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Stuart Dalgleish 6th May 2012 - 19:17

Get ready for another Lancashire hotpot!

Blackburn v Wigan preview - Monday 20:00 live on Sky Sports 1

After the 'unmissable' Manchester derby last week, the Sky cameras are back in the Northwest for a just as vital Lancashire derby as Blackburn (6/4) take on Wigan (19/10, draw 21/10) at Ewood Park.

After Sunday's games, Blackburn are still alive, just, but they need to rack up the goals against their Lancastrian rivals and hope for favours elsewhere on the last day of the season.

These two sides always tend to produce goals whenever they meet; 49 goals have been scored in 13 Premier League matches - and our Match Winner is for another goal-fest in Blackburn.

We've enhanced the price on 5 or more goals being scored in the game from 9/2 to 6/1!

That offer came in earlier in the season when the sides met at the DW Stadium, Yakubu (5/1 first goal) scored in the 99th minute to salvage a 3-3 draw (50/1) for Rovers after they'd had David Dunn (11/1) sent off, it's 15/4 for either team to go down to ten men in this clash.

We know Wigan have certainly got goals in them; they've proved it so often in the last few weeks as they've dragged themselves away from the relegation zone, but their record at Ewood is poor and they have also struggled against the 'lesser' sides this season.

The Latics have never won at Blackburn, have lost their last five there and have also lost two of their last three away from home - this is by no means a banker for Roberto Martinez's men, but then it's not very often that they're expected to pick up three points anyway.

The Spaniard will be more than happy with a draw (13/2 for a 1-1) in this big Monday night fixture, it will as good as guarantee them safety while relegating their opponents at the same time, but it's never been the former Swansea gaffer's approach to sit on what they've got.

You have to admire that about the recent manager of the month winner, he sticks to his guns no matter who the opponent and no matter what the situation - his teams will always try and play football the right way and it makes Athletic easy on the eye.

You can't really say the same rings true about Blackburn; working under Sam Allardyce, Steve Kean will have learnt how to make his team gritty and tough to beat, he's got the grittiness alright but the tough to beat part has alluded them all too often this season.

The fan protests have been in overdrive, and I would find it surprising if the Scot didn't just say 'I don't need this' should Rovers fail to beat the drop and give the Venky's his letter of resignation.

For now though, the Rovers chief has to lift his players for their final home game of the season, and see if they can take the relegation battle to the last day of the season.

While there's no getting away from the fact that the away team are the ones in form, I think that Rovers will have been buoyed by Sunday's results and they'll be fired up to get the maximum haul.

Blackburn have relied heavily on Yakubu and the Nigerian is streets ahead of his team-mates in the goal charts, but David 'Junior' Hoilett (13/2) has found a bit of form recently and you can the back the Canadian to score at anytime in a home win at 10/3.

The Yak and Hoilett both found the net in the reverse fixture and it's 11/2 that they both score in this clash too.

Wigan continue to share their goals equally, with Franco di Santo (6/1) and Victor Moses (7/1) both having six for the season, it's a 19/5 chance that former Palace flyer Moses notches in an away win.

Steve will certainly not be Kean to see that outcome happen, his side simply have to pick up three points as they have to try win at Chelsea on the final day of the season and that won't be easy no matter what team the Blues put out.

The relegation fight is going to go to the final day of the season, but will there be four teams fighting it out or just two? Roberto Martinez (Wigan 33/1 to go down) will be hoping just Bolton (3/10) and QPR (12/5) are in for a nervy afternoon.

 

 
 
 

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