Live On Sky Sports 1: Mon: 20:00. Chris Hutcheon previews Monday night’s televised Premier League clash at Ewood Park and fancies Blackburn to see off Sunderland.
Blackburn were one of the clubs criticised by Danny Murphy for being over physical but Sam Allardyce’s side, as the Rovers boss was keen to point out, have one of the best disciplinary records in the Premiership and they shouldn’t need to rough up Sunderland to take all three points from the pair’s Ewood Park tussle.
Admittedly, the Black Cats (11/4 ) run of draws will lure punters towards the 12/5 chalked against the stalemate by bet365 but aided by home advantage and spurred on by Murphy’s comments, the hosts look the pick at 23/20 (Totesport).
It’s not a game that promises goals, after all, Blackburn’s three home matches have only produced half a dozen and a tally of fewer than 2.5 goals looks a relatively safe bet at 8/11 with Stan James.
For the more ambitious, Ladbrokes quote Rovers at 7/1 to bag the game’s only goal or alternatively in what is set to be a tight affair, 888Sport offer 3/1 for Allardyce’s charges to come out on top by a one-goal margin.
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Blackburn to beat Sunderland – 23/20 (Totesport)