On a weekend where the focus is very much at the bottom of the Premier League there is no bigger “six-pointer” than this.
The home side are rock bottom in the league, with the visitors a point and a place better off in 19th. Bizarrely in the modern world, both managers appear to have the backing of their owners, although the key word could be “appear”.
This will be a fiercely contested match, not least because it is a North West derby and the odds of a red card (371/100 with Betfair) could be worth considering. Wigan have lost nine matches in a row and confidence has to be at a low ebb. The bookies rate them a 8/5 chance (Boylesports – £40 free bets) and, on the basis that they can’t lose forever, this could be worth considering.
However, given that Blackburn haven’t won in six league games perhaps the smart play here is the draw at 23/10 with Stan James. Steve Kean’s charges have drawn three of their five away matches thus far and in a battle between two struggling sides another stalemate could well be on the cards.
Perhaps surprisingly, while Blackburn’s major problem has been conceding goals they have found scoring them relatively easy. They have scored in every single away game this season and so backing both teams to score at 4/5 (Ladbrokes) looks like it could be fruitful. If the away side can keep things tight at the back then they will always have a chance and odds of 19/10 (Stan James – £150 freebetting) do seem large against the team bottom of the league.
However, Blackburn have Chris Samba out injured and fellow centre-back Scott Dann is a doubt. Without their best defenders their already shaky backline will struggle and we think backing Kean’s side should be left strictly to the partisans.