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14th February 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Arsenal v Blackburn Betting Preview
There is a bit of a chance that this could again be a Premier League fixture next season. Blackburn are on the fringes of the playoffs in the Championship and will try and grab their opportunity to claim a big cup scalp in this FA Cup 5th Round match. Arsenal have found themselves in a bit of form again though and will go as favourites at the Emirates to move ahead to the sixth round.
Arsenal v Blackburn Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Arsenal 2/7, Draw 9/2, Blackburn 10/1
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One of the things that could influence this tie is the fact that Arsenal have a massive Tuesday night encounter against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. So that will naturally have a bearing on the quality of side that Arsene Wenger will put out for this fixture. So it may well be an understrength Arsenal that takes on Blackburn. This realistically is the last chance for silverware on the season for the Gunners and they won’t want to throw it away. So will an understrength Arsenal have too much for Blackburn? The Gunners have rediscovered a bit of confidence in their game although five of their last seven wins have all been by a single goal and they are lacking a little bit of cohesive fire power. Still, their current form against Blackburn has been pretty good, the last time they met back in February of 2012 in the Premier League, Arsenal hit a massive 7-1 win.
The Gunners have won four of the last five home games against Blackburn, and are undefeated in that run. Perhaps more significant is the amount of goals they have scored around Rovers, banging in 19 in those five matches, having conceded just three. So heavy favouritism for the Premier League side in this one. Arsene Wenger sent out an under strength side at Brighton in the last round and just about squeezed through with a 3-2 win. So it really may be worth looking at Arsenal to just win by a one goal margin. The Gunners are unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions and should have enough in the tank. It has to be said though that Blackburn are improving. Slowly but surely they have gotten themselves closer to the play off picture in the Championship, having lost just one of their last eight in the second tier.
Rovers took a comfortable 3-0 win at Pride Park to beat Derby and set up the clash with Arsenal. With their recent upward swing in form, they will probably be in good enough spirits to take on this challenge, as heavy as underdogs that they will be in the match. They are unbeaten in their last three away games in the league, but they have been playing a whole bunch of home games. So it may be that they will aim to hang on for a replay here and take their chances back at Ewood Park. That is what they did in the 2006/07 FA Cup, they took a 0-0 draw at the Emirates and then won 1-0 back on home turf. Boss Michael Appleton will probably have higher priorities in getting Rovers back to the Premier League than this. With them taking just three away wins all season in the Championship, the chances of winning this are slim. But that having been said, they have drawn nine of their sixteen away matches this season in the league, could they pinch a draw against an under strength Arsenal?
Arsenal probably won’t field a full strength side and Blackburn are an improving side. Still, you would probably be backing the Premier League outfit in this one. With Arsenal’s recent tendencies to win by a single goal, it could be worth riding that for a price of 3/1 at online bookmaker Paddy Power.
Arsenal LWWDWW, Blackburn LDWWWD
Five of the last seven wins for Arsenal have been by a single goal
The last five meetings between between the two have produced 19 goals for Arsenal and 3 for Rovers
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last five home matches against Blackburn
Rovers have lost just one of their last eight games
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5th May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Online bookmaker Paddy Power have a Money Back Special running for Blackburn v Wigan betting on Monday night. This is a massively important match in the relegation battle, and it is a game which Rovers need to win in order to keep their survival hopes burning for the final day of the season. The pressure is on Rovers boss Steve Kean, who has remained resolute through the club’s troubles, and knows that realistically his side need two wins from two. When Blackburn and Wigan come together, it usually produces some excitement, and there have been three penalties scored in the last two games between them. There was also a red card flashed in the season’s earlier meeting at the DW Stadium, and if there is another red card on Monday, then the Paddy Power special kicks in.
If any player in Blackburn v Wigan betting is shown a red card, then online bookmaker Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast single bets placed on the match. This provides some great coverage for your betting on these markets, and in the First Goalscorer market for example, Blackburn’s Yakubu, who has netted five times in six EPL matches against Wigan, is 5/1 favourite. In the Correct Score market, a 1-1 draw is trading as the favourite option at 11/2 with Paddy Power and so great coverage on bets like these can be taken with the Paddy Power Money Back Special. Online bookmaker Paddy Power offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account. They will match the value of a first stake on a new account, up to that maximum value.
