The opening day has thrown up an intriguing fixture for punters studying the relegation odds.
While both teams will not like to admit it, both Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers are amongst the shorter odds to be relegated and this opening fixture will provide an insight into how each team has improved over the summer.
Despite being 3-0 up at half-time, Blackburn suffered a very nervy end to the season as a late brace from Wolves left Blackburn biting their fingernails for five minutes and the Rovers fans will be hoping Steve Kean can get their side off to a better start this season.
As the home side Blackburn are the 1/1 favourites and they haven’t lost any of their Premier League ties with Wolverhampton, winning two and drawing six.
Wolves have only managed seven wins in 57 Premier League away games suggesting punters are better off concentrating on a Blackburn win or the draw at 12/5.
Blackburn have scored first in all six Premier League fames with Wolves and with Brett Emerton netting three times in five appearances against Wolves, the midfielder looks a decent bet at 20/1 to get the first goal.
Rovers have scored three times in each of their last two games with Wolves while this fixture has only once produced under 2.5 goals in the six Premier League games – over 2.5 goals is tempting at 1/1.
All seven of Wolves’ goals against Blackburn have come in the last 30 minutes and Kevin Doyle is tempting at 7/1 to get the last goal, but considering Wolves have kept just two clean sheets in their last 20 Premier League away trips, it looks likely to be a consolation.
A 2-1 win for Blackburn is priced at 7/1 and a scorecast combining Emerton scoring first and a 2-1 result for Blackburn pays 100/1.