Fulham v Blackburn – Match Preview

Two teams, who have had very disappointing starts to the season, lock horns at Craven Cottage on Sunday in a bid to secure their first win of the season.

Steve Kean’s Rovers are quickly becoming everyone’s favourites for the drop and find themselves without a point. Things could not have gone much worse for them during the last round of games as they somehow missed two penalty kicks and eventually lost to one against Everton. Martin Jol’s Fulham side haven’t hit the ground running themselves although they will still be favourites to win this one as Craven Cottage has been a happy hunting ground in recent years after a draw against Villa in the first game of the season.

Bobby Zamora could return from an ankle problem but new signing John Arne Risse is out with a groin strain and Welsh midfielder Simon Davies is a long term casualty. Ten million pound signing, Bryan Ruiz could make his debut and he looks a talented prospect after being one of the standout performers in the Dutch Eredivise last season.

Blackburn also have injuries worries with defender Ryan Nelsen, winger Morten Gamst Pedersen and midfielder David Dunn all struggling to be fit for the game at the Cottage. However Kean does have the added boost of being able to call on new arrivals Yakubu and Scott Dann in a bid to pick up their first points of the season.

Martin Jol’s side have only found the net once so far this season but with Andy Johnson, Bobby Zamora and now Bryan Ruiz up-front they have goals in their team. If any of their strikers can hit form on Sunday I can see them taking their first three points of the season but it won’t be easy game against a committed Blackburn side.

Key Player

Clint Dempsey: A key threat in the Fulham side on both wings and the American can provide the ammunition needed to get new striker Bryan Ruiz off the mark on his debut.

Scott Dann: It was a real coup by Steve Kean to snap up the composed defender who impressed in the Premier League with Birmingham last year and he could be key to guaranteeing Blackburn’s first points of the season.

Verdict: 2-1

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