Blackburn v Wigan Betting Odds at Paddy Power
Blackburn 11/8, Wigan 15/8, Draw 12/5
Blackburn need a win but they have been few and far between for Steve Kean’s men. Rovers have lost six and won just one of their last seven Premier League matches, and that is why they are in the trouble they are in. Worryingly too, they have failed to score in three of their last five matches as well, which isn’t helping. Blackburn have the second worst defence in the league, and they have produced some terrible defensive displays. In their last match, a 2-0 defeat away at Spurs, Blackburn did not even manage to rustle up a shot on goal in a hugely disappointing performance. Naturally fans weren’t happy about their lack of fight. So it looks as if their main chance of survival is only going to come at Ewood Park, where they have lost just two of the last six. But those two defeats have come in the last three home games. They did produce three points on their home appearance, a 2-0 win over Norwich, and they need to really pick themselves up for this one. A defeat here and they will be playing Championship football next season. Fortunately they have a strong home record against the Latics. Going into the weekend, Blackburn are already three points adrift, and it could be worse before kick off if both QPR and Bolton win their Sunday matches.
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Wigan were unlucky not to pick up three points at the DW Stadium against Blackburn earlier in the season, and Rovers escaped with a point after Yakubu slotted a home a penalty almost ten minutes into injury time. That ended in a 3-3 draw, and when these two sides meet, as they have done thirteen times before in the Premier League, they have produced an average of 3.77 goals per game between them. There have been thirteen goals in the last two meetings between Rovers and the Latics, so would look for a high goalscoring game again in your betting options. Wigan have the form at the moment but it is a big difference from playing teams like Arsenal and Man Utd where there is time and space on the ball, to be harried and harassed by a physical side. Wigan are three points clear of the drop zone so there is still just a little bit of work do to in order to get over the line. Wigan are one of the most in form teams at the moment in the Premier League, winning five and drawing one of their last eight. If the league started eight matches ago, Wigan would be in fourth right now. It didn’t and they are not. A point would be enough for Wigan if both QPR and Bolton lose on the weekend. At least Wigan will have the advantage of knowing what the other relegation threatened teams will have already done as they head into this Monday night match.
9th April 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Online bookmaker paddy Power have a great Blackburn v Liverpool betting promotion running for Tuesday night’s big Premier League game. Blackburn, after taking a hammering against West Brom on the weekend, are still in relegation trouble, but they do get to host the vulnerable Reds, and win against Kenny Dalglish’s men would no doubt boost their confidence skywards. Paddy Power are running a tremendous risk with their Money Back Special for Blackburn v Liverpool betting, because if the home side wins the match, then the bookie will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast singles placed on the match. That is correct, losing bets in those markets will be refunded if Blackburn win on Tuesday night.
So fantastic bit of insurance to take on your Blackburn v Liverpool betting there without a doubt. It is a great offer and it means that we can immediately look at the always valuable First Goalscorer Market, where Luis Suarez (who has two in three matches) is 5/1 favourite with the bookie. Behind him Blackburn’s Yakubu is trading at 6/1 along with Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy. So great value there, and over in the Correct Score market, a 1-0 win for Liverpool is trading at 7/1. So bets like this and more will be covered by the Paddy Power insurance if Blackburn happen to pull of a win. Great coverage from the bookie, who offers a free £50 bet to new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first deposit, giving you free bet cash to enjoy as your start your sports betting with them!
Blackburn v Liverpool Betting Odds at Paddy Power
Blackburn 5/2, Draw 12/5, Liverpool 11/10
After three straight losses now, Blackburn are still in the drop zone and in big danger because their form has gone. Steve Kean’s men had initiated a bit of a mini revival, but with just one goal in their last three games, they have taken a downward spiral just at the wrong time. So can they bounce back with a morale boosting win over Liverpool? Rovers form at Ewood Park has not been too bad, with two wins, one draw and one defeat in their last four, so there is a suggestion that they have some fight in them. There wasn’t a lot of fight in them at The Hawthorns on Saturday, when they went down 3-0 and again some very poor defending really let them down. Can the home side produce the goods in Blackburn v Liverpool betting? Well, Rovers did earn themselves a 1-1 draw at Anfield earlier in the season, and it is not as if Liverpool are in the greatest shape themselves at the moment. With matches running out on the season, Blackburn really have to steel themselves here.
