Match Preview: Blackburn vs Manchester United

Manchester United will look to capitalise on another slip-up from neighbours Manchester City, Blackburn seemed to be on the way to safety but all the teams around them won this weekend, so points here is a must for both teams.

Date: 2nd April 2012

Venue: Ewood Park

Capacity: 31,154

Referee: Howard Webb

Probable starting XIs

Blackburn Rovers: Robinson; Martin Olsson, Hanley, Dann, Lowe; Formica, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Marcus Olsson, Hoilett; Yakubu

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Young, Carrick, Scholes, Valencia; Rooney, Welbeck

Gael Givet is still doubtful with a hamstring problem for Blackburn, they also have Grella injured with a calf problem, and the home side got a shock three points when the teams met on New Year’s Eve at Old Trafford with a 3-2 victory. Blackburn have scored more league goals (43) than any other team outside the top six, however they have conceded 62 times which is the second worst in the league.

Injuries seem to be easing for the Red Devils just at the right time, the only absentees they have is Nani, who has recently started training again, and long term injuries to Anderson, Fletcher and Vidic. Manchester United on the other hand have won six league games in a row, and come into this one in good form, Dimitar Berbatov has scored eight goals in his last five games against Rovers, however it is highly likely that he will miss out again.

 

Men to watch

 

Yakubu: The big striker posed a problem last time, I expect him to make a nuisance of himself again on Monday night.

Wayne Rooney: The United hit man has netted 18 goals in 18 games and he is the away teams best bet if they want to come out on top in this one.

Last meeting: Rovers took the victory 3-2 at Old Trafford, when Manchester United played a severely weakened side on New Years Eve

My Prediction: Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Manchester United

I think the champions will just edge this one, but I don’t expect Blackburn to just roll over, they will put up a fight and prove to be a handful.

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