The Blues are coming off a week that saw them lose 5-3 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League and a lackluster 1-1 performance against Genk in the Champions League.
Blackburn are coming off of their own problematic performance from last week, as Norwich were able to overcome a 3-1 deficit and escape with a point, however amidst controversy over the late penalty.
The Blues welcome John Mikel Obi back to the side as he didn’t travel with the team to Genk due to a back injury. However, Didier Drogba will miss out on the match due to his ban for his sending off against Q.P.R. and will not be available until after the next International break. The Ivorian striker underwent a procedure to remove screws left over from the broken arm he suffered prior to the 2010 World Cup.
Andre Villas-Boas side has deeper concerns given the fact that his defence has only kept two clean sheets this campaign, with the last Premier League clean sheet coming on the first match of the season against Stoke. A Blackburn side, who have managed just 13 goals, could be just the tonic for a defence that lacks a bit of confidence.
Blackburn will welcome back from injury experienced midfielder David Dunn, and young winger Junior Hoilett. However, that doesn’t account for the fact that Blackburn have yet to keep a single clean sheet this season and have a -14 goal differential.
While the Chelsea supporters have been protesting a proposed move away from Stamford Bridge, the Blackburn supporters have been protesting the choice of Steve Kean as their manager.
Kean saved the team from relegation last season, but Blackburn find themselves, once again, in a relegation fight having acquired just 8 points so far this season.
On paper, this should be an easy three points for Chelsea, though serious questions still have to be answered about their defensive record. Blackburn aren’t really the side to put that to the test.