Liverpool snapped a three match losing streak by earning a draw at home against Aston Villa on the weekend. Again, it was another match for Kenny Dalglish’s men where they should have done better. After an even first half, Liverpool pretty much dominated the second period, but just could not find a winner. It wasn’t for the lack of trying and they played quite well, but again it highlighted the need for more quality up front. Luis Suarez got a precious equaliser for the Reds, but they just couldn’t turn that one point into three, and ran up their ninth home draw of the season. Liverpool have lost six of their last eight Premier League matches, with just one win in that period. After losing against relegation bound QPR and Wigan in recent weeks, a trip to Ewood Park isn’t going to be easy. However, the Reds will be favourites, but they are in some shaky form, and they could have one eye on next weekend’s FA Cup final too.
31st March 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
While Manchester City seem to just be rolling over and handing the league title to the Red Devils, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men still have a job to do in Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United betting on Monday night. Manchester United really have the change to drive home their supremacy in the title race now with a game against Rovers who are still fighting relegation. Manchester United will look to Wayne Rooney to fire them three points, and it is around the England striker that Paddy Power are offering their Money Back Special. If Wayne Rooney nets the last goal of the game on Monday night at Ewood Park, then Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast single bets placed on the match. So superb coverage being offered by the popular online bookmaker.
It means that you can dip into the First Goalscorer market, where Rooney himself is 13/5 favourite to open proceedings, while his team mates Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Dimitar Berbatov are all in the pecking order behind him at around 4/1. So great coverage and value there, as well as in the Correct Score Market for Blackburn v Man Utd betting, where a 2-0 win for United is trading as favourite at 6/1. So well worth taking the coverage on your betting with Paddy Power, who offer a generous £50 free bet to new customers. New customers with Paddy Power will get their first stake matched with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50, giving you some great free betting cash to get started with.
Blackburn v Manchester United Betting Odds
Blackburn to win: 8/1 at Bet365
Draw: 4/1 at Bet Victor
Manchester United to win: 2/5 at Paddy Power
Blackburn boss Steve Kean has been appreciative of Sir Alex Ferguson’s support through his troubled times this season, where Blackburn fans were turning against him. How ironic would it be if Kean went and upset Ferguson’s title plans with a victory over the Red Devils on Monday Blackburn do need the win of course, as they continue to fight against relegation, but at least they have found a little bit of form lately, giving themselves a strong chance of survival. Blackburn saw QPR, Bolton and Wigan all win, so there is just one point separating four teams who are looking to get away from the remaining two relegation spots, with Wolves looking dead in water at the foot of the table. Blackburn of course did pull off that totally unexpected and improbable win at Old Trafford earlier in the season by a 3-2 scoreline.
Rovers have won two of their last three games now in the league, but lost their last outing against Bolton. At Ewood Park, Rovers are unbeaten in their last three, winning two and picking up a draw against Aston Villa. However, this is Manchester United were are talking about and form against them can usually get thrown out of the win. Rovers have scored 1.46 goals on average at home this season, while they have conceded 1.8 per game. They are in the trouble they are in because they have won just five at home this season, and three of those wins have come in their last five home matches. So there has been some fight from them, and Kean has been benefiting from fielding a settled side because of a fit squad.
Tip: Wayne Rooney has scored four in his last five games against Blackburn and is 13/5 in the First Goalscorer Market
However, can decent home form against a relegation side stand up to the power of Manchester United? Rio Ferdinand could come back into the line up as he is fit again, but they are still missing Nani. United are just in formidable form, winning eight of their last nine matches. It has been an incredible, run and one worthy of taking the title. They have won their last three on the road and have scored ten goals in those three matches. Wayne Rooney has been in blistering form, netting seventeen goals in seventeen matches now for his club. They haven’t lost in their last ten league games now, and with a two point lead now over Manchester City at the top of the table, a win on Monday should really put the title firmly in their grasp.
United are just in incredible scoring mode at the moment, and they have goals in them, especially against weak defences. Manchester United’s defence has also been standing up, with three clean sheets in a row as well. Having racked up eleven wins from fifteen away matches in the Premier League this season, it is hard to see them losing. They are averaging 2.27 goals away from home this season and are conceding on average less than a goal per game. The masters of the Premier League have ramped things up again, with Ferguson using of all of their experience to guide them home. They are unlikely to throw points away in a match like this.
