Allardyce not short of options to cover for suspended Samba

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Sam Allardyce will not be too short of options to replace Chris Samba in the Blackburn team as the defender is set to serve a suspension for his dismissal against Sunderland.

Samba is an important part of the Blackburn backline and recently replaced Ryan Nelsen as the club’s captain on the field.

However, he was handed a straight red card for a tug on Danny Welbeck against Sunderland, which guarantees that he will miss their trip to Anfield next to face Liverpool.

Blackburn are 7/2 to beat Liverpool and Allardyce faces a tough decision on who to pair at the heart of his defence against Roy Hodgson’s underperforming team.

Nelsen will surely start if fit, but missed the home clash with Sunderland with a thigh injury and it is still unclear whether he will have sufficiently recovered in time.

Gael Givet moved inside from left-back to partner Samba against Sunderland and did his chances no harm with a clean sheet.

Meanwhile, young prospect Phil Jones is more at home in the centre of the defence, but has been employed in a holding midfield position by Allardyce in recent weeks.

He confidently filled in for Samba after his red card and is another option.

Blackburn’s record at Anfield has not been the best in recent seasons as they have tasted defeat in four of their last five visits and let in nine goals on their last three trips.

One of the key tasks facing the Blackburn defence will be keeping Fernando Torres quiet as he has scored three times against Blackburn in the last two seasons at Anfield.

If Torres rediscovers his scoring touch then Liverpool will fancy their chances of gaining just a second Premier League win this season and they are 4/6 to beat Blackburn.

Blackburn and Liverpool have both scored seven goals in their eight Premier League outings this season. See the whole Liverpool vs Blackburn match betting odds market.

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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.