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Goodison Park | 21st January 2012 15:00

Everton v Blackburn

Team News (new)

 

Everton still have plenty of players in the treatment room with Phil Jagielka (knee), Leon Osman (foot), Jack Rodwell (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (groin), Seamus Coleman (thigh) and Sylvain Distin (hamstring) all missing out against Villa last time. Ross Barkley (knee) is also yet to return.

Darron Gibson, however, could be set for his Goodison debut.

Blackburn could welcome back Scott Dann, with the ex-Birmingham City man making a quicker than expected recovery after rupturing a testicle.

His defensive partner Chris Samba is unlikely to feature however, having handed in a transfer request this week.

Former Toffee Yakubu misses the clash following his red card against Fulham.

Form (new)

 

Everton: DLWLW. Aston Villa (a), drew 1-1; Tottenham (a), lost 2-0; Tamworth (h), FA Cup, won 2-0; Bolton (h), lost 2-1; West Brom (a), won 1-0.

Blackburn: WLLWD. Fulham (h), won 3-1; Newcastle (a), FA Cup, lost 2-1; Stoke (h), lost 2-1; Manchester United (a), won 3-2; Liverpool (a), drew 1-1.

Match Stats (new)

 

- David Moyes' record against Blackburn reads: Played 22, Won 9, Drawn 5, Lost 8. Against Steve Kean, Moyes has come out on top in both previous encounters.

- Louis Saha has scored 10 career goals against Blackburn.

- Everton have won four of their last five Premier League games against Rovers.

- 90th-minute winners have been popular in this contest in recent years - three have been scored in the last seven league fixtures.

- All-time contests stand at 68 victories for Everton to Blackburn's 60. There have been 33 meetings that have finished in a tie.

- Blackburn have failed to score in four of their last six Premier League games against the Everton.

- Rovers have dropped the most points from winning positions in the league this season (14).

- Saturday's game falls on Phil Neville's 35th birthday.

What They Say

 

Victor Anichebe, after the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa: "It showed we don't give up, we fight to the end. Even when we scored the goal, we carried on going to try and get another. But we were also defensively solid. The next game's Blackburn which is good for us. We've had a lot of games recently, hopefully we can get a good result and kick on. We should be higher up the league but we've got a lot of injuries. The people that have come in: myself, Duffy, Darron, Landon, all these people - we're coming together as a team."

Rovers manager Steve Kean, after their 3-1 win against Fulham: "Psychologically, to come out of the bottom three, with a good performance and playing with 10 men, along with the environment inside the stadium, was excellent. The fans were marvelous again today and I'm sure they'll be delighted."

Last Meeting (new)

 

Blackburn 0-1 Everton, August 27, 2011: Tim Howard and Mikel Arteta were the penalty heroes back in late August at Ewood Park. The American goalkeeper saved a spot-kick before Blackburn struck the post with a second. Everton capitalised in injury time, with Arteta firing home from 12 yards after Marouane Fellaini had been fouled.

Classic Match (new)

 

Blackburn 0-3 Everton, March 30, 1996: Capping off a clean sweep of victories against the Premier League champions - including the Charity Shield win - the Toffees ran rampant on Rovers' turf.

Aided by the 3rd-minute dismissal of £3m debutant, Garry Flitcroft, the Blues were inspired by summer signing Andrei Kanchelskis. The Ukrainian-born winger bagged a brace after sub Daniel Amokachi had opened the scoring.

Us And Them (new)

 

There have been some great connections between Everton and Blackburn over the years. We've made up a full XI of players that have played for both clubs.

Our man in between the sticks is Jim Arnold, who joined the Toffees from Rovers in the early 80s, and gets the nod over Bobby Mimms.

At the back of our 4-4-2 formation are 1984 FA Cup winner John Bailey and Craig Short, with cameo Blues Lucas Neill and Lars Jacobsen.

An impressive midfield boasts former Everton captain and manager Howard Kendall and current Academy coach Alan Irvine. Edgar Chadwick joined Everton from Rovers for the very first Football League season in 1888 and he is joined by anchorman Lee Carsley.

Up top, we have goal machine Roy Vernon partnering the much-travelled 1995 Premier League champion, Mike Newell.

Ticket Info (new)

 

Tickets for this fixture are still currently available and can be purchased by calling 0878 663 1878 here.

Betting (new)

 

Everton to win@ 1.50 (1/2)

Under 2.5 goals @1.99 (just shy of evens)

Everton to win 2-1 @ 7.50 (13/2)

Everton to draw the first half and win the second half @ 4.30 (just shy of 10/3)

Victor Anichebe to score first @ 6.50 (11/2)

Landon Donovan to score first @ 6.50 (11/2)

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