It will be Premier League match time at Ewood Park, when Blackburn host Tottenham, on Wednesday, February 2, in match week 25.
This is a second leg match between sides that have already met earlier this season on November 13. That game saw a goal-glut, with Redknapp’s side prevailing 4-2, after leading 4-0, with about 15 minutes to go.
Gareth Bale put Spurs ahead on 16 minutes, and Pavlyuchenko increased the lead with 3 minutes to go to the interval. Crouch, playing as a second half substitute made it 3-0 in Tottenham’s favour, and when Bale got a second goal, six minutes later, it seemed like it was all over.
Blackburn mounted a late challenge and their efforts paid dividends when first Nelsen scored on 80 minutes, and Givet followed up with a second strike 10 minutes later.
For Tottenham, Jenas was brilliant in midfield, while Pavlyuchenko worked hard. Bale was simply outstanding even as Salgado struggled in Blackburn’s back-line to cope with Bale’s pace.
Overall, it was a tale of shoddy defending by the Rovers, in an error strewn game on both sides. To be fair to Allardyce, he was willing to try, and the Blackburn manager even switched formations in a bid to counter Bale.
Robinson was outstanding in Rovers’ goal, though the score-line does not reveal it. Blackburn’s forwards were woefully ineffective and the January transfer window is just what the doctor ordered, though it’s left to be seen whether the patient adheres to the prescription.
Head to head, Tottenham have enjoyed a 9-5 advantage over Blackburn, in the last 20 league games between the sides.
In their last 10 league matches, Blackburn have won 4, lost 5 and drawn the remaining game. Tottenham have won 5 of their last 10, while losing 1 and drawing the remaining 4. Blackburn have won 6 of 12 games hosted at Ewood park this season, while losing and drawing 3 each. Tottenham have won 4 of 11 games on the road, while losing 4 and drawing the remaining 3.
In match week 24, Blackburn beat West Brom 2-0, while Tottenham played out a 1-1 stalemate against Newcastle.
On current form, Blackburn can be expected touse home advantage to good effect against Tottenham’s rampaging forward line.
Blackburn’s starting eleven against West Brom had Robinson, Salgado, Givet, Olsson, Dunn, Jones, Pedersen, Hoilett, Kalinic and Santa Cruz. Roberts, Nzonzi and Hanley played as substitutes.
Tottenham had the following players in their starting eleven against Newcastle: Cudicini, Hutton, Dawson, Gallas, Bale, Lennon, Modric, Jenas, Pienaar, Van der Vaart and Defoe. crouch, Kranjcar and Bassong were used as substitutes.