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Blackburn v Sunderland: Black Cats to take Ewood Park point

| 20.03.2012

Two wins and a draw in the last four games has represented a vast improvement for Blackburn, but the Lancashire club could have their work cut out in scoring another victory over Sunderland at 6/4.

Their visitors are priced at 7/4 to bag all three points at Ewood Park, and add to their four wins on the road so far this term.

The draw looks the best bet though, available at 23/10, considering three of Sunderland’s last four games in all competitions on their travels have ended in stalemates, and with each side having drawn seven Premier League matches this season.

With each of Sunderland’s last three aforementioned draws resulting in a 1-1 scoreline, correct score markets could be worth paying attention to here, with a 1-1 outcome reasonably priced at 11/2.

Alternatively, you can get 10/1 about the 2-2 draw, and with Blackburn having the third worst home defensive record in the league, this result looks possible.

It could also be worth investing in the 7/2 odds for the match to be level at both half-time and full-time, whilst you can take advantage of 3/1 odds for the match to be a score draw.

A Sunderland team much improved under the stewardship of Martin O’Neill could be well worth getting behind in the draw no bet market at 1/1, whereby your stake would be returned should the match result in a draw.

Blackburn are 8/11 to prosper in the same market.

First scorer options are seemingly abundant in this game, with Blackburn’s 14-goal Yakubu 5/1 favourite to open the scoring, whilst Morten Gamst Pedersen is a long 12/1 to break the deadlock.

For the travelling Black Cats, Nicklas Bendnter has re-discovered the scoring touch of late, and he is 6/1 to extend on his run of scoring in back-to-back Premier League games.

Sebastian Larsson meanwhile, is deadly from set-pieces, and it could pay dividends to back him to score first at 9/1.



John Klee