Premiership Preview: Blackburn

August 6, 2007 at 10:37 am | Posted in Football, Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment


Can Robbie’s Rovers outscore everyone?

Interesting Wikipedia Fact: Early exits from the UEFA Cup, F.A Cup and League Cup were frustrating for Blackburn in 1994-95, but turned out for the best as they could concentrate on the league and the challenge with arch rivals Manchester United for the Premiership title. During the season Blackburn suffered 2 highly controversial defeats to Manchester United. Firstly Henning Berg was wrongly sent off at Ewood Park with Blackburn leading 1-0 as TV replays clearly showed he had won the ball from Lee Sharpe, with Eric Cantona equalising with the resulting penalty and Manchester United going on to win 4-2, and secondly an equaliser from captain Tim Sherwood was disallowed controversially at Old Trafford when Alan Shearer was ruled to have fouled Roy Keane in the build up, with United taking the game 1-0. Blackburn led for most of the season but a 2-1 defeat at Dalglish’s old club Liverpool on the final day of the season looked to have blown the club’s dreams to pieces. But the news came through that their arch rivals Manchester United could only manage a 1-1 draw at West Ham United and the league title was back at Blackburn Rovers for the first time since 1914. Jack Walker’s dream had come true: within five years of buying the club, he had taken them from stragglers in the old Second Division to champions of the Premier League.

Jackie’s club knowledge: Blackburn were champions? Rovers were not in the premiership when I began watching. Two years later they would sign Andy Cole and Graham Souness led them to 10th place and a league cup title. Brad Friedel is still standing, but even though the Yank is one of my favorites, I can’t stand Rovers. Benni and Morten are class, but Savage and Bentley are unbearable.

Worst Kit:


Fantasy: Blackburn could outscore all but the big four. MGP is fantasy gold and Benni McCarthy is worth the price against most opposition at Ewood. Roque Santa Cruz has to be favored to beat out Jason Roberts, but wait to be sure. Rigters and Derbyshire could also factor in which would make picking the Rover’s strikers a complete guessing game. David Bentley has gotten too expensive for my consideration and I wouldn’t go near a Blackburn defender this season.

Best and Worst Possible Finish: 7th and 12th-I am not as high on Rovers as most. Brad can’t keep saving their asses forever and even though they really can put out an extremely talented side, I’m not sure it will be enough to get them into Europe. If they end up having to sell Benni, than I’d guess 10th would be the ceiling.


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