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Blackburn v Liverpool: out-of-form sides to cancel each other out

| 10.04.2012

Blackburn Rovers aim to take a significant step towards Premier League survival tonight, and are attributed a 13/5 price to end a run of three consecutive defeats by beating struggling Liverpool at Ewood Park.

Kenny Dalglish’s men are on a dreadful run of form themselves, losing seven of their past nine league matches, and their 11/10 price is likely the longest they will be in years to triumph in this fixture.

The draw looks the most appealing bet however, at 23/10, and that is in spite of the fact that Rovers have drawn just one home game this season.

Liverpool have drawn ten league matches, and the respective stuttering form of either side makes the 11/2 odds on a repeat of the 1-1 draw the sides played out at Anfield this season, look appealing.

Both teams have struggled for goals in any great abundance, yet still average over one strike per game, and it is 8/11 that both teams find the net, whilst the 10/3 odds about a score draw look good too.

Alternatively, punters could do worse than backing the home side to win or draw a match which features two goals or less, and that is a 23/10 shot.

Meanwhile, visiting Liverpool have been level at the break in exactly half of their Premier League outings this term, and so investing in 4/1 odds for a draw to occur at half-time and full-time seems as though it could be a wise move.

Rovers striker Yakubu is desperate to end his mini-drought in front of goal, and will fancy his chances of notching first against stand-in Reds keeper Alexander Doni, priced at 6/1.

Luis Suarez is favourite to hit the opener for the visitors meanwhile, as a 4/1 chance, whilst set-piece specialist and penalty taker Steven Gerrard is available at 5/1.



John Klee