23rd February 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Online bookmaker Paddy Power are running some good football betting coverage on Man City v Blackburn betting in the Premier League this weekend. Manchester City put in a comprehensive display to crush FC Porto in the Champions League midweek, and now they turn their attentions back to their Premier League quest. Manchester City of course have been flexing their attacking muscles for the large part of the season thanks to the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli in their ranks. They could be getting Carlos Tevez back into a shirt soon after the Argentinean apologised and is trying to make amends with the club. Because there are usually plenty of goals flying around in Manchester City matches, online bookmaker Paddy Power have decided to run the gauntlet and launch a Money Back Special for the visit of struggling Blackburn. If there are four or more goals in the Man City v Blackburn match on Saturday, then Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast bets placed on the match. This provides superb Man City v Blackburn betting coverage on the match, and will let you dip into the First Goalscorer Market, where Sergio Aguero is 3/1 favourite to open the scoring, with team mates Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko trading at an equal 7/2 behind him in the market. Blackburn’s Yakubu is the best option on them at a price of 12/1 in the Man City v Blackburn betting First Goalscorer market. The Paddy Power Money Back Special also means that there is good coverage in the Correct Score market for the match, where a comfortable Man City 2-0 win fetches a price of 6/1.
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Manchester City v Blackburn Betting Odds
Man City to win: 1/5 at Boylesports
Draw: 7/1 at BetVictor
Blackburn to win: 18/1 at BetVictor
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When the two sides met earlier in the season in the Premier League, there were four goals in the match, with City running out 4-0 winners at Ewood Park with goals from Johnson, Balotelli, Nasri and Savic. Manchester City have now rolled out five wins in their last six league matches, and have a 100% home record at the Etihad Stadium this season. City take a two point lead at the top of the table over rivals Manchester City and will look to at least maintain that advantage. While City are chasing silverware at the top of the table, there is a different story for Blackburn Rovers, who continue to struggle and continue to be threatened with relegation. They are fourth from the bottom going into the weekend’s matches, but are just two points off the bottom. They gave themselves a bit of a lifeline in their last league matches, edging out QPR in a 3-2 victory. That has been their only win in their last four Premier League matches now, and they have only won one match away from home all season. While you have to take into account Manchester City’s firepower when it comes to the Paddy Power Money Back special for Man City v Blackburn betting, but also the amount of goals in Blackburn’s matches. There was five in their last match against QPR and eight in their match before that against Arsenal. The chances of there being four or more goals in the game is pretty fair when all things are weighed up in this title chaser v relegation battler match up.
19th December 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
All sorts of interesting connotations surround Tuesday’s Premier League match of Blackburn v Bolton. The two sides are struggling at the bottom of the table, with bottom dead last and Blackburn sitting just one point and one place ahead of them. The respective managers here, Blackburn’s Steve Kean and Bolton’s Owen Coyle are really under the cosh and both are the front runners to be next out of a job when it comes to Premier League manager betting. Bolton are on a terrible slid of seven defeats out of their last eight matches, while Blackburn are scraping together points here and there but continue to simply throw points away through sloppy play. This match really could decide who is next out of a job, and some precedence has to go towards the home side in Blackburn v Bolton betting, even though when it comes to goals scored and goals conceded both are matching pretty evenly. Bolton have the league’s worst defensive record of having conceded 38 goals, two worse than Blackburn, while Blackburn have scored three more goals than Bolton. So defensive issues are definitely the key problems for both of these sides, and now this is a massive match at the foot of the table and a great way to start of your Christmas week of football betting. Who will prevail? Who will be out of a job next? It really is as much of this game being a case of under pressure Steve Kean v Owen Coyle at the moment, as it is Blackburn v Bolton. Should be a fascinating battle at Ewood Park on Tuesday, really with no holds barred in scrapping for their jobs and Premier League lives. The bookies are giving the nod towards Blackburn picking up a home win, and that is the biggest advantage to which they can play to on Tuesday night. They have to make this one count, and therefore they do make the better option in your football betting for this one.
Blackburn v Bolton Betting Odds at Victor Chandler
Blackburn 10/11, Draw 12/5, Bolton 11/4
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16th December 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Blackburn v West Brom betting on Saturday in the Premier League sees two out of form teams go head to head. The struggles at Blackburn continue, and it is by some miracle that boss Steve Kean is still in a job. Rovers have won just twice this season and really need a win to start trying to claw their way out of the relegation zone. They have the second worst defensive record in the Premier League though, and until they fix the problems at the back, they are going to struggle. If they could just tighten up back there, they are scoring enough goals to get themselves up around mid table somewhere. But they are leaking goals, and have just one win in their last eight matches. So there is a big three points at stake on Saturday.
