While many relegation six-pointers can be tight and tense affairs, Monday’s match-up between Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic promises to be a much more entertaining encounter
The two teams have played out 55 league games where they’ve scored and conceded this season, including a 3-3 draw in the reverse fixture, making both teams to score a solid bet for this game at 57/100.
Wigan have tended to make more of their goals, especially in recent weeks with wins over Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.
By contrast, Blackburn’s goalscoring form has run out at the worst possible time, with their insipid performance at Spurs last weekend the nadir of Steve Kean’s shocking reign.
Results over the weekend mean the equation for Kean and his troops is very simple – fail to beat Wigan and they will be relegated from the Premier League.
They are made the 29/20 favourites in bwin’s 3Way football betting market to grab the win which would keep them alive by the skin of their teeth, with the draw at 12/5 and a Latics victory available at 7/4.
Anyone who saw Blackburn register no shots on goal at White Hart Lane (the first Premier League side to do so since 2004) would be shocked to know they are actually the league’s sixth highest scorers.
With three points a must in this game, surely Kean will set his side out more offensively, so its worth backing Blackburn to score first for the 21st time this season at 19/20.
However, Wigan have showed a great ability to fight adversity under Roberto Martinez, as they showed by twice coming from behind against Rovers at the DW in November.
So even if Wigan go behind they have the ability to fight back for a draw and Blackburn/Draw at half-time/full-time is available at 12/1.
New customers using the £25 free bet they receive when registering with bwin on this selection would win £325 if Wigan recover to gain a second-half point.
Though with nothing less than three points likely to be good enough and an expectant home crowd, Rovers could even leave the back door open for a late Wigan winner, so lead-lose is also worth considering at 6-1 in the run of play market.
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