Blackburn got their 2011-12 Premier League campaign off to the worst possible start with a 2-1 home defeat to relegation betting rivals Wolves last Saturday.
Rovers were sixth-favourites to go down before the first round of fixtures but moved ahead of the Old Gold in the football betting market on the back of their loss.
Steve Kean’s men will therefore be keen to get their season back on track against Aston Villa, who drew 0-0 with Fulham at Craven Cottage on the opening day.
However, they go into the match at Villa Park as 9/2 outsiders to pick up three points, with Villa odds-on for the win at 13/20 and a draw priced at 5/2.
The last four matches between the two sides in Birmingham offer a pointer as to why this is the case – they all ended in Villa wins.
Not only that, but Alex McLeish’s side scored three or more goals in three of those matches, making the Villans attractive bets at odds of 37/20 to win with a 1:0 handicap working against them.
Alternatively, punters could back Villa to score at least two goals at odds of 3/4.
This makes sense given the fact that Blackburn have conceded at least two goals in each of their last ten away matches.
With this in mind, it will not come as shock to learn that Rovers had the worst defensive record away from home in the Premier League last season, conceding 43 goals in total.
As Villa kept a clean sheet in their opening fixture, a 2-0 win for the 1982 European Champions could tempt many at odds of 15/2.
A successful £25 free bet on Aston Villa to beat Blackburn 2-0, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £212.50.
Either way, it appears Blackburn face an uphill task and the odds point to McLeish marking his first competitive home match as Villa boss with a victory.
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