It’s beginning to look like that 3-2 win at Old Trafford was a case of the Red Devils being in disarray rather than any real quality on the part of Rovers, with a home defeat against Stoke following hard on the heels of that victory and this match is bordering on must-win for the Lancashire side.
The bookmakers have stopped making Blackburn favourites to win these sort of matches and Betfred (£50 free bets) go as far as to offer 2/1 about a team who will have to endure protests about the owners and manager throughout the contest.
Not that Fulham can be backed with massive confidence away from Craven Cottage, even if they did manage a very comfortable win over League One high fliers Charlton last weekend. Martin Jol’s team have just one victory on the road and can be backed at 8/5 (£100 free betting) to double that tally at Ewood Park.
Given that the Cottagers have drawn five matches away from home, the 12/5 about this match finishing all square probably offers the best value of all, although we should note the recent scoring form of Clint Dempsey who managed to score a hat-trick against the Addicks last weekend.
The American has twelve goals for the season and seven of these have come in his last nine matches, meaning that he looks a worthwhile bet at 7/1 to score the opening goal in this game.
Perhaps Yakubu can come to the rescue for Rovers and the Nigerian is a 6/1 chance to break the deadlock and offer hope to supporters who feel that there is no hope under the current regime.