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Kick off: 15:00

Blackburn face Aston Villa at Ewood Park as both teams look to end their recent run of bad form.

The home side will be hoping for a much needed win as they currently occupy the final relegation spot on goal difference. Steve Kean will be urging his men to bounce back from last week’s embarrassing display to Man City and take all three points against an Aston Villa side who are struggling to find any real form under Alex McLeish. Villa have won just two of their last ten league games and find themselves in 15th position, 8 points off Blackburn in the relegation zone.

A win for Rovers would lift them out of the bottom three, and narrow the gap between them and Villa.

Both sets of fans have been critical of their sides of late and a section of the Rovers faithful are again to hold protests before the game, directing their frustration at Indian owners Venky’s, whom they believe are not fit to run the club. As for the Villa fans they are unhappy with the recent run of form under Alex McLeish.

Rovers go in to the game with the worst defensive record in the league but have netted a total of 37 goals in the league so far, only the top six and Norwich have scored more. Paul Robinson will be hoping to achieve his first clean sheet of the season as Rovers face a Villa side short of goals. Agbonlahor was the last available striker to score, back in November.

Blackburn will welcome back local lad David Dunn and the influential Steven Nzonzi who was hugely missed in the centre of the park against City last week.

Martin Olsson is a doubt for Rovers after suffering knee and ankle injuries during the week and Jason Lowe and Gael Givet will complete their suspensions.

Villa will be without Darren Bent as he suffered a season-ending injury last week and Robbie Keane has returned to the USA following his loan spell at Villa Park.

March will make or break Blackburn’s season, with games against Villa, Wolves, Sunderland and Bolton, all of which the Lancashire side are capable of winning. If they do so then survival will be a realistic aim, despite being bottom of the league at Christmas.

Head-to-Head

  • Rovers have won the last two league meetings at Ewood Park.
  • Villa have won four of the last five competitive fixtures against Rovers.
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