After a dramatic late winner in the League Cup against Rochdale last time out, Doncaster are good value at 8/5 to pick up their first points of the season at home to free-falling Blackburn Rovers, with Gary Bowyer’s side continuing their winless start last week when losing to Nottingham Forest at Ewood Park.
Last year’s League One champions Donny got off to a shocker at home to Blackpool, as the Tom Ince-inspired Seasiders eased to a 3-1 win, but new boss Paul Dickov has made some shrewd moves in the transfer market this summer, with goalkeeper Ross Turnbull picked up from Chelsea and defender Bongani Khumalo – who scored the only goal against Rochdale – brought in on-loan from Tottenham.
Midfielder Richie Wellens – who left the club for Leicester four years ago in a £1m deal – has been brought back to Yorkshire and trusted Dickov lieutenant David Furman has been signed up after eight appearances on-loan from Oldham at the end of last season.
With striker Theo Robinson set for a debut after his move from Derby County – where he scored 20 goals in 80 league appearances – and last year’s top scorer Billy Paynter yet to start a game in the campaign, Donny should have too much freshness and firepower for sad Blackburn, whose journey from the top half of the Premier League to football league obscurity under the Venky’s chicken men seems far from over.
Doncaster’s two goals so far this season have come in the second-half, so the 21/4 on Draw half-time/Doncaster full-time looks worth a punt, with Paynter likely to come off the bench again in the second half as he attempts to replicate last season’s 13-goal form.