Blackburn Rovers v Fulham

26 Aug

Ragnar Sigurdsson


Ragnar Sigurdsson scored in Iceland’s 2-1 win over England at Euro 2016

BBC coverage

How to follow:
BBC local radio; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Championship bottom side Blackburn Rovers, who have not won in their opening four matches, host a Fulham side who are yet to lose in the league.

Corry Evans (groin) is a doubt for the hosts but new signings Tommie Hoban, Martin Samuelsen and Derrick Williams are in line to make their debuts.

Fulham could include new signings Ragnar Sigurdsson and Neeskens Kebano.

Forward Floyd Ayite is a doubt for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, while Ryan Fredericks (ankle) is not fully fit.

Analysis

BBC Radio Lancashire’s Andy Bayes: “One point from 12 and 15 goals conceded in six matches. Make no mistake, these are troubled times for Blackburn Rovers.

“Shane Duffy is the latest saleable asset to move on and attendances are falling as the relationship between sections of the support base and Venkys reach breaking point.

“Three new faces have come in this week with Martin Samuelsen, Derrick Williams and Tommie Hoban all set for debuts. Owen Coyle remains on the lookout for more.

“How Rovers miss returning Tom Cairney, who has started the season so well for Fulham.”

BBC Radio London’s Jamie Reid: “Fulham’s impressive start to the new season shows no sign of ending.

“The Whites are unbeaten in the league and their midweek cup success over Middlesbrough has further heightened expectation in SW6.

“Manager Slavisa Jokanovic has got his chequebook out this week, signing two talented players in Ragnar Sigurdsson and Neeskens Kebano.

“A win over bottom side Blackburn Rovers could see the team top the Championship table going into the international break.”

Match facts

  • Fulham have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last nine league meetings with Rovers. The last Whites keeper to record a shutout in this fixture was Mark Schwarzer in November 2009.
  • Blackburn have conceded more goals than any other Championship team this season (11).
  • Fulham have avoided defeat in their opening four games for the first time since 2010-11, when they were in the Premier League.
  • Rovers have failed to win their opening four games to a season for the second campaign in a row. They ended up going seven games without a win at the start of 2015-16.

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