I’m really not sure what to expect on Sunday at Blackburn Rovers. With Pascal Chimbonda and Jermaine Jenas out and Aaron Lennon looking out too, it’ll be interesting to see who manager Martin Jol selects.
I’d go with the following team: GK. Robinson, DF. Young-Pyo, Dawson, King, Assou-Ekotto, MF. Ghaly, Huddlestone, Zokora, Davids, ST. Keane, Berbatov. That should be a well balanced team which should have enough to at least get a draw at Ewood Park.
They’re without key defender Lucas Neill and Zurab Khizanishvili. Morten Gamst Pedersen is doubtful for them too, so perhaps things will even out in terms of injuries.
Two players to watch are David Bentley and Benni McCarthy – both coincidentally in my fantasy team. The latter has been in hot form and is a very good striker, so Dawson and King will have to keep their eye on him all afternoon.
They’ve also got Shabani Nonda, who was a fine player a couple of years ago. I’ve not seen him play for ages, so will be interesting to see what he can do against our defence.
After the deadful result last week we really need to get something out of this game. I really hope we can bounce back, Robbie Keane is in form after his mid-week hat-trick, so I’m really hoping he can put on a show and get us a vital win!