The Premier League clash tonight of Blackburn v Manchester United (8pm) is a crucial game for both teams at either end of the table. Man Utd need to go five points clear of Man City at the top while Blackburn are staring at the oblivion that is Championship football.
At face value, the 2/5 with Bet365 Bookies about Manchester Utd to win away tonight looks good value. They have won their last six and are marching on to another Premiership title. While Blackburn are in a fight to avoid going down and are a best priced 13/8 in the relegation betting odds to disappear from the top flight.
Man United are much the best team, fact. Maybe, but football does not work like that and given the importance of this fixture Blackburn will be keen to salvage at least a vital point. Meanwhile Utd are under pressure to take this gift of three points but they may just have it in the back of their mind that Blackburn could be a major banana skin once again. After all Man Utd lost to these opponents at the turn of the year in an epic 3-2 encounter.
That result will feed Blackburn’s confidence about taking something from this game. As a result I would be keen to field against Manchester United in this fixture. Even the most ardent and positive fan would be loathed to lump too much on the biggest price available about a home win, which is the 8/1 with Stan James Bookmakers.
Instead the shrewd money might be a lay of the prohibitive odds on Manchester United to win this match. If you lay the odds-on with Betfair Betting Exchange then if Blackburn manage to steal the point they will be so desperately seeking or even sneak an unlikely win because of home advantage, as they did on the last day of 2011, you will profit. Be the bookmaker and take on the Premier League leaders.
One thing is for certain, Blackburn will be doing everything in their power to avoid a loss as they stare into the dreaded abyss of relegation.