If plans to rename Ewood Park after a sponsor come to fruition, Blackburn might hope it brings them better luck against Chelsea, who have lost here only once in 13 years - and that when they had already secured the title. With only one home win all season, Blackburn face a Chelsea side who have scored 17 more goals in their nine matches. At least the manager, Sam Allardyce, should have his first choice central defence with Chris Samba returning from suspension and Ryan Nelsen from a thigh injury. For Chelsea, Alex should have recovered from a hip problem in time to partner John Terry. Tim Rich

Venue Ewood Park, Saturday 3pm

Tickets £25-38 (0871 222 1444)

Last season Blackburn 1 Chelsea 1

Referee P Walton

This season's matches 3 Y13, R1, 4.67 cards per game

Odds Blackburn 8-1 Chelsea 1-2 Draw 7-2

BlackburnSubs from Brown, Bunn, Olsson, Doran, Benjani, Roberts, MB Diouf, Chimbonda, Hoilett, Morris, Linganzi

Doubtful Nelsen (thigh)

Injured Andrews (groin, 6 Nov), Grella (hamstring, 6 Nov), Nzonzi (hamstring, 13 Nov)

Suspended None

Form guide LDLWDD

Disciplinary record Y16 R1

Leading scorer Kalinic 2

ChelseaSubs from Hilário, Turnbull, Zhirkov, Ferreira, Sturridge, Bruma, Borini, Kakuta, McEachran, Van Aanholt

Doubtful Alex (hip)

Injured Ramires (ankle, 3 Nov), Lampard (groin, 7 Nov), Benayoun (achilles, Apr)

Suspended None

Form guide WDWLWW

Disciplinary record Y14 R0

Leading scorer Malouda 7

Match pointers? Blackburn have scored once in their last eight league games against Chelsea

? Nicolas Anelka has scored 10 goals in 14 league games against Blackburn, more than against any other side

? Blackburn have had the fewest shots from open play (41) while Chelsea have had the most (96)

? Chelsea have now gone 301 minutes without conceding a Premier League goal

? Blackburn have won one of their last 11 matches against Chelsea in all competitions and that was on penalties in last season's Carling Cup