Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United odds and preview

Manchester United have the chance to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League and surely that gap will be insurmountable if the Red Devils claim victory at Ewood Park

Sir Alex Ferguson’s team will be looking to capitalise on a rare home slip-up by Manchester City on Saturday, where the second-placed team scraped a point against a vibrant Sunderland side who surprised everyone with their attacking performance.

The bookies are expecting United to turn the screw at this critical stage of the season, with odds of 2/5 (Paddy Power free bets) about the visitors, although it won’t be a comfortable match against a team who are scrapping for their lives at the foot of the table.

Steve Kean will have had a nightmare Saturday afternoon watching the scores come in, with Wigan, QPR and Bolton all managing to win their respective games which at least means Wolves look nailed-on to be relegated.

However, Rovers are now teetering over the trapdoor and a point from this match would be a bonus that would move Blackburn back above Bolton and the draw can be backed at 4/1 (Boylesports bookmaker).

The home side will have nothing to lose from taking the game to their in-form opponents who showed plenty of nerves when beating Fulham 1-0 last Monday, with United surviving a late and very real penalty claim as Danny Murphy went tumbling in the box.

The good news for the champions is that Wayne Rooney is bang in form and the Manchester United striker can be backed at 3/1 (Sky Bet £10 no deposit) to break the deadlock, although some will prefer Antonio Valencia (10/1) at a much bigger price.

We can easily see the Red Devils keeping this game nice and tight, with odds of 7/1 about a 1-0 scoreline in their favour and a step nearer to a 20th league title.

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