With only one of their rivals in the battle for survival in action, Blackburn have a great chance to put some distance between themselves and the bottom three as they host Sunderland and Ladbrokes make Rovers narrow favourites at 6/4 to send the Black Cats home empty-handed.
The visitors, BetVictor’s 21/10 outsiders, were involved in a frenetic, energy-sapping FA Cup tie at Everton on Saturday and with legs weary from that stalemate and half an eye on next week’s replay, which is surely now the priority for Martin O’Neill’s men, it’s easy to see Sunderland slipping up at Ewood Park.
Nevertheless, it’s a clash in which both teams are likely to score, an outcome Betfred price at 8/11 and with that in mind, Blue Square’s 9/1 for Steve Kean’s charges to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline catches the eye. Alternatively, Ladbrokes rate Rovers at 7/2 to prevail by a one-goal margin.
Blackburn to beat Sunderland 2-1 – 9/1 (Blue Square)