While the Midlands side remain eight points clear of the drop zone, defeat at Ewood Park on Saturday is likely to see the margin reduced, with Wolves, QPR, Bolton and Wigan looking to work their way clear of trouble.
Blackburn are the 7/5 favourites (bet365 £200 free bets) to claim victory and Rovers did win their last match on home soil when beating QPR 3-2. There was no surprise when Steve Kean’s side went and lost 3-0 to Manchester City, although trips to Wolves and Bolton follow this game so it is imperative that they land the spoils.
Yakubu will be a popular First Goalscorer bet at odds of 5/1 (Bet Victor) against a Villa side that played out a goalless draw at Wigan last weekend, something which means the visitors are without a win in their past five matches.
To compound matters, Darren Bent is sidelined for the foreseeable future and Robbie Keane’s loan spell at the club has ended, something that leaves the Villans short when it comes to attacking options.
Gabby Agbonlahor will carry the can for Villa and the speedy forward is a 15/2 chance (bet365) to score the first goal of the game, while Stiliyan Petrov is expected to return to the team for this game.
The away team did beat Blackburn 3-1 back in August and they are on offer at 11/5 (Blue Square free bets) to claim a Premier League double which would ease any relegation fears. McLeish can ill afford another relegation scrap following Birmingham’s unsuccessful campaign last term.