So the new season is upon us at last, and what better way to start it against the team we ended with last season in that memorable 3-2 defeat!
Okay, so not everyone likes talking about defeats, but im sure most Wolves fans will feel as though that last day defeat was a win because it means we are here for a third consecutive season. But what of our record against Blackburn Rovers?
In the Premier league our record against Rovers is nothing short of shambolic!!
Played 6 Won 0 Drawn 2 Lost 4.
Our record at Ewood Park is even worse.
Played 3 Won 0 Drawn 0 Lost 3. Scoring 2 goals, conceding 11.
In the EPL, Wolves are yet to return from Lancashire conceding less than 3 goals in a game, let alone a point! A 5-1 drubbing marked our very first outing in the EPL, one that was not to last too long, followed by a 3-1 defeat in 2009 and a miserable 3-0 defeat up there last season. Certainly what you’d call a bogey team.
Over the years it has been a lot closer though, with Blackburn just holding the edge as we can tell from this table below.
Blackburn hold the edge by 39 wins to 36 with 21 draws over the years. In terms of goals scored by each the difference is just 3, again in favour of Blackburn. But its the games that have been contested at Ewood Park that show Wolves suffer from a bit of homesickness when it come to travelling to the heart of Lancashire.
As we can see there’s a 61% chance that Rovers will start the season with 3 points scoring over 2 goals in the process. So the message to all Wolves fans is, don’t bother making the trip!
Not a chance!
Since that nerve wrecking afternoon in May there have been a few changes to both teams. Wolves have added Roger Johnson to the back line together with Doyler and Zubar both fully fit now, whilst Blackburn have lost Phil Jones to Man United and Nikola Kalinic to Dnipro whilst Chris Samba is a doubt with injury. Up front Rovers still have the power house that is Jason Roberts and their new acquisition Davis Goodwillie. Any team that loses Jones and Samba must be weakened by it and this is where Wolves need to exploit Blackburn if we are to get our first points at Ewood Park in the EPL.
If Wolves can stop Roberts from out muscling our defence and Dunn from dictating play from midfield then I can see Wolves having far too much for Blackburn going forward with the attacking quintet of Doyler, Fletcher, Jarvis, Hunt and O’Hara. We can go there with another years experience in the EPL together and more importantly, we haven’t lost any of our star players.
Its time to re-write the history books….