Many people tipped Blackburn to struggle this season and Steve Kean’s side have not disappointed on that front, losing home matches to Wolves and Everton while also being beaten 3-1 at Aston Villa. It wasn’t a particularly tricky opening set of fixtures for Rovers who now go in search of their first points at Craven Cottage.
Kean did recruit some new faces on deadline day including Yakubu and Scott Dann, with both players likely to line up against Fulham and the visitors are available at 9/2 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to kick start their season with a victory. A draw is certainly not beyond the visitors considering that the Cottagers are yet to score in the Premier League this season.
Martin Jol’s men might have slowly worked their way into the Europa League group stages, although Fulham followed up a goalless draw with Villa with defeats at Wolves and Newcastle, with little suggestion that the Dutchman had figured out how the west London side were going to become more successful on the road this term.
Even so, the bookmakers offer 8/11 (Coral – £30 free betting) that the home side win this fixture and we should see Jol revert back to a 4-4-2 formation that utilises Moussa Dembele and Andy Johnson, unless Bobby Zamora is fit enough to take his place in attack for Fulham.
Neither side will want to give much away considering their respective poor starts to the season and it is easy to see the game being decided by one goal, with a 1-0 win in favour of Blackburn surely way too big at 12/1. Rovers missed two penalties in their last match against Everton and offered plenty going forward against the Toffees.