What does it feel like to be kicked in the teeth? Just ask any of the 300 Blackburn fans that made the trip north to Sunderland last Sunday, with Rovers leading with eight minutes left only for David Vaughan and Sebastian Larsson to score late goals for the home side.
It is a result that keeps Steve Kean’s side entrenched in the relegation zone and the Scot will hope that his team can once again dust themselves down and produce the same sort of performance that saw them beat Swansea 4-2 in their last home game.
Bet365 (£200 free bets) offer 13/10 that Blackburn claim victory and this would not only move them towards safety but drag West Brom further into the mire. The Baggies will perhaps enjoy getting back on the road where they have enjoyed more success than The Hawthorns this term, although Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Wigan was pretty woeful.
Albion simply aren’t scoring enough goals at the moment, with Roy Hodgson not getting the same sort of consistency he achieved in the second half of last season when replacing Roberto Di Matteo. Just four points have been claimed from the team’s last six games although they are a stand-out 9/4 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to come away with their third away win of the campaign.
West Brom have won at Aston Villa and Norwich already this season and Shane Long is too much of a class act not to keep finding the net, with the Ireland man available at 7/1 to score first. However, Peter Odemwingie is not having the same joy in front of goal he experienced last term and the Nigerian has two all season.
A Nigerian lining up for Blackburn is Yakubu, he who scored four goals against the Swans recently and the Yak is an 11/2 chance to break the deadlock in this match.