Just a few months ago, Blackburn Rovers fans would have been staring idly at their Christmas dinners, wondering whether they would be spending their next festivities travelling to Old Trafford or Turf Moor.
Their team had just been beaten at home by Bolton, in a farcical performance which drew the usual chorus of boos and “Kean Out” chants, as the Lancashire club looked doomed to relegation.
A few months on, Rovers look to have made something of a recovery: they have more than doubled their points total, one of their hard-fought wins coming away from home against a stunned Manchester United.
Despite this being their only victory on the road, it is away from Ewood Park that Steve Kean’s side seems to be at its most dangerous, when the onus of attacking and creating is on their opponents.
The same can be said of Wolves, who face up to Blackburn knowing that only a win will do in this relegation six-pointer.
Quickly forgetting about that 7-1 humbling by Arsenal at the Emirates, Blackburn have managed to steal points on the road from the likes of Liverpool and Everton, as well as relegation rivals QPR and Wigan.
At 2/1, Rovers are at good odds to bag their second away win of the season and take a huge step towards preserving their Premier League status.
It is away from Ewood Park that Steve Kean’s side seems to be at its most dangerous, when the onus of attacking and creating is on their opponents.
Under normal circumstances, one would bet on a very interesting 23/10 on a draw at Molineux, but this would fail to take into account just how crazy these six-pointers truly are.
Wolves themselves will know that a relegation-threatened side often tends to lash out around this time and obtain results few would have predicted.
Last year, they beat Manchester United and Aston Villa to secure six vital points at this stage. That said, Wolves do not seem to have what it takes to win this one, as testified by their poor performances at home, where they have not won since December.
The Midlands side also seem to be handicapped by Terry Connor’s less-than-smooth takeover. So far, Wolves have managed to snatch a point away to Newcastle, but were crucified by Fulham last time out at Craven Cottage.
Expect a thrilling game, just like Blackburn’s away draw at Wigan earlier this season, as Rovers counter Wolves with speedy players like Junior Hoilett and Mauro Formica, while the home side will be driven by sheer desperation.
Blackburn’s 3Way price may prove tempting enough, but I’ll be backing the visitors to stun Wolves in a game which contains more three or more goals.
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