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Nic Ladds 13th May 2011 - 10:16

Can Blackburn delay United's celebrations?

A solitary point is enough for Manchester United to be confirmed as Premier League champions away at Blackburn, despite it being something of a formality.

Blackburn (4/1) are still perilously close to the drop zone, just three points separate them from Blackpool in 18th. Their goal difference is slightly better than the teams around them but as the reverse fixture at Old Trafford ended 7-1 earlier this season, that may not last long.

Manchester United (3/4) will surely be doing all they can to make sure they seal the title as early as possible so they can fully focus on their Champions League final clash with Barcelona. They have only won five matches of their 18 on the road and shared the spoils in nine, so you will have to be wary of the draw (12/5).

United's success has been built on foundations of their home form. They have won 17 and drawn one of their 18 at home which is the main reason they will be crowned champions. They have been shaky away though, dropping points far too often.

As Blackburn are still embroiled in a relegation scrap, I don't expect them to give up the points as easily as they have against Man Utd in the past. They have not beaten Sir Alex Ferguson's men in their last nine meetings in the Premier League.

They don't come into this clash on the best of form though; Steve Kean's men have won only one of their last 12 games in the league so confidence is low.

One of the reasons they are so low in the table is their lack of firepower. Apart from Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City (both 19), Blackburn have scored the lowest number of goals at home this season - hitting the net just 21 times at Ewood Park.

I think 2/1 on Man Utd being the only team to score looks like a solid price if you think The Red Devils will dominate proceedings. You can also have 5/4 on them keeping a clean sheet in our 'goal markets'.

The story of this match will most likely be Dimitar Berbatov (should he start that is). The Bulgarian hit man scored five in the 7-1 rout at Old Trafford which means he has six in five against them overall.

You can get 9/2 on Berbatov getting the first or last goal, 6/5 on him scoring any time or 5/1 on two or more goals. For the more adventurous of you, 25/1 is available on him getting a hat-trick.

Some hope will come for the home side from the fact Man Utd have only won one and lost three of their last five Premier League away matches. As the visitors just need a point, I can really see them sharing the spoils at 12/5.

If you do fancy a specific side then I would point you to Man Utd draw no bet at 1/3 or Blackburn AND the draw in the double chance market at Evens.

Manchester United will win the league, but this isn't a great time to travel to Blackburn with every point being battled for. The home side are on the back of a home win and away draw - will they force United to win it with a point or even delay celebrations for another week?



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