Rovers: A Recipe for Relegation | In-depth Stats Analysis of 11/12

Rovers: A Recipe for Relegation | In-depth Stats Analysis of 11/12

Failure to beat Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park in the penultimate match of the season condemned Blackburn Rovers to relegation to the Championship. For only the second time in the Premier League era Rovers will endure life in the second tier of English football next season, but where did it all go wrong for Rovers? [caption id="attachment_15725" align="aligncenter" width="547" caption="Heading down: Antolin Alcaraz heads Wigan to safety and sends Rovers down in the process"][/caption] Victory against Sunderland in late March …
Points & Goals analysis | Does Sacking Your Manager Improve Results?

Points & Goals analysis | Does Sacking Your Manager Improve Results?

It is a common belief with Premier League owners that sacking your manager will improve their clubs results, but is this really that case? We look at whether teams sacking their manager has a short-term or a long-term impact on their side and whether it was better off sticking with the manager they had in the first place. We have looked at all the managers that have been sacked by Premier League clubs in the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons. Short …
Blackburn v Man United | Opta Preview

Blackburn v Man United | Opta Preview

When Blackburn Rovers travelled to Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve few would have predicted anything other than a routine home victory for Manchester United. Rovers were at the foot of the table, five points adrift of safety, while United had reined in neighbours Manchester City on Boxing Day with a 5-0 win against Wigan. With City not due to play again until the New Year, United would have been confident of seeing 2012 in as league leaders while Blackburn …
Venkys | A case for the defence | Rovers

Venkys | A case for the defence | Rovers

The sale of Christopher Samba to Anzhi Makhachkala for in excess of £10m on Friday night represents the third major defensive departure from Ewood Park in the last eight months. Samba follows Ryan Nelsen and Phil Jones out of the door, but does this leave Venky’s as defenceless as Rovers? [caption id="attachment_10599" align="aligncenter" width="525" caption="Will Venky’s still be celebrating come the conclusion of the Premier League season?"][/caption] When Venkys completed their takeover of Blackburn Rovers in late November 2010 there …
N’Zonzi | Rovers Pass master | Opta Stats

N’Zonzi | Rovers Pass master | Opta Stats

Blackburn Rovers have started to move up the table in recent weeks and improved pass completion statistics are at the heart of their upturn in form. With Steven N’Zonzi Rovers’ most accomplished passer, his ability to set the tempo and get the side passing will go a long way to dictating Blackburn’s chances of retaining their Premier League status over the coming weeks.  [caption id="attachment_8782" align="aligncenter" width="467" caption="Midfield maestro: N’Zonzi dances out of trouble against Fulham earlier this season"][/caption] With …
Robinson | EPL ‘keeper comparisons

Robinson | EPL ‘keeper comparisons

Blackburn Rovers have conceded in 28 consecutive competitive matches despite the best efforts of regular goalkeeper, Paul Robinson, and his understudy, Mark Bunn. While injuries to key personnel in the Rovers defence have contributed to this ill-fated run, are Rovers’ goalkeepers equally culpable? [caption id="attachment_8273" align="aligncenter" width="568" caption="Rovers’ defensive displays have rarely been cause for celebration in recent months"][/caption] After 20 league games, Blackburn Rovers and Norwich City hold the unenviable record of being the only sides yet to keep …
Yakubu | Firing Rovers to Safety?

Yakubu | Firing Rovers to Safety?

Yakubu has scored 10 goals in just 11 starts in the Premier League since his summer arrival from Everton, but will his goals be enough to keep Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League? [caption id="attachment_7543" align="aligncenter" width="586" caption="Feed the Yak: Blackburn fans will be hoping Yakubu doesn’t over indulge this festive period"][/caption] After completing the signing of Yakubu on transfer deadline day, Steve Kean stressed the importance of having a forward who has a track record of finding the net …
Kean out? How Kean fares historically

Kean out? How Kean fares historically

Protests at four successive home games from sections of the Ewood Park faithful have led calls for Steve Kean to be dismissed as Blackburn Rovers manager but after just eleven league games this season should Kean be given more time to turn around Blackburn’s fortunes?  [caption id="attachment_5952" align="aligncenter" width="496" caption="Fans at Ewood Park make their views clear but will Steve Kean survive this tumultuous period?"][/caption] Steve Kean started the season as the bookmakers’ favourite to be the first Premier League …
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