Goals galore at Ewood Park
The last time we wrote about Steve Kean, it was to suggest that a trip to the job centre was soon to be on the cards. Blackburn then went on to beat Arsenal. Well, we’re writing again about Steve Kean, suggesting that a trip to the job centre is soon to be on the cards. Read into that what you will.
October 26th, 2011
Tonight, Blackburn have a Carling Cup tie against an inexplicably still unbeaten Newcastle team and even we aren’t mad enough to back Rovers tonight – which probably means that they’ll record a victory tonight.
Rovers go into the game at 21/10 but we still can’t be tempted on the home side, largely because we reckon Newcastle will take this match seriously, probably more seriously than Blackburn.
Despite their lofty position, Alan Pardew is probably wise enough not to put all of his hopes into the basket marked “Champions League qualification via a top four finish”. For all of Newcastle’s achievements so far, only the most deluded of fans at St James’ will believe that they can maintain those lofty heights. And that’s why they’ll have the required number of guns blazing tonight at Blackburn. The chance of a Wembley final and potential Europa League qualification isn’t to be sniffed at.
You’ll find Newcastle at 7/5 generally for this game, although they’re at odds-on if you want the security of the draw no bet. We think that Newcastle will win the game but we think that there’s better value in the scoring markets.
Firstly, this match has goals written all over it. So far in the Carling Cup, Newcastle’s two matches have yielded 11 goals (although four of those have been in extra time), which the two League Cup matches involving Blackburn have seen nine goals. You can still get 1.90 on Betfair on over 2.5 goals – well worth it on our view.
Also worth a look is the 12/5 being offered by Sky Bet on Jason Roberts to score at any time in the match, given the striker’s fine form against the Toon Army.
Roberts has scored three goals in his last four matches against Newcastle and has also scored four in his last four starts against the men from the North East. That’s a fine record in anyone’s book.
And if you do think that Blackburn will struggle again tonight, Ladbrokes are still 10/11 on Steve Kean being the next Premier League manager to collect his P45.
Blackburn Rovers vs Newcastle: Jason Roberts to score at any time – 12/5 (Sky Bet)
Blackburn Rovers vs Newcastle: Over 2.5 goals – 1.90 (Betfair)