Blackburn to take on Tottenham

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Two teams with undefeated UEFA Cup records look to carry that success over to Premiership play Sunday when Blackburn Rovers host Tottenham Hotspur.

Blackburn to take on Tottenham

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Two teams with undefeated UEFA Cup records look to carry that success over to Premiership play Sunday when Blackburn Rovers host Tottenham Hotspur at Ewood Park. Despite their successes in Europe, the clubs will be striving to break some unwanted streaks in the Premier League. Mark Hughes' Blackburn has lost four matches in a row, while Spurs are still searching for their first road victory of the season. It's been a decidedly mixed start for Rovers. With 12 points in 12 games, Hughes' men sit 15th in the table and, despite some admirable qualities, appear to lack the depth and talent to have sustained success in England's top division. Blackburn have frequently been criticised for their aggressive approach - something their manager was famed for in his playing days - but the boss denies his team are simply trying to outmuscle opponents. "It is our aim to get results and win football matches," he said, "and that is what we try to do with the means at our disposal. We make no apologies for that and I want my team to be tough to play against. But we do try to play good football, particularly this season, and perhaps that at times has been our problem.'' Problems have been aplenty for Rovers of late, as they have lost to Manchester United, Chelsea, West Ham and Aston Villa in their last four outings and have not earned a point in over a month. "It has not been a good run, but we have a great chance to end it with a home game," Hughes added. "Spurs will be very tough, but we have played the best two teams in the Premiership while on that bad run and I don't think it truly reflects our performances." Despite his team's struggles, the manager is still confident his club can turn things around. Hughes will get little sympathy from Tottenham counterpart Martin Jol Hotspur have been wildly inconsistent - a historic win over Chelsea two weeks ago was followed by a disastrous 3-1 defeat at Reading - and have only gained two points and scored two goals on the road all season. That's not the sort of record you want to be bring to Ewood Park against combative Blackburn. Spurs will be without the experienced Edgar Davids and there is also a doubt over striker Mido. Blackburn are waiting to hear about the fitness of influential midfielder Robbie Savage, while Jason Roberts and Steven Reid will definitely not play.

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