Blackburn v Chelsea: Goals and protests aplenty

Blackburn has the second worst defensive record in the league

Blackburn hosts Chelsea at Ewood Park on Saturday with both managers coming under fire from their fans.

A poor week for Chelsea began with a heavy defeat to local rivals Arsenal and continued with their failure to beat lowly ranked side Genk. This has escalated into some saying that this is the greatest test that manager Andre Villas-Boas has faced as a manager, even though he had great success with Porto, leading them to a league and Europa league double last season. Blackburn manager Steve Keane has basically been fighting to win over the fans since day one and with a protest expected after the game he will be hoping for three points to fend off the mob that want him out.

Going into the match Blackburn’s defensive problems continue with Ryan Nelsen, Michel Salgado and Scott Dann all still sidelined. They are also missing midfielder Vince Grella through injury. On the plus side Junior Hoilett is expected to return to the side after being forced off against Norwich last time out.

Chelsea have no new injury concerns and we should see John Terry, Frank Lampard and Juan Mata all return to the starting line-up after being rested against Genk in midweek.

Given both sides’ indifferent form as of late you couldn’t really play a ninety-minute winner selection with any great confidence. So when you analyse the stats for each side there is one thing that clearly stands out and that is the number of goals per game that each side has been involved in. Of Blackburn’s 10 games this season seven of them have produced more than 2.5 goals and eight of Chelsea’s 10 matches have also.

Blackburn has the second worst defensive record in the league shipping 23 goals in their 10 matches so far. In fact when you look at their last eight matches (including cup games) they have leaked 20 goals, which is an average of 2.5 per game. Given their injury worries in defence it does not bode well for them.

Chelsea appear to have also lost some of that solidarity at the back which has been a platform for their success over recent years and this was franked after last weekend’s game with Arsenal, where they shipped an embarrassing five goals. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Premier league matches. On the plus side they have the third best goal scoring record in the league so far this season.

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Over 2.5 Goals @ 4/7 with Sky Bet

Written By:- Dean McHugh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 04/11/2011 - 10:37 AM
Filed in:- Brighton Betting News, Brighton, Chelsea