Despite a turbulent campaign on and off the pitch, Blackburn have hit form at the business end of the season, with the midweek victory at Millwall their third win in four games. A disastrous run of nine winless matches prior to that had plunged Rovers into a relegation battle, but three points against Palace would secure their Championship survival. Gary Bowyer’s men will be determined to get a result today to avoid any final day nerves, when they face a tricky trip to Birmingham City.
Rovers have lost just once in their last eight home games – their only defeat coming in a 3-2 reverse against fellow strugglers Peterborough at the start of March. They will go in search of a third straight home win this weekend.
Star striker Jordan Rhodes has found the net in four of the last five matches at Ewood Park – but the former Huddersfield hitman has never scored against the Eagles.
Blackburn: Rovers have a number of injury worries, with Paul Robinson, Jake Kean, Adam Henley, DJ Campbell and Dickson Etuhu all ruled out for the remaining two games of the season. Colin Kazim-Richards suffered a shoulder injury in the win over Millwall and will be assessed today. David Dunn is also a major doubt after suffering a gash in the same match, while Jason Lowe (knee), Markus Olsson (hamstring) and Gael Givet (hamstring) all face late fitness tests. Martin Olsson and David Bentley remain doubtful with ankle and knee injuries respectively, while striker Leon Best serves the second game of his three-match suspension, following a stoppage time red card against Watford on Saturday.
Crystal Palace: Skipper Mile Jedinak returns to the squad after completing his two-match suspension for picking up ten yellow cards. Owen Garvan could be in contention after four months on the sidelines with a knee injury, while Jonny Williams may also return to the starting line-up following the knock that ruled him out of the draw with Leicester. Jonny Parr will miss the remaining three games of the season, while Paddy McCarthy remains out.
Referee: Philip Gibbs
Assistants: Danny Gratton and Robert Merchant
Fourth Official: Darren Bond
PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS AT EWOOD PARK
The clubs first met in August 1966, following Blackburn’s relegation from the old Division One. After beating Palace’s local neighbours Charlton three days previously, Rovers made it two straight wins with a 2-1 victory over the Eagles.
Palace won at Ewood Park for the first time in April 1969, but failed to repeat that feat until a 1-0 victory 16 years later. That was the first of three consecutive wins for the Eagles at Ewood.
Blackburn triumphed 3-1 in the first leg of the Division Two playoff final 3-1 in May 1989, but the Eagles turned the tie around by winning 3-0 at Selhurst Park to gain promotion, thanks to an Ian Wright brace and a David Madden penalty.
The teams have only clashed four times at Ewood Park as top flight opponents with Palace coming out on top on just one of those occasions, when Chris Armstrong and Simon Rodger bagged the goals in a 2-1 win in February 1993. That was one of only five away wins recorded by Palace in the entire 1992/93 campaign, as they suffered relegation in the inaugural Premier League season.
That victory was also Palace’s last at Ewood Park, with Blackburn winning three and drawing two of the last five meetings on their turf.
The Eagles’ last trip to Blackburn came as a Premier League club in April 2005, when Morten Gamst Pedersen fired the only goal of the game. Palace, under the stewardship of Iain Dowie, were again relegated from the top flight after a final day draw at Charlton, on what became known as ‘Survival Sunday.’
HEAD TO HEAD (home and away)
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Senior Concessions 65+ years £12.00
Juniors aged 15yrs and under £5.00
(For supporters information Row 4 is lowest to the front)
Depart at 8.15am
Season ticket holders/members £35.00
Will all supporters please note that Blackburn Rovers will not under any circumstances issue refunds to any visiting supporters on the day of the game. Should a visiting supporter require a refund then their ticket(s) must be returned to the CPFC ticket office the day prior to the match
Supporters purchasing a concession ticket please note that turnstile operators may challenge anyone considered not to be a genuine concession they will be asked to provide proof of age. If a supporters is unable to provide proof of age then access to the stadium will not be granted.
INFORMATION FOR AWAY FANS
Away fans are housed in the Bryan Douglas Darwen End at Ewood Park, which is shared with home supporters. If you have not bought a ticket in advance, then you need to buy one from the away supporters ticket office at the ground as you can't pay on the turnstiles. The ticket office is located on the corner of the Darwen End & the Jack Walker Stand.
The refreshment areas at the stadium are opened 90 minutes before kick off and close 15 minutes into the second half. If you are looking to eat something prior to entering the ground, then there is a baker in Bolton Road selling hot pies from one of its windows.
The traditional haunt of away fans, the Fernhurst, is currently closed on matchdays. There is the Golden Cup pub which is further on past the Fernhurst heading away from the ground, on Bolton Road, tucked in by the motorway bridge. On the other side of the motorway on the same road is the Anchor Hotel, which is also used by away fans.
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