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JJB

13/12/08

3pm

Blackburn Rovers are in town today for what many pundits are predicting could be manager Paul Ince`s last game in charge

The Rovers have gone 10 games without a victory, the last win was at Newcastle on September 27th when they won 2-1 since then its been 3 draws and 7 defeats including losing their last five games.

In contrast the Latics have had a decent run of late spoilt a little last week by going down at the Emirates 1-0 all be it a little unlucky to a very shaky Arsenal side

The good news for the Latics is that Amr Zaki is back and raring to go and he has been sorely missed this last few weeks, but Wilson Palacios and Emerson Boyce are both out so we should see starts for Jason Koumas and Paul Scharner

A win today and the Latics could go as high as 8th, now that would make a nice Christmas present

Mentioning Christmas, this is the Latics last game before the 25th due to Manchester Uniteds game being cancelled with United competing in some World Club challenge, so I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas

What the bosses say:

Latics boss Steve Bruce

'I think this week is the defining week for us. If we beat Blackburn and get to 22 points before the Christmas period I'd be delighted.

'But Blackburn are always tough, and we haven't the best record against them.

'Paul Ince has fierce determination, I hope after Saturday he changes it around because he needs a bit of time.'


Rovers boss Paul Ince:

'All I can do is block it out. It is important I take the pressure away from the players and let them concentrate on 90 minutes at Wigan.

'The only way I can stop speculation is by getting three points on the board.

'I don't look at the papers, but people tell me every time you pick them up there is something about Blackburn.'



Wigan Athletic Team News:

Wilson Palacios is suspended, Emerson Boyce has a tweaked hamstring and Erik Edman isnt quite ready yet

Latics from:

Kirkland, Taylor, Bramble, Scharner, Figueroa, Valencia, Cattermole, Brown, Koumas, Camara, Zaki, Heskey, Melchiot, Kilbane, Pollitt, Kingson, De Ridder, Cywka.

Player to watch: Amr Zaki

Back after missing four games and he wioll be raring to go

Blackburn Rovers Team News:

David Dunn is available again but defender Martin Olsson has picked up a knock and is doubtful.

Aaron Mokoena and Jason Roberts will also be available.

Rovers from:

Robinson, Brown, Simpson, Ooijer, Samba, Nelsen, Emerton, Warnock, Mokoena, Olsson, Dunn, Tugay, Treacy, Pedersen, Roberts, Derbyshire, Villanueva, Santa Cruz, Fowler, McCarthy, Andrews.

Player to watch: Santa Cruz

Class act and scored a hat-trick last time he was at the JJb

Any Previous?

Last season

Latics 5-3 Rovers

15th December 2007

Total league record

Latics 1 win, Blackburn 4, Draws 1

Ref Watch:

Howard Webb (Rotherham)

Card Watch

Games - 14

Yellows - 51

Reds - 4

Match Prediction:

Heart Says Latics to win 3-0

Head says Latics to win 1-0

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday December 13 2008
Time: 10:00AM

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I dont want to see Blackburn go down but we should beat them today and comfortably
worbo
13/12/2008 10:08:00
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