Following a 10th place finish last time out, manager Sam Allardyce will be hoping that Rovers can repeat this feat once again or even go one further when their season gets underway this weekend.
Highly rated youngster, Mame Biram Diouf joins on a season long loan from Manchester United and after impressive spells for the Old Trafford club last season, it is hoped Diouf can give the Ewood Park faithful something to shout about this year.
Everton are a team which have been somewhat overlooked in the build up to the new season with big spending Manchester City and Champions League bound Tottenham grabbing all the headlines. With an experienced manager in David Moyes and having secured a new contract for playmaker Mikel Arteta, you can expect the Toffees to mount a considerable European challenge this time round after a disappointing 8th place finish last season.
Despite Blackburn’s impressive home form last season, I think the quality and determination in the Merseyside outfit will prove many doubters wrong and secure an opening day win for Everton.