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Rupert Wyman 16th Sep 2011 - 14:41

It's Samba time at Ewood Park

Both teams have struggled this campaign and the under-pressure Steve Kean will be desperate for his Blackburn side to take all three points at Ewood Park.

Blackburn and Arsenal have just one win between them in the league this season and that was the Gunners' laboured victory over Swansea last weekend. Arsenal are 10/11 to win away, the draw is 9/4 and the home win is 16/5.

There have been protests planned on Saturday, the fans want Kean out of the club and he is 4/9 to be the first Premier League manager to leave a club. Arsene Wenger's Arsenal go into the clash on the back of a tough 1-1 draw at Borussia Dortmund midweek.

However, Rovers have lost nine times in the Premier League at home to Arsenal, more than against any other opponent on their own turf.

They may be fatigued by the game against Dortmund and with Arsenal's early season form, there is little value in the 10/11. Arsenal can call upon Gervinho now that he has finished his three game ban and he is 7/4 to score anytime.

Blackburn are without Pederson and they look very light up-front. The signing of David Goodwillie did not get many people's hearts racing in Lancashire.  Before he moved south, he used to play at Dundee United and he interested Rangers in the summer. He is the 2011 Scottish PFA Young Player of The Year and he is 8/1 to score first.

Blackburn's chances of getting a result against Arsenal will be enhanced if they play a tough physical style of football and get the fans behind them. They will not beat Arsenal by playing good football, they need to stifle the Gunners' attacking play.

Under 2.5 goals is 4/5 but with the players on show, there could be a lack of goals. Gervinho and Goodwillie are not Aguero or Rooney and both sides must be short of confidence.  It is 9/2 for a red card to be shown and you can back a Blackburn player to be carded in the 1st to 15th minute at 8/1.

Wenger is a massive fan of the defender and he wants to make life a 'living hell' for Arsenal at Ewood Park. The highly rated Congo defender has said he will get stuck in and he is 20/1 to score the first goal.

Blackburn are strong at set-pieces and they will be trying to take advantage of Samba's power and height. The Match Winner is for either side to miss a penalty, we have enhanced the price from 12/1 to 16/1.

It is a massive price considering the number of penalties missed in the league this season. Blackburn missed two penalties against Everton and Arsenal failed to convert one against Man Utd.

 

 
 
 

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