Few Championship protagonists could make a better claim to be in the seasonal curtain-raiser than Blackburn after a string of goal-filled games to close the 2013/14 campaign.
No adversary in 12 has been able to get the better of Gary Bowyer’s side and, despite opponents Cardiff being ranked as one of the favourites for promotion, the layers fancy Rovers to do the business, attributing them odds of 5/4 for victory.
A price of 2/1 is on offer for Bluebirds backers, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needing a rapid accumulation of early points if he is to stave off the wrath of controversial chairman Vincent Tan.
The result at Ewood Park won’t be one that will endear the shaded Malaysian to the Scandinavian that oversaw his side’s demotion from the Premier League, with a home win featuring as one of our four best bets for the evening.
Blackburn to win @ 5/4
A side that’s won five of their last seven competitive clashes must be trusted to beat one that’s travelling to Lancashire having lost six of their previous eight road games and failed to win any of their four most recent sojourns in the second tier.
Blackburn to win and over 3.5 goals @ 13/2
Rovers have notched at least two in all but two of their last 12, augmenting their goals for column by 11 in the final trio of matches last term in games ending 4-2, 3-1 and 4-3 in their favour.
A total of seven goals were scored in Cardiff’s latest two road trips of the previous season, albeit all against them.
Rudy Gestede to score at anytime
All the pre-match hype will surround Scottish marksman Jordan Rhodes, but his French partner-in-crime signed off on 2013/14 in better knick.
He bagged six in his final three outings, taking his tally in Blackburn colours to 13 in 28 appearances.
Both teams to score @ 3/4
The Bluebirds may have struck just twice in their final six last time around, but they face a free-scoring foe here whose focus on going forward often leaves them wanting at the back.
Knowing they conceded nine times in their quintet of concluding matches, it’s very surprising to hear they didn’t lose any of them.