Manchester City v Blackburn Rovers betting
Manchester City: League Position: 1st, League Form: WWLWW
12 home games, maximum points taken from those, 37 scored and only six conceded. No team in the Premier League can better those figures, and no team in the Premier League sits above them. Leading the Premiership at this stage is something City fans have never known before, and as the business end of the season really kicks into gear they have to handle the pressure if they are to get their hands around the trophy come the last day.
Since putting a poor January behind them, where they went out of both domestic cups and lost two league games, they have won all four of their games in Februrary. Yaya Toure has returned from the African Cup of Nations, and they have stayed top through their dip. Sergio Aguero has found his scoring boots again, with three goals in the four games this month. Their destruction of Porto in the Europa League in the past two games should lift them further. A goal down in Porto, they took the match 2-1 before tearing the Portuguese team apart at the Etihad on Wednesday, a more than comfortable 4-0.
Blackburn Rovers: League Position: 17th, League Form: WDLLW
The turmoil of Ewood Park and Blackburn Rovers will not end this season, whether they stay up or not, as the fans continue to voice their dissent against owners and the manager. Steve Kean would probably be happy for an away game, and the quiet away from a home crowd, except for the fact his side has only won one away from home all season. On top of that, they have conceded 30 goals on their travels, more than any other side, and never did they look poorer than in their last away trip. Arsenal smashed seven past them at the start of the month, hitting the nadir of their fortunes on the road.
However, they reacted two weeks ago in their last game, beating QPR 3-2 at home. They flew to a 3-0 half time lead, and although it ended 3-2 those points were massive for Rovers. They are only out of the relegation places on goal difference, and had they not allowed QPR to get those goals back they would have leapfrogged them into 16th.
Top scorer Yakubu is as ever the man to watch in terms of goals, with an impressive 14 this season. But whilst they do have a potent goal scoring threat, their defence leaves them all at sea. The worst defence in the league, 56 conceded, will get no better with news captain and central defender Christopher Samba could be on his way to Russian club Anzhi.
Match Prediction: Manchester City Win – 1.2 William Hill
Premier League leaders Manchester City should walk through this Blackburn side at home. Steve Kean will set up to defend with 10 and hope Yakubu can steal a goal, but City are a patient side full of quality, and they are used to teams playing solely to contain. In fact, they have struggled more recently with teams who want to attack them. Players like David Silva will be content to work the ball around until the opportunity arises to break a defence apart. And after one goal the doors may open, as Blackburn find they have to score.
City are not as fast in possession as Arsenal, but have the ability to fire similar amount of goals past Blackburn if they fall to pieces again. Their impressive, 100% home record against Blackburn’s poor away form and struggling defence is a recipe for disaster for Steve Kean and his side. As is Sergio Aguero’s return to form.
Over/Under: Over 2.5 Goals – 1.4 Blue Sq
First Goalscorer: Sergio Aguero – 4.33 Tote Sport, Bet Fred
Correct Score: 3-0 Manchester City – 8.5 Coral
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