Hull City v Blackburn Rovers
Sunday 1 March 2009,
Hull City lost 2-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur in their last league match, continuing a run that has seen them go 10 matches without a single league win.
In their last five matches, Hull have won none, drawn two (vs Chelsea and West Brom), and lost three (vs Spurs, West Ham and Arsenal), earning only two points from the fifteen available.
The Tigers have scored four goals and conceded nine in these matches, as they currently sit 13th in the league, one point behind 12th placed Bolton and one point ahead of 14th place Tottenham, 15th place Newcastle and 16th place Portsmouth.
Hull will be without midfielder Jimmy Bullard for the rest of the season after his suffered a knee injury on his debut for the club. The Tigers will also be without Fagan (knee) and Boateng (knee).
Lastly Hull will have to do without Andy Dawson, as he will be serving a one match suspension after accumulating five yellow cards.
Blackburn Rovers lost 2-1 away to Manchester United in their last league outing, making it two successive losses on the trot after having gone six matches without a single league loss.
In their last five matches, Blackburn have won one (v Newcastle), drawn two (v Middlesbrough and Bolton), and lost two (v Manchester United and Aston Villa), earning themselves five points from a potential fifteen.
The Rovers scored six and conceded six in these matches, and they currently find themselves 3rd last in 18th place, two points behind 17th placed Stoke and equal on points with 19th placed Middlesbrough.
Blackburn will be without Brett Emerton and Steven Reid on long-term injuries.
The two sides drew 1-1 at Ewood Park earlier this season.
After starting the season of in a brilliant fashion, Hull have now slumped after posting only a single victory in their last seventeen league matches. Blackburn, on the other hand, had a great run of six matches without a loss following the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager, after having failed to post a win in their previous eleven league matches.
Hull’s home form this season has been the worst in the league so far, whilst Blackburn’s away record is the better of their two. In spite of Blackburn’s most recent league defeat at the hands of Manchester United, the Rovers put in an impressive performance and broke the league leader’s fourteen straight Premier League match clean sheet record in the process.
As such, there is little to differentiate the two sides in this match and both will be looking to take something from the encounter in order to improve their chances of avoiding relegation at the end of the season.
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