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Blackburn vs West Brom: Rovers can ease pressure on under-fire Kean

| 16.12.2011

Blackburn conceded two goals in the last ten minutes to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at Sunderland last week.

They will welcome a return to Ewood Park though, and can prosper over an inconsistent West Brom side at 5/4.

West Brom have failed to fully integrate into the solid and efficient outfit you would expect to see under the stewardship of Roy Hodgson, but have achieved some good results in an inconsistent season so far.

The Baggies are 21/10 to win at Ewood, with the draw priced at 23/10.

It could be a low scoring affair with an expectant if tentative home crowd stirring up a negative atmosphere towards manager Steve Kean, but West Brom are usually a good bet to both score and concede in a game.

It is 4/6 for both teams to score in this game and the apparent defensive frailties of both sides make that look nailed on.

3/1 is the price attributed to three goals being scored in the match and that could be worth paying attention to also.

Relegation candidates Wigan managed to triumph 2-1 over West Brom last weekend, and 7/1 odds Blackburn to win by the same scoreline seem far too long.

Alternatively, margin of victory markets look interesting here, with Blackburn to win by one goal looking good at 3/1.

Striker Yakubu has been in red hot form since signing from Everton, hitting ten goals in ten games, including four in Blackburn’s last home match against newly-promoted Swansea.

He is 5/1 to score the first goal here, but punters looking for options at longer odds in the goal scorer markets could do worse than backing Chris Samba at a big 14/1 to net first.

The giant defender is always a threat from set-pieces and Blackburn love to pump the ball into the box at any opportunity.



John Klee