Blackburn boss Steve Kean seemed to be on borrowed time at Ewood Park but with his side unbeaten in their opening six and on top of the Championship, the under-fire manager is going some way towards answering his critics.
In action before any of their rivals, Rovers can ensure they retain first place too because they look likely to retain their hundred percent home record by racking up another three points at the expense of Middlesbrough.
Stan James price Kean’s charges at 5/6 to get the better of a Boro side battered 4-1 at Blackpool in midweek and struggling on the road while bet365 offer odds of 8/5 for the hosts to prevail in a match that produces at least three goals.
The key to Rovers’ early-season success has been their attack with only Blackpool in second having managed more goals and both Nuno Gomes and Jordan Rhodes already look like excellent captures.
The former has struck in each of his last four matches while Rhodes has three in his last two since joining from Huddersfield and it’s the Scotland international that should be backed at 9/2 with BetVictor to break the deadlock.
Jordan Rhodes to score first – 9/2 (BetVictor)