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Blackburn 1 v 2 Chelsea Saturday, 30 October 3.00pm

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    Blackburn    v    Chelsea
    Barclays Premier League
    Venue: Ewood Park Date:
    Saturday, 30 October
    Kick-off: 4.00pm

    TEAM NEWS
    Blackburn centre-back Chris Samba returns after serving a one-game ban for his sending off against Sunderland. Samba is set to start alongside Ryan Nelsen, who has recovered from injury, but midfielder Steven Nzonzi is out. Chelsea defender Alex will return from a thigh problem, meaning Branislav Ivanovic will switch to right-back. Ramires misses out but could return against Spartak Moscow in midweek, while Frank Lampard has an outside chance of facing Liverpool on Sunday. Blackburn Injured: Andrews & Grella (both groin), Nzonzi (hamstring) Chelsea Injured: Benayoun (Achilles), Lampard (groin), Ramires (ankle)

    MATCH PREVIEW
    Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has been promised £5m to spend in the January transfer window by Rovers' prospective new owners, a figure dwarfed by Chelsea's spending under Roman Abramovich, who has splurged an estimated £457m on signings since 2003. The Indian family firm set to buy Blackburn for £46m made their fortune from selling chicken, and they are initially promising only a paltry investment in the club. It seems Rovers will be dipping into the bargain bucket rather than pursuing the marquee signings mentioned by rival bidder Ahsan Ali Syed, who said he wanted to bring David Beckham to Ewood Park. Anuradha Desai, the chairperson of Venkateshwara Hatcheries, this week admitted "we will be happy to be in the top 10-12", adding "we won't need to buy expensive players, we can always lease them." Selling naming rights for Ewood Park is also under consideration. Not exactly words to fire the imagination of fans, but a sign perhaps that Rovers will not attempt to live beyond their means. It is unlikely that Chelsea will require January reinforcements given their impressive start to the season. Carlo Ancelotti's side did not need to get out of second gear to beat Wolves last weekend. The Blues have now kept five consecutive clean sheets since the 1-0 loss at Manchester City last month.

    MATCH FACTS
    Head-to-head • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight league games against Blackburn, conceding just one goal, although they did lose on penalties at Ewood Park in last season's Carling Cup. Blackburn • Rovers have won one of their last eight league games. • No Premier League club has attempted fewer shots from open play (41) than Blackburn. Chelsea have had the most (96). • Rovers have conceded only one first-half goal in this season's Premier League - only Chelsea (0) have a better record. If games ended at half- time, Sam Allardyce's men would be third in the table, behind Manchester United and Chelsea. Chelsea • Nicolas Anelka has netted 10 goals in 14 Premier League games against Blackburn, more than any other side. • The Blues have gone just over eight hours (481 minutes) without conceding a goal in all competitions. Manchester City's Carlos Tevez was the last player to beat Blues keeper Petr Cech. • The champions have failed to score in their last two away league games. They have never gone three away matches without netting since Roman Abramovich's takeover.

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    Re: Blackburn v Chelsea Saturday, 30 October 4.00pm

    D ball go make sense oh
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    Yeah, It's going to be tight.

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