Blackburn v Hull: Under 2.5 goals looks the call at Ewood Park

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Hull’s games in the Championship last season averaged fewer goals than any other club in the division and this can continue into the new campaign at Blackburn.

It is 4/6 that fewer than 2.5 goals are netted at Ewood Park and given Hull’s tendency to be involved in low-scoring games this looks a fine price.

Over 60 per cent of Hull’s league fixtures last season saw two or fewer goals scored and despite having a new manager in Steve Bruce, their opening game of the current campaign ended in a 1-0 win at home to Brighton.

Bruce picked quite an attacking line-up for this success, but is likely to set up more defensively for the trip to Blackburn, probably with five across the midfield to make them tougher to break down.

The pressure remains on Blackburn boss Steve Kean after their relegation from the Premier League and this is his first opportunity of the season to prove to the home fans that he remains the man for the job.

Blackburn do have the added class to triumph and assuming that Kean can get things right, 10/11 looks a big price for a home win.

Kean’s hopes should be boosted by the return of David Dunn after he missed the weekend draw at Ipswich injured, while he can join Danny Murphy in the heart of the midfield as the captain has overcome a calf problem.

Hull are 3/1 to triumph and become only the second team to have retained a 100 per cent winning start through just two games of the season, following Blackpool.

The draw can be backed at 12/5 and this is a result that surely Hull will settle for ahead of kick-off.

Alternatively, there may also be some value in the 10/3 on offer for a total of one goal being scored in the clash.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.