Saturday, February 07, 2009



I am going to oppose Villa today. They are in great form and have won six away starts in a row, but I feel that they have been riding their luck at times. The last five have all been won by a single goal and five of the matches have been secured by a goal scored after the 78th minute. Of course, that says a huge amount about their battling qualities, but there is a limit to how many times you can pull a winner "out of the hat" and in a couple of those games, especially at West Ham and Everton, they were comprehensively outplayed.

Rovers are unbeaten in nine starts under Sam Allardyce and have almost all their players fit and ready to go. There is tremendous competition for places today, both in midfield and up front where new signing El-Hadji Diouf, whom Allardyce got the best out of at Bolton, is vying with Rogue Santa Cruz, Benni McCarthy (who is in fantastic scoring form at Ewood Park) and Jason Roberts for a starting place.

Plenty of options for Big Sam and looking at the two squads, I do not think that there is a tremendous difference between the teams, taking the home at level ball and odds against, seems a no brainer to me.

6.5 points Blackburn level ball 2.07 asian line.

Good Luck.

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