By Joe, http://www.bettingexpert.com
Under Manager Sam Allardyce, do you think Blackburn will go down and play Championship football next season? Blackburn is in the heart of the center piece of the finishing epic to the season’s relegation dog fight. This is Sam Allardyce specialty, not playing for medals but playing for the survival and Blackburn is currently in that situation with 3 points away from the drop zone and where Middleborough is currently at.
Last time these two teams met, Blackburn was given a runabout at the JJB Stadium and went home with a 3-0 defeat. That was the last time we saw former boss Paul Ince in charge in Blackburn. This time Sam Allardyce will be facing a shortage of strikers for the game against Wigan. Blackburn is without Roque Santa Cruz and Jason Roberts. Santa Cruz has a knee problem, while Roberts is nursing a broken metatarsal. With five games to go, Sam is desperate for Blackburn to get on the scoring sheet and it won’t be easy as Diouf and McCarthy is the only striker left. A few weeks ago when Blackburn travelled to Liverpool and was beaten 4-0, Blackburn had to do with defender Chris Samba upfront for 90mins. Samba might be recalled to go upfront once more against Wigan. Only Sam will know what to expect on the day.
Wigan’s story differs from Blackburn, their hard work early in the season is now paying off for their efforts by not being sucked into the relegation dogfight. They are currently holding a formidable 10th spot in the Premiership due to good results in the first few months of the season . However things has changed a bit and since the sale of Wilson Palacios and Emile Heskey in the January window the team has been unsettled. Manager Steve Bruce has seen some mixed result ever since the turn of the New Year. Striker Amr Zaki has been asked to be on the transfer list and Lee Cattermole was given a 4 match ban for a horrendous tackle. Their last two games showed weakness as they were convincingly outperformed by Everton and Arsenal respectively. But against Blackburn, Wigan will be at full strength as striker Amr Zaki and midfielder Lee Cattermole returns to the team, only Charles N’Zogbia is doubtful with a knee problem.
Blackburn has not ended the Premier league season anything lower that 15th place since 2005 so how on earth will they follow that tradition, this is by beating Wigan first. Blackburn knows what on stake and there is no one better than big Sam to lead the team out of trouble. Bet365.com is offering odds 1.90 for Blackburn to win and who else better with Sam in charge.
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