How does Steve Kean do it? After a whole season of being jeered, taunted and generally abused by his own side’s supporters, the Blackburn boss is back for more in the Championship and the fans delivered more of the same in Rovers’ first home game of the season.
Despite claiming their first three points in a 1-0 victory over Hull City that puts them fourth in the early standings, Rovers fans still managed to show their distrust and general annoyance at Kean’s presence in the stadium with chants of ‘1-0 and we want Kean out’. Clearly the summer break has done nothing to dampen their belief that Kean must go.
Still, the positive for the Scottish manager was the three points, although they came in an unconvincing manner. An even game against Steve Bruce’s Hull was eventually decided with just over ten minutes left on the clock by Colin Kazim-Richards, who claimed his second goal in as many matches for his new side from close range.
Kean must return to the gauntlet that is Ewood Park again this weekend for the visit of Leicester City and will be looking for more of the same in terms of the result, but it must be challenging for the players to perform in front of a home crowd who are so hostile towards the man they call boss.
This bizarre atmosphere is something that Nigel Pearson and his Leicester team will need to use to their advantage, as a fast start will get the home fans even more frustrated. However, this is something the Foxes failed to do in their first two league games.
In the first halves against Peterborough and Charlton, Leicester conceded two and scored none, as opposed to a record of scoring three without reply after the interval in those matches.
It is no surprise, then, to see that Blackburn are clear 7/4 favourites to be leading at the halfway stage on Saturday afternoon, whereas Leicester are 27/10.
Blackburn are also favourites in bwin’s 3-way betting market at 6/5, with a draw and a Leicester win both priced at 11/5, but ultimately there is very little between the two sides in terms of quality.
The hosts, with their experienced summer recruits, are naturally seen as favourites because they were in the Premier League last season, but Leicester have spent more than anyone else in this league over the past 18 months and as a result, Pearson has a squad which is the envy of most rival managers.
With two such evenly-matched sides it is hard to look beyond a draw and there are some great additional odds to be had with this result, such as 13/1 on Blackburn leading at half-time before a Leicester fightback secures a draw.
Or, if you want to stay away from betting on the overall result, then 12/5 on Leicester to win the second half could see a strong return.
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