Five potential talking points ahead of Ewood Park clash.
Kightly was on the scoresheet when the two sides met on the opening day of the season, which ended in a 2-1 win for Southend. Making his second Blues debut, the winger popped up with a close-range finish to double the lead on the day. Kightly could be in for a bit of stick from the Blackburn Rovers fans due to his Burnley connections, but after his goal against Gillingham on Monday he will be fired up for his return to Lancashire.
Chris Powell outlined the need to start the game in a positive fashion as being crucial to his side getting a result. He said: “What I would say is we have to perform and start better than our last trip on the road, simple as that. The players know that." 61% of Southend’s goals have come in the first half of games, with 29% coming in the first 15 minutes this season, which does show that Blues have form for starting well.
Improving on the road
Away to the league leaders is clearly not the easiest opportunity to turn around the away form. Blues are fifth in the home form table but 23rd in the away form table. However, in a big game at a big ground might be the inspiration needed to get a result of some form against Blackburn.
Coming up against the best
Sitting pretty at the top of the standings, Blackburn have proven all season long why they were the pre-season favourites to go straight back up to the Championship. Rovers have the best record on their own patch in the division, have picked up 16 points in their last six and lost one in their last 10. Tony Mowbray’s side also had three players in the League One Team of the Season; goalkeeper David Raya, defender Charlie Mulgrew and attacking midfielder Bradley Dack.
Once again, the Blues faithful will be out in full force at Ewood Park. Over 520 tickets have been pre-sold for the game against the one-time Premier League champions. It’s the fourth longest away day of the season, a 520-mile round trip, and with more tickets expected to be bought on the day, Blues fans will be heard loud and proud, that there is no doubt.