It appears that over 1000 supporters will be staging a protest before Saturday’s match at Ewood Park and the fans will be calling for the removal of Steve Kean as manager.
While it is puzzling to understand why Sam Allardyce was replaced by the Scot midway through last season, surely the focus of the supporters’ ire should be the club’s owners, with Venky’s achieving little other than spouting hot air by outlining grandiose ambitions for the Lancashire club.
Kean continues to state that Blackburn will finish in the top half this season, although 17th would be a fine achievement and his team are the 7/2 outsiders (Victor Chandler – £25 free bet) to claim victory in this televised match.
Rovers have taken just one point from their first four games, although they could feasibly have beaten Everton after missing two penalties and will be hoping to catch the Gunners on the back foot after Arsene Wenger’s team were busy in Europe during the week.
Arsenal managed a fine 1-1 draw in Dortmund and were very close to landing a morale-boosting victory, although the visitors did plenty of defending against the German champions and the Frenchman will have to be careful with team selection.
Even so, the Gunners have the quality to damage their opponents and start to get their Premier League campaign back on track, with last weekend’s 1-0 win over Swansea marking the start of a new-look Arsenal which features the likes of Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun and Per Mertesacker.
Arsenal are 10/11 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to claim victory and they have an in-form striker in Robin van Persie who can cause the home defence some problems. While the Gunners were given a torrid defeat at Old Trafford, they might ultimately be better suited to away matches this term, especially with the pace of Walcott and Gervinho.