Live on Skysports 1: Weds 20.00: Fulham are 11/10 with Totesport in the TV clash against Newcastle but Blackburn are the night’s best bet.
Despite going down 4-0 in the FA Cup at Fulham and losing one of their few fit defenders to suspension in the process, Tottenham are 11/8 favourites with Betfred to glean three points from their trip to Blackburn. However, with news that they may have to call on half-fit centre-back Jonathan Woodgate amidst at a rearguard crisis, Spurs are far from attractive and indeed Rovers could capitalise on the visitors’ problems.
Steve Kean’s side are decent at Ewood Park, where they have won six of their last eight in all competition, so 23/10 for them to emerge triumphant here is simply too big.
A side possessing size and strength, the hosts are capable of taking advantage of the potential soft-centre at the heart of Harry Redknapp’s backline, especially at set-pieces where the likes of Christopher Samba will pose a genuine threat. There’s a modicum of appeal then in bet365’s 4/1 for the opener to be a header and the same firm offer 12/1 for Ryan Nelsen to notch at any time, although punters considering the latter should ensure the Kiwi passes a late fitness test.
Liverpool should also register a home win but are a touch skinny at 4/6 () and a better bet are buoyant Fulham who are 11/10 courtesy of Totesport to kick-on from Sunday’s emphatic FA Cup triumph against Tottenham by getting the better of Newcastle.
At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool tackle struggling West Ham and it’s the Seasiders, a 7/5 chance at Paddy Power that can shade it. Ian Holloway’s side managed to resist the advances of several clubs to retain the services of Charlie Adam and that could prove crucial here. The talented Scot enjoyed a fine game against Manchester United despite having handed in a transfer request but with his future now sorted until the summer, Adam can be even better and he’s overpriced at 13/5 (Coral) to score here, especially as he is responsible for penalties.
Blackburn to beat Tottenham – 23/10 ()
Charlie Adam to score at any time for Blackpool – 13/5 (Coral)