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Relegation could round off turbulent Blackburn campaign

| 27.03.2013

As Gary Bowyer takes the Blackburn Rovers reins for the second time this season, he inherits a side precariously positioned in 18th place in the Championship.

And considering Rovers are only four points clear of the second-tier drop zone, 8/1 looks a tempting price that they are sensationally relegated for the second season in succession.

The club is in vast disarray, as Bowyer prepares to become the sixth manager to take charge within the season, in the knowledge that his tenure has an uncertain end date by his own admission.

He could be excused for fearing for job security in light of the ruthless nature of club owners Venky’s, whose last two permanent Ewood Park appointments have lasted less than 70 days each.

And Bowyer faces a monumental task in improving the club’s on-pitch fortunes, considering Rovers have failed to win any of their past eight matches in all competitions.

They have scored just three times in this period also, whilst only three Championship sides have found the net on less occasions across the course of the season.

As Jordan Rhodes has contributed 20 of their 45 total league strikes too, the emergence of an injury or suspension for the striker would be of massive detriment to Blackburn’s survival hopes.

A glance at Rovers’ remaining fixtures makes for grim reading to fans of the club also, many of whom are expected to boycott home games in protest at the club’s ownership.

They next welcome an improving Blackpool side to Ewood Park, with Tangerines boss Paul Ince eager to prove a point to his former employers.

And trips to table-topping Cardiff and third-place Watford look unlikely to reap positive results for Rovers, who are also yet to face a Millwall side they have failed to score against in three previous meetings this term.

All things considered, Blackburn do appear to be involved in a serious battle to preserve their Championship status this season.

Whilst astronomical odds would have been available regarding them suffering back-to-back relegations at the start of the campaign, 8/1 remains a big price that they are condemned to League One.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee