Everton v Blackburn Rovers latest odds, news and free bets

Blackburn missed not one but two penalties when the teams met at Ewood Park in August, with Mikel Arteta scoring from the spot for the Toffees as his final act before signing for Arsenal during the transfer window

Since then, Blackburn’s form has largely deteriorated while Everton have kept their heads above water and David Moyes’ team will be looking to build on Saturday’s draw at Aston Villa which saw Victor Anichebe come off the bench to score the equaliser.

The Merseyside club have only won three of their matches at Goodison Park although the 14 points mustered on the road means there is little chance of them being drawn into a relegation fight and Everton will be well backed at odds of 4/7 (Bet Victor) to claim victory.

Yakubu’s sending off against Fulham means that the Nigerian will be denied a return to his former club although hats off to Blackburn for managing to beat Fulham with ten men last weekend, a result which elevated them out of the drop zone.

The Lancashire side are 6/1 (Betfred free bets) to claim victory and it should be noted that their last away match in the Premier League saw Steve Kean’s team land a 3-2 win at Old Trafford.

Junior Hoilett will be required to play in an advanced role against Everton and looks like a big price at 16/1 to score the first goal of the game, although the Toffees are generally involved in low-scoring affairs, with a recent 2-1 home defeat the only game in the last eleven where three or more goals have been scored.

Under 2.5 Goals is surprisingly available at even money, partly based on the Rovers defence not being particularly tight and Christopher Samba’s desire to leave means there could be an even bigger gap on Saturday.

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