Roy Hodgson’s West Brom are slipping backwards, unable to put any consistency together. The Baggies are with just one win in their last six matches, and were embarrassed by a comeback from struggling Wigan last weekend in the Premier League, throwing away three home points after being in the lead. Both sides need to find a way to start winning again, and both sides will be eyeing up a massive three points from this match.
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23rd September 2011 / callum - Category:
Saturday 24th September
English Premier League
Newcastle v Blackburn
Fresh from an entertaining victory over struggling Arsenal, Blackburn travel to the North East to try and halt Newcastle’s undefeated start to the season.
Alan Pardew was not a popular choice when replacing Chris Houghton last season but like all football fans, the Toon Army are fickle and it’s Chris Who these days as Pardew has led his troops to an early fourth placed position. Three draws and two wins from five matches have proven there is life after Joey Barton, Jose Enrique and Kevin Nolan who all moved on during the summer. Pardew has brought in several new players but the ethos behind his team remains the same – hard to beat. Draws away to Villa and QPR, their two most recent games, have not been pretty on the eye but they are precious away points and every team would like to be able to get them. Their two victories have also been hard fought and both by won by the odd goal so although they may be hard to beat, they can struggle to score goals as well and as of yet, have failed to replace Andy Carroll who left in January.
Blackburn were struggling early in the season, without a point in three, but they have picked up four points from their last two games and as mentioned in the opening line, secured a major coup in the defeat of Arsenal last weekend at Ewood Park in a seven goal thrilled. Obviously the main talking point after the game was about how Arsenal had capitulated in yet another game but credit must go to Rovers who have shown a willingness to attack and get at teams this season. Yakubu, making his home debut, notched two and he could prove to be a very shrewd acquisition for Steve Kean. Other new singings include Scott Dann and David Goodwillie who both come with big expectations. Rovers kept their good run going in midweek with a 3-2 win over Leyton Orient in the League cup, it was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests but it also kept the confidence up and was another chance for other players to get some game time and give the manager food for thought ahead of tomorrow’s trip to St James’ Park.
Newcastle have been strong at home since their return from the Championship in 2010. Pardew has looked to Leon Best and Shola Ameobi mainly in the search for a prolific goalscorer with Demba Ba having to do with a place on the bench alongside Peter Lovenkrands who scored twice against Nottingham Forest in midweek. With the loss of Kevin Nolan as well it meant losing a good 15 goals from midfield so the fact they have only managed to score four goals in their five matches is not a major surprise.
Blackburn have a terrible away record and it must improve for them to ensure they move away from the relegation zone. In eleven games on the road in 2011 they have won just once whilst losing six. In that run they have conceded 25 goals so it’s clear they must shore things up at the back in order to get more points away from home. With Dann alongside Chris Samba, you would expect them to be resolute and solid so time will tell if the new partnership can stop the leak.
Newcastle are not everybody’s cup of tea for a variety of reasons but this is the kind of match they have learned to win which is a good knack to have. I don’t think it will be pretty but I think the home side can just edge the contest.
My Selection: Newcastle to beat Blackburn
Best odds available: 10/11 available with Ladbrokes
English Premier League
Wigan v Tottenham
Wigan lost out to two late goals at Everton last Saturday whilst Spurs dominated a poor Liverpool side to record their second league win in a row and start their charge up the table.
Roberto Martinez must have thought that his players had done enough to leave Goodison with a point last weekend but it was not to be as the Toffees new boys struck late to keep all three points on Merseyside. It was Wigan’s second league defeat of the season but it is now three losses in a row when you take into account their loss to Crystal Palace in the league cup a fortnight ago. Their home record is decent with four points from a possible six including a 2-0 win over QPR at the end of August. After surviving the drop on the final day of last season Martinez may have hoped that with some new signings he could lead his side up the table and avoid another relegation battle but the signs are still there that they will struggle once again.
Tottenham started the season really poorly with heavy defeats to both Manchester clubs but it now looks as though they are coming together and starting to play like the have for the past two seasons under Harry Redknapp. A comfortable win away to Wolves was followed by an emphatic 4-0 defeat of big-spending Liverpool at White Hart Lane last Sunday. The visitors were reduced to 9 men by the end of the match but even before the sending off’s, Spurs were well in control and looked in the mood from the very first whistle. Tomorrow’s match is a big one as, depending on results, they can climb to as high as fourth. Of course, it is extremely early in the season to be worrying too much about league placings but it is a major boost to all concerned, especially after such a poor start.
