When and Where: The Barclays Premier League Match from Ewood Park kicks-off at 3 p.m. ET. A live stream will be available on ESPN3. TV coverage is will be provided by ESPN2.

Preview: Following Manchester City's dramatic draw with Sunderland, Manchester United can assume a commanding position in the race for the Premier League title by securing three points at Ewood Park on Monday.

United would go five points clear with a win and, mind games or not, City boss Roberto Mancini has claimed that their local rival's lead would be unassailable if United were to win tonight and on Sunday against QPR.

But, while United and Blackburn sit at opposite ends of the table, Rovers will be boosted by the memories of their shock 3-2 victory at Old Trafford back in December.

In fact Blackburn also have a good recent record against their North West rivals at Ewood Park, losing just once in the last nine meetings.

Before last weekend Blackburn had embarked on a run of seven points from three matches, which appeared to have lifted them out of immediate danger at the foot of the table.

But a 2-1 loss to Bolton, coupled with good recent results for both QPR and Wigan below them has left Rovers sitting above the relegation zone merely on goals scored.

Still, it is a far cry from the position Blackburn and, in particular, their manager Steve Kean found themselves in before the aforementioned win over United on New Year's eve.

Back then Blackburn were bottom and Kean was facing all manner of abuse from the club's fans. It is testament to the Rovers boss that he has recovered from that to lead his side to a position where they have more than a fighting chance of retaining their Premier League status for next season.

Team News: Blackburn defender Gael Givet again remains a doubt as he continues his slow return from a niggling hamstring injury. Kean is likely to persist with the same lineup that he has picked for the last three games.

For United, Nani will still be missing, while long-term absentees Anderson, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Owen and Darren Fletcher remain sidelined.

Prediction: With 25 points from the last 27 on offer, United have hit their stride in the league at just the right time. More than the talent in the side, it is the mentality and experience of both manager Sir Alex Ferguson and the players that look like being the crucial factor in the title run-in.

Blackburn should be no pushovers, but as they did against Fulham last time out, it would be a brave man that wages against United getting the job done and securing another vital three points.

Blackburn 1-2 Manchester United