Blackburn will be looking to complete their first league double over Everton since the 2003/04 season when they visit Goodison Park tomorrow.
Rovers’ top scorer Nikola Kalinic netted the only goal of their first encounter at Ewood Park in August and the Croatian international will have to be in top form again when his side take on a rejuvenated Everton.
Just two months ago, The Toffees’ injury-hit squad were sitting three points clear of the relegation zone and facing a battle for survival.
But David Moyes’ charges look to be a different side and are going into the match on the back of a 3-0 win over Wolves.
As such, the Merseysiders find themselves clear favourites heading into the game. A £10 bet on the home side to record an easy win currently returns £16.50, which could seem like easy money to some punters.
Everton’s turnaround in form of late has coincided with Jermaine Beckford’s recent good run in front of goal.
The former Leeds striker is his side’s joint second top scorer in the league so far this term with seven goals and can be backed to score the first goal of the game at 5/1.
Alternatively, at slightly longer odds, Seamus Coleman could prove an attractive option at 12/1, assuming he recovers from injury to take his place in the starting 11.
A £10 bet on the Irishman to open the scoring returns £130.
While Everton continue their charge up the table in pursuit of bitter rivals Liverpool, Blackburn’s focus will be on simply avoiding slipping any further down.
Steve Kean’s side go into the fixture following a run of eight games without a win, so even the most diehard fans will be reluctant to back the visitors at 17/4.
Rovers’ away form so far this season leaves much to be desired. Just three wins in 16 attempts and 38 goals conceded have contributed to their current league position.
However, if they are to record an unlikely win, Blackburn will be hoping that Roque Santa Cruz regains the form that encouraged Manchester City to pay £17.5 million for him back in 2009.
Punters may want to back the Paraguayan to score at any time during the match at 21/10. A £10 bet would see returns of £31.
Meanwhile, the same bet on Morten Gamst Pedersen to mark his 250th start for Blackburn with a goal would return £41.
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