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Blackburn Vs. Aston Villa: Lineups and Open Match Thread (Psst, Heskey Isn't Starting!)

You know you're feeling down about your team when the news that Emile Heskey isn't starting is such a sweet surprise. With Darren Bent out injured, I honestly expected Ivanhoe would be handed a start today. Now, who wants to place bets on exact time that Alex McLeish will remove Stephen Ireland and replace him with Heskey?

Now please, I'm begging you, stick around and chat with me. Otherwise I am left with my full attention focused on this match.


Blackburn Rovers Starting XI: Paul Robinson, Martin Olsson, Scott Dann, Grant Hanley, Bradly Orr, Radosav Petrovic, Steven N'zonzi, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Junior Hoilett, Mauro Formica, Yakubu.

Blackburn Bench: David Dunn, Mark Bunn, Anthony Modeste, Marcus Olsson, David Goodwillie, Adam Henley

Aston Villa Starting XI: Shay Given; Alan Hutton, James Collins, Carlos Cuellar, Stephen Warnock; Marc Albrighton, Stiliyan Petrov, Chris Herd, Charles N'Zogbia, Stephen Ireland; Gabby Agbonlahor.

Villa Bench: Emile Heskey, Brad Guzan, Barry Bannan, Andreas Weimann, Eric Lichaj, Nathan Baker, Gary Gardner.