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Ewood Park | 27th August 2011 15:00

Blackburn Rovers v Everton

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Everton welcome back Russian winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov following the completion of his three-match ban. Billy was sent off at West Brom in the penultimate game of last season but is likely to return to the squad for the trip to Ewood Park.

Mikel Arteta and Marouane Fellaini both played the full 90 minutes against Sheffield United in the Carling Cup victory over Sheffield United and will be hoping to retain their starting place on Saturday.

The Blues are without long-term absentee Seamus Coleman, while Magaye Gueye (broken toe) is also sidelined.

Blackburn manager Steve Kean could welcome back Chris Samba, who has been struggling with a groin injury.

New signings George John and Simon Vukcevic could be involved as long as the paperwork is processed in time.

Form



Blackburn have picked up where they left off last season, in losing their first two matches. They went down 2-1 at home to Wolves and then floundered further at Villa Park – a 3-1 defeat leaving them struggling in the bottom three.

Everton lost their league opener against QPR at Goodison Park on Saturday.

But both teams picked up their first victory of the campaign on Wednesday night in the Carling Cup. Everton beat Sheffield United 3-1 at home, and Rovers matched that scoreline against Sheffield Wednesday.

Match Stats



1. Blackburn Rovers have won just two of their last 16 Premier League a games, a record stretching back to January 23.

2. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov will make his 50th league appearance for Everton if he plays at Ewood Park.

3. Everton's 3-2 win at Ewood Park in April 2010 was their only win at Blackburn in their last five attempts.

4. Everton manager David Moyes took charge of eight games against fellow Glaswegian bosses last season, his record was two wins, four draws and two defeats.

5. The Blues have the edge in the overall head-to-head between the clubs going into their 161st meeting on Saturday. Everton have won 67 meetings, compared to Blackburn's 60 - there have been 33 draws.

What They Say



Victor Anichebe (Everton): "We're really looking forwarded to the game, the likes of Mikel and Felli are coming back to fitness and hopefully they can play.

"I know the fans were disappointed at the weekend because we didn't perform as well as we should have but now we need to get a good result against Blackburn."

Ruben Rochina (Blackburn): "It was important to win against Sheffield Wednesday, it's a great result for the team.

"As players we want to have winning mentalities and this result will hopefully kick start our season. It is important that we now take this win into the Everton game on Saturday."
 

last meeting



Everton 2 Blackburn 0, April 16, 2011. Everton maintained the pressure on the sides above them in the Premier League with a convincing and straightforward home victory. The Blues sparked into life in the second half of a contest that had offered little in the opening period, with goals from Leon Osman and Leighton Baines (pen) sealing a thoroughly warranted three points.
Classic match



Blackburn 2 Everton 3, April 17, 2010. The Blues had to carve out the lead three times to take the points. Stephen Nzonzi and Jason Roberts cancelled out goals from Mikel Arteta (pen) and Yakubu to seemingly earn a point. But the Yak, who had scored 22 seconds after coming on, set up Tim Cahill for a dramatic late clincher.

Us and Them



This week we asked the over 170,000 Blues fans who like the Club's official Facebook page to help us out with a list of players that have represented both Everton and Blackburn Rovers.

There were plenty of responses and we've been able to name a team and substitutes of ex-Blues and Blackburn players.

We've gone for an ambitious 3-4-3 formation, with Jim Arnold in goal and a defence of Craig Short, Lars Jacobsen and John Bailey.

The midfield is not short of creativity with current Academy manager Alan Irvine, joined by the legendary Howard Kendall, Duncan McKenzie and Lee Carsley.

There's goals in the front three with Fred Pickering, Roy Vernon and Mike Newell leading the line.

There would be plenty of attacking options on the bench with James Beattie, Mark Hughes, Franny Jeffers and Marcus Bent joining Australian defender Lucas Neill in reserve.

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