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Blackburn vs West Ham – Irons unbeaten in nine against Rovers

| 18.12.2010

Caretaker manager Steve Kean will take charge of his first Premier League match on Saturday, and they couldn’t come easier than bottom of the league West Ham.

Avram Grant’s side have managed just 12 points from a possible 51 this season and some are billing this game as Grant’s last in charge should he lose.

Match Odds

The last three ties between Blackburn and West Ham have all ended in draws, and considering the pressure on Grant to get a result coupled with Kean’s first time taking charge of his team, the 5/2 for the draw looks the pick of the market.

But considering West Ham’s awful run of form recently, should one side come away with the three points then it is most likely to be the Hammers who are unbeaten in their last nine games against Blackburn.

West Ham are 7/2 to beat Blackburn but Chelsea and Arsenal are the only two teams to win at Ewood Park this season.

Total Goals

No clean sheets plus only four goals scored away from home this season for West Ham should mean a Blackburn win, but considering recent history between the two, a 2-1 for West Ham looks a decent bet at 14/1.

Not only is Scott Parker West Ham’s talisman, but he is also their joint top scorer with Frederic Piquionne and he is 4/1 to score any time, while Piquionne is 5/2.

Blackburn will be looking to Morten Gamst Pedersen and Mame Biram Diouf to torment a West Ham defence that has conceded 15 goals in their eight away games, and the two are 5/2 and 7/4 respectively to score.

Granted it would be a big shock for West Ham to pull off their first away win of the season, but with Blackburn in transition, it seems possible.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.