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Blackburn Rovers v. Bolton Wanderers: Lineups & Live Discussion

It's a Lancashire Derby at Ewood Park between two clubs that were fighting for European spots in the Premier League eight years ago. Let's just say times have changed...

Everyone's favorite Wand-, oops, I mean scapegoat.
Everyone's favorite Wand-, oops, I mean scapegoat.
Paul Thomas

Blackburn Rovers v. Bolton Wanderers
Location: Ewood Park, Blackburn
Date: August 31, 2013

Time: 7:00 am PST, 10:00 am EST, 3:00 pm GMT

Records (W-D-L, +/-, Points, Place):

Home: 1-1-2, 0, 4, 15th

Form: W-L-L-D-D

Away: 0-2-2, -4, 2, 21st

Form: D-L-L-D-W-D

GK: Jake Kean
GK: Adam Bogdan
D: Todd Kane D: Tyrone Mears
D: Tommy Spurr
D: David Wheater
D: Scott Dann D: Zat Knight
D: Grant Hanley D: Alex Baptiste
M: Jason Lowe M: Chung-Yong Lee
M: David Dunn M: Medo Kamara
M: Tom Cairney M: Darren Pratley
M: Joshua King M: Jay Spearing
F: Ben Marshall F: David Ngog
F: Jordan Rhodes F: Jermaine Beckford

Blackburn Rovers substitutes: Alan Judge, Chris Taylor, Josh Morris, Matt Kilgallon, Corry Evans, Simon Eastwood, Leon Best

Bolton Wanderers substitutes: Andy LonerganMatt MillsCraig Davies, Rob Hall, Andre Moritz, Chris Eagles, Marc Tierney

These matches used to be a bit more glamorous when Sam Allardyce and Mark Hughes were patrolling the touchline.  But we are where we are, and the team sheets do offer some interesting tactical talking points.  Ngog and Beckford are still both starting.  It may be one behind the other, it may be a true pairing up top, or Ngog may be dropping into the midfield.  Dougie Freedman has tried all three this season, and none have worked because Beckford is crap.

David Wheater returns from his midweek knock to start alongside Zat Knight, while ALex Baptiste moves over to the left and Tyrone Mears takes up the right back position.  There have been many voices calling for Mears to resume his starting duties, but I don't believe Baptiste on the left was what they had in mind.

What do you think of this team?  Are they good enough to get a point?  All three?