Wigan will be without their star striker, Hugo Rodallega, who was injured in last Saturday’s defeat to Everton. It is not as bad as first feared but he will not be fit for tomorrow so it will be down to the likes of Franco Di Santo and Victor Moses who must now start proving their worth on a regular basis and get the goals that can lead their club to a higher position.
Spurs good form was hampered by a penalty shoot-out loss to Stoke in the League cup but it was a much changed side to the one who will turn out tomrrow. A key player in their resurgence has been Emmanuel Adebayor who is on a season’s long loan from Man City. The former Arsenal striker was not warmly welcomed by the Spurs faithful but it’s yet another case of fickle football fans as the big striker is now their favourite player after scoring three goals in two matches. He looks the type of player who will have a big say in most of the game’s he plays.
Spurs have an indifferent record away to Wigan really with just one win from their last four meetings at the DW Stadium. That win came two seasons ago whilst last years match ended in a draw. Wigan struggle to score goals at the best of times but with their top striker and best player not available, it makes things even harder. Spurs looked very good last week and I have every faith they can follow up again tomorrow.
My Selection: Tottenham to beat Wigan
Best price available: 19/20 available with PaddyPower
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21st May 2011 / callum - Category:
Delving into the lower leagues in Scotland for the first of two bets on Sunday as Ayr United travel to Brechin for the second leg of their play-off final.
The first leg of this match took place on Wednesday at Somerset Park when Ayr dominated for much of the match but were made to pay for a plethora of missed chances as the visitors scored late on to ensure that the clubs head into tomorrow’s match level at 1-1. The teams were nip and tuck for much of the season in the league with two points separating them at the end of the campaign. United have already seen off thrid place Forfar in the semi-final of the play-off’s whilst Brechin got the better of Cowdenbeath, the side who finished second bottom of the First Division.
Brian Reid, Ayr United’s manager, has already guided his side to the First divison during his reign so has the experience of what it takes to get promoted. He has had to work with a small squad all season which is the major reason as to why their challenge for automatic promotion faded in the middle to latter part of the season. Reid has called on for one last big effort from the Ayr United support who have shown themselves to be one of the best travelling sets of fans in the lower divisions, if not all of Scotland. Being one of the largest towns in Scotland, Ayr can call on big numbers for away matches, so much so that they will have nearly double the amount of fans compared to Brechin tomorrow.
Brechin have done well to sustain a challenge for promotion all season considering they are working with even smaller resources than Sunday’s opponents. Jim Weir deserves a lot of credit for churning out more and more from his players which was evidenced in the semi-final as they turned in a fantastic performance in the second leg against Cowdenbeath when they won 2-0 away despite drawing the first leg at home. Weir has experience of the SPL and First division as a player but has never managed in it so Sunday is a massive day for him personally. He will look to his top scorer Rory McAllister for the goals once again as the hitman was the difference when these two sides last met earlier this month. McAllister has been the subject of strong interest from other teams and it’s no surprise as is average for Brechin is much better than a goal every other game – tomorrow could be vital in Brechin’s attempts to keep him at the club.
Brechin have not played in the First Division since 2006 whilst Ayr were relegated two seasons ago. There is not much between the sides as emphasised in the odds for the match tomorrow but there was enough about Ayr on Wednesday night to suggest that they are in the better form and are more threatening going forward to side with them.
My Selections: Ayr United to beat
Best odds available: 9/5
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English Premier League
Wolverhampton v Blackburn
It’s survival Sunday in the Premier League this weekend and two sides right in the thick of it are Wolves and Blackburn who clash at Molineaux.
Wolves have put back to back victories together at the exactly right stage of the season after beating both West Brom and Sunderland. To get maximum points from two games at this point in the season makes all the difference and it looks as though it will be enough for them to survive for another season. What has been particularly impressive has been the style of their victories. They haven’t been lucky or negative, they have played excellent football, scored plenty of goals and been thoroughly deserving of both. It’s even more of a feat considering they have been without their best player in Kevin Doyle who was injured on international duty eight weeks ago. Mick McCarthy is a realist and will not be accepting that his side are safe until it is mathematically impossible for sides below them to reach or surpass their point’s total.
