UK time is: 23:06:49
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Blackburn Rovers vs. Stoke City

Ewood Park

28th November 2009

3pm

Rovers vs Potters preview

Stoke will be looking to improve on last week's poor performance (despite earning all three points) against Portsmouth and Ewood Park should be a good opportunity for at least a point (if not all three) as the Potters go in search of their second away win of the season.

With the Rovers' boss, Sam Allardyce, absent after heart surgery (we wish him a speedy recovery), it will still be a stern test for both sides with neither exactly having a reputation for creating fast and flowing football.

Vital Quotes:

Tony Pulis is very keen not to build expectations as the Potters are still struggling for some consistency after a battling display saw them win away at Spurs, but then conceded a lead to lose at Hull three weeks ago.

He told the media this week that fans need to be more realistic: 'If we turn up and think we're just going win games, that isn't going to happen. We've got to make sure everyone's focused and together.'

Blackburn Rovers Team News:

Allardyce will not be there after his operation today but you can be sure that he's had more than just a little input in the team selection after their 3-0 defeat at Fulham in midweek. Assistant manager Neil McDonald will have been well primed by his boss and has a full squad to choose from.

Player to watch: David Dunn

He's the top scorer with six goals after a injury hit season last year restricted him to just seven appearances but he's now back and firing on all cylinders.

Stoke City Team News:

Stoke will welcome back Abdy Faye from suspension, but fans will be hoping that Pulis gives Andy Wilkinson another start after his man of the match display last week. Glenn Whelan is fit again and should start but we'll have to wait and see if there is a starting slot for fellow Irishman, Liam Lawrence as the boss is likely to continue his cautious (some might say too cautious) approach to away matches.

Player to watch: Ricardo Fuller

First goal last week, so we're all hoping that was the first of many more.

Match Facts & Stats

Ref Watch:

Howard Webb

Next Fixtures:

Saturday 5th December: Arsenal (away) kick-off: 3pm
Saturday 12th December: Wigan (home) kick-off: 12.45pm
Saturday 19th December: Aston Villa (away) kick-off: 3pm




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Chris Baldwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 27 2009

Time: 9:07PM

Your Comments

Best of Luck lads! However, your not taking the points at Fortress Ewood :D!!
sasman
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Stoke City Articles

Stats: Hull City v Stoke (Sunday August 24 2014)

players valuations were met. (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Jerome to Norwich (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Cameron to leave?? (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Well oiled Villa beat rusty Stoke (Sunday August 17 2014)

Archived Stoke City Articles

List All Vital Stoke Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Hull City 1 - 1 Stoke
Stoke 0 - 1 Aston Villa

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. WBA 2 0 2 0 0 2
13. Man Utd 2 0 1 1 -1 1
14. Southampton 2 0 1 1 -1 1
15. Stoke 2 0 1 1 -1 1
16. Leicester City 2 0 1 1 -2 1
17. Newcastle 2 0 1 1 -2 1
18. Crystal Palace 2 0 0 2 -3 0

Breaking League News

Revelry and Worry
Spurs : 29/08/2014 20:00:00
Fernando Torres Departure Confirmed
Chelsea : 29/08/2014 19:51:00
Weekly Rumour Mill- Sighs then Hooiveld and Keogh!
Burnley : 29/08/2014 19:38:00
Sunday's Test
Spurs : 29/08/2014 19:30:00
Bamford Joins Middlesbrough on Loan
Chelsea : 29/08/2014 18:35:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Hull
Suggested By:  
Begovic 19%
Bardsley 0%
Wilson 0%
Shawcross 16%
Pieters 0%
Whelan 0%
Nzonzi 0%
Odemwingie 0%
Sidwell 0%
Arnautovic 16%
Diouf 0%
Adam 16%
Bojan 0%
Crouch 33%