Aston Villa may have lost their last three Premier League games with Blackburn, but there is every chance that they will bring this sequence to an end this season.
Considering Villa’s stranglehold over Blackburn in domestic cup competitions in recent seasons, it is somewhat surprising that they have not been able to transfer this form to the league.
Villa have progressed past Blackburn in both the FA Cup and Carling Cup in each of the last two campaigns, but the script has been much different in the Premier League.
However, with Blackburn losing six of their last seven away games and conceding 23 goals in the process, Villa will fancy their chances of giving themselves some extra breathing space from the Premier League relegation spots.
Aston Villa’s betting odds are 4/5 to beat Blackburn and they are almost certain to create chances with the pace of their front three of Darren Bent, Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Blackburn may be buoyed by their solid recent league form against Aston Villa and they will also know the importance of collecting victories to ensure they do not get dragged in to the relegation dogfight.
Steve Kean’s team are currently five points outside of the bottom three, but are 7/2 to improve this position by beating Villa, with the draw that would most suit the visitors priced at 5/2.
Both teams to score
The fact that both teams struggle to keep clean sheets in the Premier League significantly enhances the chances of goals in the clash.
Blackburn have gone 13 Premier League away games without shutting out the opposition, while Villa struggle to keep clean sheets anywhere, registering just one in their last 17 top-flight fixtures.
It is 4/5 in the Premier League betting that both teams score within the 90 minutes.
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