Bolton v Blackburn Sat 15:00
In a fixture that will undoubtedly have a massive bearing on who sees the drop come season’s end, Blackburn will make the trip to the Reebok Stadium this weekend as Victor Chandler offer odds against Steve Kean’s side, who are on the back of a three-match unbeaten streak that Rovers fans haven’t been able to enjoy as often as they’d like this season.
The Ewood Park outfit now sit in 16th place and are five points away from the relegation zone after gaining seven points from their last possible nine.
Following on from Tuesday’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Sunderland, Steve Kean’s team will be looking to strengthen their push for survival even further and condemn Bolton to the drop.
The Trotters have spent the last week in the headlines and are still reeling from the tragic events surrounding Fabrice Muamba, who fell victim to cardiac arrest against Tottenahm last weekend.
Recent revelations regarding the event claim that the midfielder was ‘clinically dead’ for 78 minutes, leading for the media to refer to Muamba as ‘the miracle man’.
Owen Coyle has answered questions all week about whether or not his side are mentally ready to return to action and while he admits that his squad will be psychologically affected, the Scot is adamant that they will be prepared.
The Trotters could welcome Chris Eagles and Joe Riley back into the line-up after short periods on the sidelines with injury.
Blackburn have no injury concerns to worry about and statistics would appear to go in the favour of the Lancashire club, spelling out a win for the away team.
Steve Kean’s side have put in some impressive performances in recent weeks, with two victories over Sunderland and Wolves hauling them away from the relegation trapdoor and Rovers now have a five point cushion in place, much to do with the contributions of striker pairing Junior Hoilett and Yakubu, with the former reportedly attracting the attention of a number of top Premiership clubs.