Driftpeasant Posted December 17, 2007 Share Posted December 17, 2007 Well it's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, my home town, out on the edge of the prairie... Wait, wrong forum. Okay, it's been a hellish week in Blackburn, Lancashire, home of my heart, out near 4000 holes. Two losses on the bounce including, by far, the weirdest game of the weekend have left Rovers sitting 9th and looking a bit adrift. Chelsea also lost to Arsenal and have now suffered their first loss of the Avram Grant era. The last 2 months of the year have been rather vexatious for Rovers in the Hughes era. We've managed just 2 wins in 4 years in November. Over the last 3 years, Rovers have started December the same way each time - 1 win and 2 losses, and in each instance have rebounded to win 3 in the latter half of the month. November must be when Sparky takes a mental vacation, because we're just plain bad when the weather starts to get cold. But apparently the gaffer makes his annual trip to the coat store during his Christmas shopping, because we've ended December well each year (discounting, of course, his first). Rovers will be without the services of Andre Ooijer (injury), Chris Samba (5th yellow of season), and Brett Emerton (red). Chelsea will be without Didier Drogba (knee) and possibly John Terry (ankle), though Florent Malouda and Michael Ballack are projected to be fit. Whether they play will remain to be seen, but Chelsea will no doubt be looking to find SOME offense. They haven't been able to lay more than 2 goals on a Premiership opponent since the first of November. In addition, after their previous two losses, Chelsea have only managed 0-0 draws at home to rebound (first, of course, to us, and then to a rather woeful Fulham). So there is some cause for hope, as we are at home, Chelsea's offense is rather anemic at the moment, and we're going into what has proven to be a fruitful period over the last few years. Both sides have Carling Cup draws at home, and to top 4 sides. We have Arsenal and Chelsea have Liverpool. Thankfully for our Prem hopes (though perhaps not so much for the Carling) our match is tomorrow, and so we should have an extra day of rest, and will avoid travelling. It is traditional in these previews to go and interview a supporter from the other side to get their perspective. I, however, am more suicidal than that, and wrangled an invitation to the Texas Blues Holiday Party in my hometown. Yes, it was me, in kit, and 50+ drunken Chelsea supporters at Fado. I tried to get coherent statements about the game from them, but instead was pinned to a wall by my neck by a rather large drunken man. After persuading him that I had, in fact, been invited, he released me. That was when I decided to stop trying to interview people, and start drinking, because it wasn't worth the physical pain. So I have no words of wisdom from the other side this week. I did, however, manage to win a door prize. Anyone want a Shevchenko kit? I hear it makes great bog roll... Chants for the weekend: He's old, He's glum, He's not The Special One, Avram Grant! Avram Grant! We sacked Mourinho, We sacked Mourinho... Prediction: 2-0 Rovers. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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