After defeats to Wolves and Aston Villa, Rovers are rooted to the foot of the Premier League and Steve Kean’s team need a confidence-booster ahead of Saturday’s home match against Everton.
The Carling Cup is a competition that Blackburn won as recently as 2002, although Steve Kean’s side would gladly sacrifice an early exit in this competition and the FA Cup if it meant that the Lancashire club remained a top flight entity.
Rovers are 4/7 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to claim victory against their League One opponents, with Simon Vukcevic having just arrived from Sporting Lisbon for £2 million, although the Montenegro international may not get clearance to line up in Wednesday’s match.
Sheffield Wednesday knocked Blackpool out in the last round after the match at Hillsborough went to penalties and the Owls will have nothing to lose from their trip to Ewood Park against a team struggling for confidence.
Gary Megson’s team are an 11/2 chance (Coral – £25 free betting) to claim a scalp although they have lost both away games in League One this term, with Bury and Bournemouth managing to beat them.
Perhaps this will be the match where David Goodwillie scores his first goal for Blackburn since completing his move from Dundee United and the Scotland international can be backed at 5/1 to break the deadlock, with Jason Roberts also on offer at 5/1.