Match Preview: Blackburn Rovers vs Leicester City

Sometimes there are facts that mean virtually nothing but are worth sharing for their curious symmetry. This match features just such a statistic. Blackburn’s next goal at Ewood Park will be their 1400th home league goal at this level. Leicester’s next away goal will be their 1400th on the road at this level. Satisfying.

Returning to more tangible numbers, Nigel Pearson’s team selection will do more to shed light on his intentions for some within the squad. Andy King (96 minutes played in all competitions), David Nugent (85 minutes) and Neil Danns (12 minutes) will all be hoping for their first start of the campaign.

The impact of King and Nugent at Charlton in the second half may well lead Pearson to make a double change to his starting lineup. But away from home the more combative Danns could still edge out King. Fans will no doubt pounce on any ill advised postings on social networks should any of the trio find themselves on the bench.

That second half at Charlton might have been cause for concern in terms of chances missed, but in this department Blackburn have more issues at the moment. Leicester have six players off the mark already. Blackburn have Colin Kazim-Richards – and he’s a major injury doubt.

And despite a clean sheet at home to Hull on Saturday, Leicester are still facing a side that last season conceded more league goals in front of their own fans (33) than any Rovers team since 1965/66.

But like The Valley, Ewood Park has not been a happy hunting ground in the past for the Foxes. Leicester haven’t won here since 1997 – a 4-2 final day victory so miraculous not even the presence of Frank Rolling at centre-back could stop it.

Frankly any win will do.

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