickov (groin) is back in contention after three weeks out and is likely to replace Jon Stead who is doubtful with a back strain.

Robbie Savage, who trained on Friday, may be on the bench after missing five games with a groin injury.

Blackburn (from): Friedel, Neill, Todd, Nelsen, Matteo, Mokoena, Johansson, Emerton, Thompson, Savage, Reid, Flitcroft, Tugay, Pedersen, Dickov, Stead, Gallagher, Johnson, Enckelman.

Southampton (from): Niemi, Delap, Lundekvam, Jakobsson, Bernard, Telfer, Redknapp, Quashie, Le Saux, Crouch, Camara, Phillips, Oakley, A Svensson, Higginbotham, Cranie, Nilsson, Davenport, McCann, Smith.

# Blackburn boss Mark Hughes:
"We know we are still a couple of wins away from safety and the sooner we get our position secured the better.

"Southampton have some good players and Harry Redknapp has done well since taking over as manager.

"But we've no need to be fearful of any team and our recent results prove we are playing well."

# Southampton boss Harry Redknapp:
"We will go into the Blackburn match in high spirits on the back of a terrific league run.

"It is going to be a real scrap but we now have a real chance of getting out of relegation.

"In my view it is all about confidence and making the players believe they can do it."

BIG-MATCH FACTS

# BLACKBURN ROVERS form the opposition for Southampton's 500th Premier League match. It pits this season's second weakest club in home Premiership matches against the second weakest away - rock bottom Norwich are the only club to be trailing in both categories.

# Rovers, who'll be playing Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final seven days after this game, are two places and six points superior to the Saints and six points above the danger line. They've become hard to beat under Mark Hughes, as exemplified in last weekend's goalless draw at Manchester United. They've conceded only one goal in the last five Premiership matches, and two goals in eight League and Cup games, keeping clean sheets in six of them. Blackburn's 31 League matches have produced 62 goals for or against, averaging exactly two per game, but Hughes knows if his side are to pick up maximum points for the eighth time in his tenure, they'll have to improve on 25 goals scored in this campaign - the bluntest attack in the top League.

# Graeme Souness was in charge of a Rovers side lacking confidence when they last entertained Southampton in February of last year. They were stung by an early strike from Kevin Phillips, but earned a point courtesy of Andrew Cole's equaliser. Rovers have won seven of the last nine home Premiership games against Saints.

# SOUTHAMPTON are aiming for a 150th win in their 250th Premiership match on the road.

# Only goal difference separates the Saints from the relegation zone. Chelsea's 1-3 victory at St Mary's last weekend ended a two match winning sequence and five game undefeated run. Three victories in 15 games under Harry Redknapp has given the Saints hope of extending their stay in the top division into a 28th consecutive season. Should the St Mary's side follow the 1-3 success at Middlesbrough in their last game on the road with maximum points in the Red Rose county, they would record back-to-back away League victories for the first time since winning at Bolton and Middlesbrough on 15 and 29 September 2001 respectively.

# An injury time penalty from James Beattie was enough to give Southampton all three points in the reverse fixture in Saints' first home game of the season, which temporarily lifted the pressure off then manager Paul Sturrock. This was the match in which referee Andy D'Urso showed two yellow cards to Barry Ferguson and failed to send him off. This was corrected after the match by the FA and D'Urso was suspended. Southampton now have the chance of a first ever 'double' over Blackburn in top flight football and third over them of all time.

Referee:
Neale Barry (Lincolnshire)

SEQUENCES/RECENT FORM

BLACKBURN ROVERS
Club stats
Fixtures
15th 33 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 13th
Lowest could fall: 16th

# Not won, nor scored in three League games - all Premiership.
# Lost one of eight League and Cup outings.
# Lowest scorers in the Premiership with 25 goals.
# Drawn 12 times in the Premiership. Only Southampton and West Brom have finished all square in that many games.
# Failed to score in 15 top League games - more than any other club. Drawn four and lost 11 when the opponents goal line has not been penetrated.
# Not won any top tier engagement when the opposition has scored first. Drawn six and lost 12 of the 18 in which the opening goal has been conceded.
# Their 31 League games have yielded 62 goals (25 for, 37 against) - that's the lowest such tally in the Premiership.
# Gone 21 highest League games since a loss by more than a single goal.
# Still holding the worst disciplinary record in the highest League (five red cards, 60 yellow).
# Gone 12 League games since conceding more than a single goal.

# Won six of the last nine home games in all competitions.
# Won only three home Premiership matches against Portsmouth, Charlton and Norwich.
# Gained 16 points at Ewood Park.
# Second weakest team in home top flight matches - leading only Norwich by two points.
# Failed to score in six home top tier encounters.

SOUTHAMPTON
Club stats
Fixtures
17th 27 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 17th
Lowest could realistically fall: 17th

# Lost two of the last three in all competitions.
# Beaten in one of the last six Premiership outings.
# Drawn 12 times in the top flight. Only West Brom and Blackburn have finished all square as often.
# Won three, drawn six and lost six Premiership games since Harry Redknapp was appointed manager.
# Scored the quickest top flight goal this season - James Beattie after 12 seconds against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 28 August.
# Opened the scoring in eight Premiership games. Only Norwich have led the way less frequently (five games).
# Lost the lead ten times in top table engagements. Only Newcastle (18) and Arsenal (11) have relinquished the advantage more frequently.
# Involved in more goalless draws in the top division than any other club, with the exception of Manchester United (five each).
# Used more players in Premiership matches than any other club (34).

# Beat Middlesbrough 1-3 in their most recent away game.
# Managed just one victory in 15 League games on the road.
# Picked up fewer points on their Premiership travels, with the exception of Norwich (six each).
# Lost more Premiership games, away from home, than any other club (11).
# Kept only two top flight clean sheets on the road (at Charlton and West Brom - both 0-0).

KEY PLAYER NOTES/POTENTIAL MILESTONES

BLACKBURN ROVERS
Squad profiles

# If he plays, Matt JANSEN will be making his 150th Premiership appearance for Blackburn.
# If selected in the eleven, Garry FLITCROFT will be making his 350th career League start.
# If on the field at kick off, Dominic MATTEO will be making his 250th career League start.

SOUTHAMPTON
Squad profiles

# Peter CROUCH needs a hat trick to total 50 career League goals.
# Jamie REDKNAPP is a hat trick short of 50 club career goals.
# For the second game in succession, Graeme LE SAUX could be facing a former club.
# Kevin PHILLIPS has scored in each of his last two appearances against Blackburn.
# Suspended: David PRUTTON

LAST SEASON'S CORRESPONDING GAME:
Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Southampton
28 February 2004 - Ref: Mike Dean
Blackburn scorer: Cole 52
Southampton scorer: Phillips 5

THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE:
Southampton 3-2 Blackburn Rovers
21 August 2004 - Ref: Alan Wiley
Southampton scorers: Phillips 32, Svensson 74, Beattie 90 pen
Blackburn scorer: Ferguson 50, Dickov 68
Sent Off: Ferguson (Blackburn) after the match

HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: Blackburn 16 wins, Southampton 17, Draws 10
Prem: Blackburn 8 wins, Southampton 7, Draws 6

HEAD TO HEAD at Blackburn
League: Blackburn 14 wins, Southampton 3, Draws 4
Prem: Blackburn 7 wins, Southampton 1, Draws 2
 

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Both teams seem to be playing well at present, and I cant seem to decide on a winner.
I'm 60-40 in favour of a Blackburn win, but I think its more likely to be a draw.
 
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