Blackburn Rovers v Chelsea Betting Preview
Blackburn’s inability at holding on to a two-goal lead last weekend has seen them remain in the relegation zone. With no clean sheet all season and unrest amongst the fans towards the management, a good performance and positive result are vital for the clash against Chelsea.
Conceding that hotly-disputed penalty in injury time overshadowed what was an excellent performance against a resolute Norwich side. Taking the same attacking mentality to the upcoming fixture may not be a bad tactic against a defensively-weak Chelsea side.
Where Chelsea excel in class, Blackburn make up for in aggression and teamwork. This sort of grit will be needed for Saturday’s match, and for the rest of the season if they are to avoid another relegation fight.
Recent off-the-pitch events have taken the pressure away from the team’s current form. Consecutive defeats against London rivals and away-day misery in Belgium in midweek have shown Andre Villas-Boas’ team’s weaknesses – their defence, having only kept two clean sheets in the league this season.
The team will be happy to be playing away from London and away from the live television cameras – but a trip to the north-west will not be plain-sailing. Blackburn is often a tricky place for Chelsea to visit, with aggressive performances. In recent years Chelsea have come out on top in the tight affairs and with their recent form, they will have to be at their best to defeat a battling Blackburn side.
Chelsea will have to be strong physically, but also mentally. John Terry must be prepared to receive chants from the home crowd and the manner that he copes may well provide the outcome of the game.
Match Prediction: Chelsea to win – 4/9 William Hill
Chelsea will be looking for a big performance and a trip to the under-performing Blackburn may be exactly what is needed. Blackburn’s leaky defence will surely be exploited by a dangerous Chelsea attack, with goals coming from all over the team.
Blackburn’s best chance of getting a positive result will be in their famous aggressive style. Preventing movements on the pitch may unsettle an already frail Chelsea side. With plenty of goals in their recent games, Rovers will need to be on their best defensive form to ensure a positive result.
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Article by Nick Whittaker