Blackburn vs Aston Villa – Blackburn did the double last year
Blackburn host Aston Villa in Sunday’s televised game and Villa have already managed a 3-1 victory over Blackburn in the league cup this season.
But Villa currently top the Premier League injury charts as Gerard Houllier deals with a squad depleted of 11 players, which could pave the way for Robert Pires to make his debut.
Since the beginning of last season, Villa and Blackburn have met six times in all competitions and while Villa won all four cup games, Blackburn managed the double in the league.
Sam Allardyce will be confident of seeing his side leapfrog Villa in the table as Houllier’s side have won just one of their last seven league games on the road and Blackburn are 11/8 to beat Villa.
Although Houllier’s side will have the psychological edge after defeating Blackburn earlier in the season, and Villa are 2/1 to win with a repeat of the 3-1 scoreline available at 25/1.
Ewood Park usually gets left behind in terms of goals, the Blackburn faithful has seen just six goals since the 2007/08 season with Villa Park witnessing 24 goals – under 2.5 goals is available at 8/13.
The return of Gabby Agbonlahor is a huge boost for the weakened Villa attack, Agbonlahor has scored in three of his last four games against Blackburn and he is 7/4 to score any time.
Both teams are yet to take any points from Premier League games in which they’ve been trailing so whichever team scores first can expect to take the three points.
However punters may have to wait until late on in the game to find a winner as there have been five goals scored in the last ten minutes of the last four league meetings between the two.
It’s 18/1 that the first goal of the game occurs between 80 minutes and full time.
A £10 stake on the first goal coming in the second half at 12/5 would return £34. See the full Blackburn vs Aston Villa match betting odds here.