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Fulham visit Blackburn ~ Ch. Match Preview

last updated Friday 30th January 2015, 6:05 PM

Fulham Manager Kit Symons
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Delight quickly turned to disappointment as Blackburn Rovers suffered defeat on their return to Championship action earlier this week.

Just a few days after causing a shock by beating Swansea City 3-1 in the FA Cup, Rovers slipped to a 2-0 loss as Darren Bent fired Derby County to victory.

Gary Bowyer will be hopeful that his side can get back to their best this weekend as they welcome Fulham to Ewood Park, but it's not just on-field matter that have been stealing the headlines this week.

As Bowyer looks to keep his squad focused on their Championship form, the Blackburn boss has been forced to accept that both Rudy Gestede and Jordan Rhodes could leave the club before Monday's transfer deadline.

In truth, without the striking duo Blackburn probably wouldn't be sitting in 10th position with an outside chance of reaching the playoffs this season, but a possible promotion bid will receive a huge boost if the club manage to keep hold of them.

Both players were on the bench in the loss to Derby, but they could be recalled as they look to get the better of a Fulham side that are unbeaten in four matches in all competitions.

Fulham head into the weekend just two points behind Blackburn as they jostle for position in mid-table, and they received a boost with the completion of deals off the pitch this week.

Highly-rated centre back Dan Burn signed a new one-year extension with the club, while Jazz Richards could be set for his debut after joining on loan from Swansea.

A goalless draw with Sunderland in the FA Cup should have kept the squad's confidence high a week a go, but Kit Symons is likely to make changes for the return to league action.

Ross McCormack, Hugo Roallega and Burn are among the names who could return to the starting lineup for the Cottagers, who could be in the top half by the end of the weekend.


  • Blackburn have won each of their last two games against Fulham.

  • Fulham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 league encounters with Rovers

  • Blackburn have won 8, drawn 2 and lost 3 of the last 13 stagings of this fixture, outscoring their opponents by 21 goals to 12.

  • Blackburn Rovers

  • Last weekend, Rudy Gestede scored his first goal in all competitions at Ewood Park since 1 November.

  • The Tangerines are winless in five (D2, L3), scoring only two goals in the process.

  • Blackburn have kept a clean sheet in 35% of their last 20 home games.

  • Blackburn have won 45%, drawn 35% and lost 20% of their last 20 home games.

  • Blackburn have scored first in 40% of their last 20 home games.

  • Blackburn top scorers are Rudy Gestede (13) and Jordan Rhodes (9)

  • Fulham

  • Only Blackpool (50) and Carlisle (49) have conceded more goals in the top-four tiers this term than Fulham (47).

  • Hugo Rodallega has gone six games without scoring for the Whites, his longest goalless spell of the season.

  • Fulham have kept a clean sheet in 5% of their last 20 away games.

  • Fulham have won 20%, drawn 20% and lost 60% of their last 20 away games.

  • Fulham have scored first in 25% of their last 20 away games.

  • Fulham top scorers are Ross McCormack (10) and Hugo Rodallega (9)

Source Callum Mulvihill at SportsMole/BBCSports/KickOff
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