It is a case of "as you were" for these clubs given their strong finishes to the previous campaign - Everton, unbeaten in 11, were the only side to defeat Blackburn in their last nine - and relative inactivity in the transfer market. Both are likely to resist handing full debuts to strikers unproven at Premier League level: Mame Biram Diouf, loaned from Manchester United, and free transfer Jermaine Beckford. Mikel Arteta was irresistible in April's 3-2 victory at Ewood Park and the Spaniard's retention on a five-year deal was as significant a piece of business as any all summer. Richard Gibson

Venue Ewood Park, Saturday 3pm

Tickets £28-38 (0871 222 1444)

Last season Blackburn 2 Everton 3

Referee P Dowd

Last season's matches 29 Y88, R5, 3.21 cards per game

Odds Blackburn 2-1 Everton 6-4 Draw 23-10

BlackburnSubs from Brown, Fielding, Jacobsen, Chimbonda, Emerton, Roberts, Doran, Pedersen, MB Diouf, Hoilett, Jones

Doubtful Kalinic (match fitness), Samba (match fitness)

Injured Grella (calf, 21 Aug)

Suspended None

Form guide n/a

Disciplinary record (last season) Y59 R2

Leading scorer (last season) Dunn 9

EvertonSubs from Mucha, Turner, Heitinga, Rodwell, Hibbert, Yobo, Vaughan, Beckford, Gueye, Pienaar, Yakubu, Coleman, Baxter, Garbutt, Silva

Doubtful Cahill (knee), Fellaini (match fitness)

Injured Anichebe (knee, 21 Aug)

Suspended None

Form guide n/a

Disciplinary record (last season) Y58 R2

Leading scorer (last season) Saha 13

Match pointers? Blackburn have not kept a clean sheet on the opening day of a season since 2002

? This will be the first time since 2003 that Everton have begun their campaign with an away fixture

? Blackburn scored 59% of their goals from set pieces last season, the highest proportion in Premier League

? Tim Cahill scored seven headed goals in 2009-10, more than any other player in the division

? Blackburn have won only one of their last 10 league games against Everton - on the opening day of 2008-09