Blackburn are level on points with Wolves but have a significantly better goal difference than them and the rest of the teams fighting against relegation. Steve Kean will have been happy with the point they gained last weekend against Manchester United but he know’s there is still some work to do to ensure he leads Rovers to safety. Blackburn have lost just three of their last nine games which is relatively good form for a side so close to the bottom and looks as though it’s making the difference between staying up and going down. They have been slightly less adventurous than tomorrow’s opponents having scored just six goals in eight games but every team’s approach and style is different – if it’s enough for the fans to be able to look forward to another season in the Premier League, nobody will be caring.
If either of these sides win they are guaranteed to stay up whilst defeat would mean they would at the mercy of other sides in the league. It would mean that two out of Blackpool, Wigan and Birmingham would have to win for the defeated side to drop into relegation zone. All three of those sides face difficult away fixtures which increases the chances for both Wolves and Blackburn. Blackpool have to visit the Champions, Birmingham are away to Spurs, chasing fifth placed, whilst Wigan have to travel to Stoke who always provide a stern test no matter what the circumstances are.
The odds seemed stacked in both Wolves and Blackburn’s favour tomorrow for staying up. Chances are that all three of the sides below them could fail to win which would almost ensure safety. We’ve all seen it before in every country when results elsewhere dictate’s what happens in this kind of game. Should two of Blackpool, Birmingham and Wigan be losing with 20 minutes to go then there is very big chance of the game at Molineaux coming to a standstill and the clock running down whilst one of the sides play keep ball. It’s not nice to see but we’re not naive enough to think it doesn’t happen.
With that in mind, the draw looks the safest option on such an important day.
My Selection: Wolves to draw with Blackburn
Best price available: 9/4 available with Totesport
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Saturday 7th May
English Premier League
West Ham United v Blackburn Rovers
Massive match at Upton Park on Saturday as both West Ham and Blackburn are still right in the thick of a relegation battle and desperately need points in their bid for survival.
West Ham put in a decent enough performance last Sunday when away to fourth placed Manchester City. They went down narrowly losing 2-1 but it’s yet another game, in a list of many, where they’ve came away with no points. Last weekends fixtures saw the Hammers fall to bottom of the division and no team has managed to beat the drop when in last place this late on in the season. Avram Grant is of course no stranger to relegation as he was in charge of Portsmouth when they were demoted last season. He would have been expecting a much easier season in charge of West Ham but that has not been the case. Everyone expected the clarets to kick on when they brought in reinforcements during the January transfer window. They managed a decent enough run of form between February and March but have since tailed off and are now without a win since March. In actual fact, they have lost six of their last seven so it’s no real surprise to see where they are at this point. Their last point was gained in the middle of March so they are certainly right out of form heading into the final three matches of their season.
Although Rovers won last weekend at home to Bolton, they are still not safe from the drop. They are six points clear of tomorrow’s rivals but only half that margin ahead of the third bottom side, Wigan. Steve Kean will have been delighted with last Saturday’s victory as it does provide a bit of breathing space, but will be under no illusions that a point at worst tomorrow could provide so much more and would mean they would all but end West Ham’s hopes of staying up. It may not guarantee safety for Blackburn, but it would eliminate one of the many sides battling to beat the drop. Rovers will have to overcome a horrendous away record which has seen them win just three of 17 matches on their travels. Their last win on the road was against West Brom at the back end of last year. It means a run of eight away games without a win. They have lost seven of those but they can take some encouragement from their last trip to the capital when they held Arsenal to a goalless draw.
Tensions will be understandably high tomorrow. West Ham know that anything but a win and there season could be as good as over depending on results elsewhere so they will be going all out for a win. Scott Parker, recently crowned Player of the Year, will have a lot of responsibility on his shoulders once again, but the likes of Robbie Keane and Matthew Upson will also be important as their experience should come to the fore. Blackburn are in diabolical form away from home whilst West Ham are in terrible form overall. With so much at stake and with confidence set to be so low in both camps, the bet I like tomorrow is for their to be more goals in the second half. Often in games, teams who are in low in confidence are very susceptible to conceding late goals as they retreat deeper and deeper into their own half inviting pressure on to them. When you think of how nervous players will be in the opening 45, it looks a sound bet.
Not every bookmaker offers such bets and I apologise in advance if you are unable to place such a bet but I often do these type of wagers in such games and believe it is the best bet of this fixture
My Selection: More goals in second half of the match
Best odds available: 11/10 available with Coral
English Premier League
Everton v Manchester City
Manchester City look to have secured the fourth and final Champions League spot but as it’s not totally sealed, will be looking for all three points when they visit Goodison to face Everton.
