20/03/2015

Blackburn v Brighton Match Preview

After a disappointing loss against Brentford on Tuesday evening, Blackburn Rovers will be looking to revive their form and win three points against Brighton on Saturday. 

Tuesday saw Rovers take the lead twice with goals from Rudy Gestede and Chris Taylor, but the blues just didn't seem to have the energy to compete with a fast paced Bees team. 



The last time Blackburn beat Brighton was in 1992, with the match finishing 3-0. The last four out of five matches resulting in draws, most recently a 1-1 draw at the Amex back in November. Gary Bowyer has said of the match: "It is going to be a difficult one, but one that we've got to bounce back from."

90 Minutes More spoke to @bhafckieran - a Brighton supporter and blogger, to find out how the opposition are viewing the match. 

"As soon as the fixture at Ewood comes to mind, I always know we won't win. It's fair to say it's not my favourite game of the season, but at least it's not on a Tuesday night like last time. It's normally a draw, and considering we haven't scored a goal away from open play in three away matches, it will be a typical Blackburn v Brighton match.
"We're pretty bad away from home, so I expect us to struggle like we did against Reading. I would take a draw now, as long as Wigan and Rotherham fail to win."

This time last season Brighton were eighth in the table, while a year later they sit 19th.

"Sam Hyppia took over, and he was pretty hopeless - Hughton has helped us improve, but it's no way near good enough compared to last season. It's all down to Hyppia.

"I think the reason Blackburn tend to struggle against us is down to how strong our defence has been. In the past two seasons, we've had Stephen Ward, Matt Upson and a younger Gordon Greer. We also had Liam Bridcutt in CDM, and of course, Kieth Andrews."

The fixture against Brentford was Rovers fourth game in just nine days, which clearly has an impact on players energy levels. 

"This could play to Brighton's advantage because we have the pace of Kazenga LuaLua who tires defenders. However, there is some negativity surrounding Hughton's style of play, so it's equal footing.

"Rudy Gestede and Jordan Rhodes are Blackburn's biggest threats - both unreal players who can devastate any team in the league. Blackburn should look out for Joao Teixeira - a loaner from Liverpool. He's been outstanding when starting in the centres after his doubles against Ipswich and Birmingham, he's been on the form of his life."

Kieran's chosen line up and score prediction are as follows.. David Stockdale, Joe Bennett, Greg Halford, Gordon Greer, Bruno, Rohan Ince, Beram Kayal, Inigo Calderon, Joao Teixeira, Kazenga LuaLua, Chris O'Grady to take a point in a 0-0 draw. You can read Kieran's blog on www.bhafckieran.wordpress.com

Given Rovers extensive injury list at the moment my chosen team is would be unchanged from Tuesday's match, and my score prediction is 2-2 (although here's hoping for a 2-0!)

It will be a tough fixture, despite Brighton's current place in the league. Rovers always struggle against the club, and Saturday will likely be the same given the inability to field our strongest first team. However, it's vital that Blackburn gain momentum before their FA Cup quarter final against Liverpool, and therefore three points are imperative.

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