Blackburn v Liverpool, Tues 20:00
With both sides seeing out disappointing results over the weekend, Liverpool and Blackburn will be keen to get back to winning ways during midweek with the immediate future’s of each club hanging in the balance, as Ladbrokes offer odds against on Steve Kean’s side taking all three points at Ewood Park in their fight against Premiership relegation.
Liverpool’s failure to clinch even European football would signal yet another tier in their descent from a top European side whilst Rovers are fighting for their very survival in the English top flight.
Tuesday’s hosts sit in 18th spot but lie level on points with QPR who just about edge Blackburn on goal difference.
Steve Kean’s side will be disappointed with their 3-0 thrashing at the hands of West Brom on Saturday but currently hold the second worst defence in the Premier League, making for bad omens ahead of their midweek outing.
Liverpool have had nothing if not decent defence this campaign, conceding an average of just 1.06 goals per game this season, making them the third best defensive outfit in the English top tier.
However, goals have been hard to come by this campaign and between the suspension of Luis Suarez and the stuttering form of Andy Carroll, the Merseysiders have failed to net in 44% of their away game sin the 2011-12 term.
Kenny Dalglish’s men were slightly fortunate to salvage a draw against Aston Villa this weekend and risk falling into the bottom half of the table this week should they fail to get a result at Ewood Park.
The visitors are likely to continue with Alexander Doni in goals while Pepe Reina continues his suspension on the sidelines, a Kenny Daglish looks to juggle the side ahead of their crunch FA Cup semi final on against arch rivals Everton on the weekend. Daniel Agger could be due a recall after recovering from a six week injury layoff, while Andy Carroll could be set to start after a stint on the bench.
The Brazilian may have played a slight hand in Aston Villa’s opener on Saturday but performed decently given that it was his first game in the Premier League.
That being said, Doni might receive some defensive backup in the form of Martin Kelly, who could return from injury, while hosts Rovers are likely to name a much unchanged side for Tuesday’s encounter.