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Blackburn vs Man City – City to assert top-four position

| 25.04.2011

Manchester City are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Blackburn and will want to extend this run with three points to further assert themselves in the race for the fourth and final Champions League spot.

Match Odds

Spurs’ failure to win at home to West Brom has left Manchester City sat a point clear in fourth spot with a game in hand and they are 1/1 in the Premier League odds to widen this gap with a win at Blackburn.

However, Manchester City have failed to win an away game in the Premier League since Boxing Day and are still without top scorer Carlos Tevez because of a hamstring injury.

They are also playing a team who are not in the greatest form themselves, as Blackburn’s inability to win any of their last nine league games has seen them slip to within one point of the relegation places.

Blackburn are 11/4 to take maximum points in the Premier League betting and it is 12/5 that the game ends as a draw, which has been the outcome in each of their last three home games.

First Goalscorer

With Tevez out, Manchester City will be hoping that one of their big-money signings can oblige with a first Premier League goal, like Fernando Torres did for Chelsea.

Edin Dzeko is without a goal in nine Premier League appearances and is 9/2 to open the scoring against Blackburn.

Blackburn have also had their own problems in front of goal, as Nikola Kalinic is their only player to have managed five or more goals in the Premier League this season.

Kalinic is 8/1 to break the deadlock against Manchester City and should be guaranteed a start as Roque Santa Cruz is unable to play against his parent club.

A £30 stake on Manchester City beating Blackburn 1-0 would return £180. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.

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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.