Yet another Premier League game with very little riding on it but Blackburn & Arsenal have a few run-ins in recent seasons & that should ensure both managers & players are up for this one.
Blackburn Rovers have been supremely strong at home with 33 points achieved at home & only 3 home league defeats all season & a home defensive record that compares favourably with all the top sides in the league.
Team organisation & solidity have always been the key strengths of every side managed by Sam Allardyce & in terms of Blackburn Rovers, it is very much a case of job well done as firstly survival & mid table security are the key targets for Blackburn in the Premier League.
Sam Allardyce really does thrive on challenging & taking on the big sides and revels in getting good results against them as proven by Blackburn’s draws against Chelsea & Manchester United in recent weeks and we are certainly expecting Sam Allardyce to have his players charged up to repeat the trick against Arsenal.
Blackburn Rovers are not blessed with top quality players but they are organised, work hard & will compete for absolutely everything against Arsenal and they will believe their home form is good enough to get another positive result here.
Arsenal’s season is over & there is nothing left to play for apart from pride & Arsene Wenger will demand a couple of good, winning performances to finish off the season.
Arsenal have looked like a tired, mentally drained side in recent weeks and have struggled through matches with 3 defeats & 0-0 draw in their last 4 games so team confidence is clearly low & how they respond here will decide the match.
With team confidence low & nothing actually riding on the result of this game for Arsenal, it is hard to envisage the Arsenal players being completely up for this game & the fact Blackburn are a well organised, physical side will hardly boost give them a boost.
Arsenal detest playing against sides who compete physically & who concentrate on being organised because it blunts their open, fluent style & how the Arsenal players cope with that will determine what result they achieve.
The even money quotes for Arsenal winning will tempt many punters but they are that price for a reason & we are going to take a chance that Blackburn Rovers can defend their proud home record & achieve another solid draw & send their fans away happy.
Outright Match result: DRAW
Correct Score options: 1-1
First Goalscorer each way/Player to score anytime: Pedersen/Kalinic/Dunn
Scorecast options: Pedersen/Kalinic/Dunn score 1st & 1-1 Draw
Double Result: Blackburn H/T & DRAW F/T