Blackburn v Middlesbrough latest odds, news and free bets

There were rumours that Steve Kean had three games to keep his job at Ewood Park, although the Scot is still there after six and his Blackburn Rovers side are top of the Championship

Blackburn are also one of two teams who have made an unbeaten start to the season, with the Lancashire side coming from a goal down to beat Barnsley on Tuesday night and they will look to continue their 100% unbeaten home record on Friday night.

The bookies offer 5/6 (Blue Square free bets) about the home side winning this Sky-televised contest and it seems a fair price considering they are playing a Boro side who have lost all three away matches to date, conceding eight goals in the process.

Jordan Rhodes is already proving to be an inspired purchase at £8 million, with the former Huddersfield man on offer at 9/2 (Stan James) to break the deadlock, with Nuno Gomes also enjoying himself in front of goal at the moment.

Middlesbrough were soundly beaten 4-1 at Blackpool on Tuesday night, having previously lost matches at Barnsley and Millwall, with manager Tony Mowbray’s hands tied when it comes to strengthening his squad even if acquiring Jonathan Woodgate was a piece of good fortune.

Mowbray said: “We are all in this together, they need to all sit there and feel that defeat, feel that performance.

“There is a ‘no excuse’ culture in this squad. We all know that to get where we want then there is damn hard work required. Together we must move on.

“We have another opportunity on Friday against another very good team who sit above Blackpool in the Championship. We will have to go there and see if we can react.”

Boro are 15/4 (Paddy Power bookmaker) to land their first away win of the season although some will feel that they are ripe for the taking after that heavy defeat at Bloomfield Road and 2/1 is on offer about Rovers leading at half-time and full-time.

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