United have enjoyed a terrific festive period and they are not surprisingly long odds-on at 1.14 to beat Premiership whipping boys Blackburn Rovers.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side come into this having registered back-to-back 5-0 wins over Fulham and Wigan and it would come as no surprise to see them register a similar wide margin victory in this clash.

They are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League games against Blackburn (winning seven) and have won all of their last seven games against Steve Kean’s men in all competitions.

The visitors have also kept just one clean sheet in their last 28 Premier League away games and currently sit bottom of the table after some truly shocking performances.

United registered a 7-1 victory over them in this fixture last season and it really should be a case of how far they win by.

Dimitar Berbatov, who scored five goals in that emphatic victory, will surely be relishing the chance to shine again following his hat-trick against Wigan and makes plenty of appeal in the first goalscorer market at 4.5 with bet365, Betfred and Paddy Power.

He is also 1.91 chance to score anytime with Paddy Power and that also looks solid value for a striker in form.

Wayne Rooney also has a good record of netting against Rovers, and has scored in four of the last five games against them. Not surprisingly he once again tops the betting to score first at 3.6 with bet365 but I feel that Berbatov is slightly better value at 4.5 if given a start.

Whoever does score first will make it 1500 goals in the Premiership for United, and it will be a major surprise if they do not win both halves in this game.

That makes the 1.44 with Paddy Power in the double result market look extremely attractive compared to the 1.14 on offer in the outright market as I can’t envisage anything other than a tonking for Blackburn.

That brings us nicely on to the correct score market, and in my opinion you have got to be looking at United putting four or more past rotten Rovers without reply as their defence has looked solid recently and they have only conceded two since the Manchester derby.

I’m going to suggest split stakes on 4-0, 5-0 and 6-0 and those scores can be backed at 9 with Boylesports, 13 generally, and a massive 34 with Boylesports.




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