Everton are really only playing for pride as they approach the final few games of the season. They had faint hopes of getting into the final Europa League spot but those seemed to be distant memory now as Spurs are seven points ahead having played a game less. Moyes will be disappointed as he is very ambitious and would have been targeting Europe through a league finish or from a domestic cup success. Neither will happen now but you can expect the Toffee’s to be kept up to their business as Moyes will be hoping to cement seventh place and hold off the challenge of Bolton and Fulham, with the latter of the two finishing the season strongly. Every position counts in the Premier League as more prizemoney is awarded the higher you finish. With Everton one of the clubs who can’t rely on massive investment, it can make a big difference to their budget for the following season.
Roberto Mancini looked to be a couple of games from the sack about a month ago when they were struggling for form but football’s a funny old game and City have not only strengthened their grip on the final Champions League spot but they have also defeated their city rivals, United, in the semi final of the FA Cup which means they have the curtain piece to the domestic season to look forward to in a fortnight when they face Stoke at Wembley. It would be a unique ‘double’ of sorts for the Italian and his players who had to achieve something this season or their knives would have been out for him. Last weekends win over West Ham, aligned with Spurs defeat to Chelsea has all but ruled the London side out of the running whilst Liverpool’s late surge has come to late as they have also played a game more than City.
Everton’s recent record against the light Blues has been excellent. They have won six of the last seven meetings between the two including the one just before Christmas where they were very impressive. Recent results, and performances against City may suggest that Moyes has the Indian sign over the mega-rich club and it’s something that the man in the away dugout will be hoping that it’s a run which comes to an end starting tomorrow.
Mancini can obviously call on a far bigger squad of players than tomorrow’s counterpart but it’s not exactly hindered Everton in the past. The players work so well as a unit and despite the lack of numbers, there is certainly a great deal of quality in the squad. They have had to contend with massive injury problems this season which has stretched their squad so it is testament to Moyes and his players that they are in the position they are currently in.
Everton have certainly performed really well against City of late and it’s a run I envisage continuing tomorrow simply because of their ability to raise their game when they wish. They’re not always consistent but the odds on a home win are too attractive to knock back.
My Selection: Everton to beat Manchester City
Best odds available: 7/4 available with Victor Chandler
English League One
Southampton v Walsall
We delve into League One for the third preview of the weekend and pay a visit to St Mary’s where recently promoted Southampton play host to relegation threatened Walsall.
Nigel Adkins and his side have been the team to follow in recent weeks as they have powered themselves into the second automatic promotion spot behind runaway leaders Brighton. Adkins, who took the job after Alan Pardew was sacked earlier in the season, will be thrilled that his side have achieved their goal with a game to spare and that they can enjoy playing infront of their fans without any real pressure put upon them. This is further enhanced because of their opponents tomorrow as Walsall will be scrapping for their lives looking for points to ensure they are still in the division come next season. The Saints won’t be in the division but they will be plying their trade in the next level of English football. They have won 12 of their last 14 league games, an incredible record by anyone’s standards in any division. It may not come as a surprise considering the players at the club and the quality they have within the squad but they still have to have the right attitude and desire to go and perform and win matches which they certainly have had in recent weeks and months.
Walsall currently sit on the threshold of relegation, one point above Dagenham and Redbridge who occupy the final relegation spot. They are in decent enough form of late as they are unbeaten in three and won last time out but they would have liked a better game to finish with than they one they are currently faced with. Any side would like their destiny in their own hands which the Saddlers have but they would have preferred to be at home on the final day. As it is they have to travel to the form side in the division, if not the country, and attempt to win which would guarantee their survival. Of course, they could end up losing the match and still stay up depending on results elsewhere but it’s hardly something they’ll wish to experience as their nerves will be bad enough when they stop on to that pitch tomorrow.
Looking at the prices for this game and you can obviously see that the fact Southampton have nothing but pride to play for and Walsall everything to play for, has played a massive part in the pricing of the fixture. If this games was played last week you would never have gotten close to the price Southampton will be whilst Walsall would have been much bigger, probably double what they currently are.
Walsall can console themselves with the fact that Dagenham too are away and face a difficult match against free-scoring Peterbrough at London Road – not a gimmee by any stretch of the imagination.
It will be party time for the home side tomorrow and the fans will expect a good performance to sign off what has been a successful season. They have so much quality and so many goals in the side that their price is a false one to me and I believe the bookies have got this one wrong.
My Selection: Southampton to beat Walsall
Best odds available: 4/6 available with Betfred