Blackburn and West Brom are on similar runs of form going into their match at Ewood Park on Saturday, with both having picked up four points from their last six games.
And while Rovers boss Steve Kean is perhaps under more pressure than any other Premier League manager to secure a win this weekend, there is no denying that his West Brom counterpart Roy Hodgson could also do with three points to create some welcome breathing space.
While Yakubu would be a good bet to score at odds of 3/2, it doesn’t necessarily follow that he will fire Blackburn to victory.
It wasn’t mean to be this way for West Brom: after Hodgson so successfully masterminded their escape from the clutches of relegation in the second half of last season, the Baggies were slated for a comfortable mid-table finish this time around.
While this could still happen given just seven points separate ninth from the relegation zone, West Brom are precariously positioned in 15th, just three points ahead of 18th-placed side Wigan.
Goals have been the big problem for West Brom this season, with their total of 14 the joint-worst in the league and less than a third of the total of top-scorers Manchester City.
With Peter Odemwingie struggling to replicate the form he showed last season, West Brom have become increasingly reliant on Shane Long, who has scored 36 per cent of his side’s league goals since his arrival at the Hawthorns in the summer.
For Blackburn, the problem is at the other end, with more goals conceded than any other team in the league save for bottom of the table Bolton.
In attack, the presence of Nigerian striker Yakubu means Rovers have been amongst the goals of late.
The 29-year-old has scored nine goals in ten appearances for Rovers this season, helping Blackburn to the seventh-best total in the goals scored column despite languishing in 19th place in the Premier League table.
But while Yakubu would be a good bet to score at odds of 3/2, it doesn’t necessarily follow that he will fire Blackburn to victory.
Rovers are favourites to pick up all three points in bwin’s 3Way football betting market at odds of 5/4, with an away success priced at 21/10.
Yet given both teams are in similar form and struggling at different ends of the pitch, the best bet could be on the two teams to cancel each other out and for the game to end in a draw at 23/10.
Certainly, the game looks set to be level at the break given five of the seven matches played at Ewood Park this season have been all square at the interval.
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