Sunderland's chance of winning is all but Rover
Blackburn Rovers entertain Sunderland on Monday night and I am not expecting a classic. Sam Allardyce's team is setting foot at Ewood Park for the first time since Danny Murphy's outspoken comments.
He intimated that managers Mick McCarthy, Allardyce and Pulis send out their players so pumped up and full of adrenaline that they commit reckless challenges.
Allardyce is seething about the issue and it will be interesting to see how his squad react. There are not many dirty players at Blackburn and Allardyce stated in last week's Leaders In Football press conference that in the 2009-2010 season, his first fill campaign at Blackburn, yellow cards dropped by twenty-three percent and there was a fifty percent drop in red cards.
Blackburn have the squad to play good attacking football and they have the advantage of home support. However, they have struggled in-front of goal this season.
They have managed a poor seven goals in seven matches so far.
I fancy them to turn the tide and score a few against Sunderland tomorrow. The Sky TV cameras are at Ewood Park and I have a feeling Blackburn will want to show the neutral fans that they can play good football.
Total Blackburn goals at four or more is a generous 14/1 but a more practical option is three Blackburn goals at 6/1.
Blackburn are 11/10 to win the match in ninety minutes and the draw is 9/4 and if you fancy Sunderland to cause an upset they are 5/2 for the away win.
Blackburn are without Keith Andrews and Ryan Nelson is doubtful. The attacking David Dunn should play a part in the match, he is 9/1 to score the last goal and he has a great shot from distance.
Darren Bent is a major doubt for Sunderland after the groin injury he picked up for England. He will be a major loss to the Black Cats because he is clinical in-front of goal. Darren Bent has scored eighty-three percent of Sunderland's league goals this term.
Goals have been at a premium for both these teams but I can see Blackburn sweeping aside Sunderland at Ewood Park and maybe Danny Murphy may just eat his words.