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Blackburn failed to muster a shot on target as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham last Sunday - a result which leaves them firmly in the relegation zone following six defeats in seven Premier League games. Kean will spend an anxious Sunday afternoon monitoring how QPR and Bolton fare, knowing that even if Rovers win their last two games, they might still go down.
Having spent a fair chunk of the season propping up the Premier League table, Wigan now find themselves in the relatively luxurious position of being outside the relegation zone. Five wins in seven make them one of the top flight's form teams but survival hasn't been clinched yet. The reverse fixture earlier this season saw six goals, a red card and a penalty equaliser nine minutes into stoppage time - with even more at stake this time, it could prove to be yet another derby cracker.
• Blackburn have won just two of their nine league matches against fellow clubs currently in the bottom six places in the division.
• Wigan have won their last two Premier League games at north-west clubs - 2-1 at Bolton and 2-1 at Liverpool.
Blackburn's Martin Olsson is in line for a return to the starting XI after spending the last three games on the bench due to a niggling groin injury. Steve Kean is to assess Bradley Orr's troublesome achilles, but Grant Hanley will not return until next season.
Robeto Martinez will go into the Monday night trip to Blackburn with a fully fit squad but seems unlikely to tinker with his side having seen them blitz Newcastle by a 4-0 scoreline. That should mean another start for Shaun Maloney, keeping the likes of Jordi Gomez and Ben Watson on the bench.
Possible starting XIs:
P Robinson • B Orr, S Dann, G Givet, Martin Olsson • MG Pedersen, J Lowe, D Dunn, Marcus Olsson • J Hoilett • Yakubu
A Al-Habsi • A Alcaraz, G Caldwell, M Figueroa • E Boyce, J McArthur, J McCarthy, J Beausejour • V Moses, F Di Santo, S Maloney