It is hard to feel too confident about Blackburn’s prospects this season. Owners Venky’s surprised everyone by rocking the boat midway through the last campaign and dispensing with a perfectly good manager like Sam Allardyce, with the Lancashire club nearly paying the price and only avoiding the drop on the final day.
That May match was at Molineux and Rovers face the same opponents on Saturday, with Wolves also surviving right at the death and both teams will regard this as a perfect early opportunity to collect three points.
Blackburn are 11/10 (William Hill – £25 free bet) to claim victory although you would be backing a team who managed to score just 34 goals in 38 games last term, with David Goodwillie having been signed to improve that particular statistic.
The former Dundee United striker was near the top of the scoring charts in the Scottish Premier League last term, although the standard of football is far higher in the English equivalent and the Scotland international would love a debut goal to settle the nerves. He is 6/1 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to break the deadlock.
Wolves enjoyed an initially bright start last season before being dragged into the bottom three for much of the season and Mick McCarthy will want his team to avoid a relegation scrap for a third successive campaign.
Wanderers are 11/4 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to claim victory and they have spent well in the summer by recruiting Roger Johnson in defence and Jamie O’Hara in the middle of the park. Steven Fletcher was worth his weight in gold towards the end of last season with his goals and the ex-Burnley forward is an 8/1 chance with Victor Chandler to get his team on their way with the first goal.