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Blackburn v Aston Villa: nothing to choose between lacklustre sides

| 02.03.2012

Blackburn supporters are reportedly planning their biggest protest to date over the management of Steve Kean, and actions of club owners Venky’s, prior to their side’s attempt to defeat Aston Villa at 11/8.

The travelling supporters meanwhile, are believed to be extremely unhappy with the managerial regime of Alex McLeish also, and so there could too be a negative atmosphere emanating from the away end at Ewood Park as the visitors look to justify a 15/8 price for victory.

Rovers have failed to play out a draw at home all campaign, but the travelling Villains have participated in 11 stalemates this season, more than anyone else in the Premier League, and with each side in dismal form, the draw appears the most likely outcome at 23/10.

While Villa’s defence has epitomised organisation during McLeish’s reign, and their attack now looks rather blunt in the absence of the injured Darren Bent and departed Robbie Keane, both sides can still be expected to find the net, and punters can back both teams to score at 4/6, as they have in four of the past five meetings between the sides.

5/1 odds for a 1-1 draw appeal, while nostalgic punters may opt to invest in the idea of a pressure-relieving 3-1 away win, which is a big 22/1, and has occurred in three of the last five times these sides have clashed.

As Blackburn have gone into the break level on eight occasions this term, and Villa have done the same 13 times, 7/2 odds for a draw at half-time and full-time look good.

Meanwhile, 8/1 odds for the home side to lead at half-time but fail to win look lengthy considering Rovers have thrown away eight points in the second half of matches this season.

Yakubu is their most obvious goal threat, and the powerful striker is 9/2 favourite to notch first here.



John Klee