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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Blackburn Rovers v Spurs: Can Rovers complete a north London double?


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Blackburn v Spurs

A few weeks ago basement boys Blackburn recorded their only league win of the season against struggling Arsenal. This afternoon Steve Kean's men entertain high flying Tottenham Hotspur, but can they complete a remarkable north London double at Ewood Park?

Everything points to an overwhelming no. Bar their Carling Cup exit at the hands of Stoke on penalties, Spurs haven't lost since Manchester City put five past them at the end of August, they've won their past four clashes with Blackburn and the home side currently prop up the league table.

However, the magic of the Premier League is that struggling teams can always upset the odds and pull out a result when the world least expects it. But Steve Kean is fighting on all fronts. Not only is he battling for points against Spurs, he is battling to save his job.

Angry Blackburn fans are planning another protest urging the board to axe the struggling Scot from his post, but the Venky's insist Kean is the right man for the job. Victory over Harry Redknapp's men would ease the pressure on the manager's head for a while, but once you lose the backing of the fans there really is only one way out.

Spurs will see this as a winnable game, one that will keep them in the hunt for a Champions League finish, while Blackburn desperately need to pull something out of the bag. Victory would give everyone a huge lift. Defeat though could spell the end for their manager. Our panel of esteemed pundits don't hold out much hope for Kean.

Blackburn Rovers v Spurs; Kick off 3pm October 23 2011

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Don McMahon

1

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

2

Blackburn

Terry Kennedy

2

V

1

Bolton

Dave Blackburn

1

V

2

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

0

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

2

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

3

Liverpool

Mark Williams

1

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

0

V

1

Man Utd

Peter Lee

0

V

2

Newcastle

Michael Stout

0

V

2

Norwich City

Sue Read

0

V

4

QPR

Arjun Swaminathan    

2    

V    

2

Stoke City

Philip Eccleston

1

V

2

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

3

Tottenham

Mike Richards

1

V

2

Swansea

Jim White

1

V

1

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

0

V

2

Wigan

Alan Moore

0

V

2

Wolves

Chris Cox

0

V

2

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

1

V

4

Writer

Steve Coulter

0

V

2

Writer

Phil Bundy

0

V

2

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

2

Writer

Matt Turner

0

V

2

Writer

Chris Pettitt

0

V

2

Writer

Hugh Larkin

0

V

2

Aston Villa fan

Lynette Ranson

0

V

2

Blackpool fan

Phil Trow

1

V

2

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

1

V

2

Fulham fan

Russell Goldman

0

V

2

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

0

V

3

West Ham fan

Matthew Beeby

0

V

3

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

1

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

1

V

2

Panel Verdict

Spurs are nailed on for the win here.

Home: 2; Draw: 5; Away: 29.

* Do we have it right or do you know better? We’d love to hear from you.

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