Blackburn Rovers vs Northampton Town Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Blackburn look to continue their hunt for promotion, hosting Northampton at Ewood Park this weekend.
Last time: The reverse fixture played out to a 1-1 draw back in December, ending Blackburn’s run of six consecutive league wins. Northampton opened the scoring through Aaron Pierre, with Rovers’ Bradley Dack equalising just after half time.
This time: Blackburn are 4/9 to win, while Northampton are 6/1 and the draw is 15/4.
You might remember: The last time that this fixture was played. It was in the League Cup back in September 1974, with Blackburn earning a narrow 1-0 win.
Blackburn Rovers' Last Six:
Blackburn’s last six: Won: 3 Drawn: 3 Lost: 0
Ben Gladwin and Peter Whittingham both face another month on the sidelines, however boss Tony Mowbray claims that Corry Evans and Darragh Lenihan are both approaching full fitness.
Mowbray has fielded identical lineups in his last two games, but will have new singings Amari’I Bell, Adam Armstrong and Jack Payne available against Northampton.
Northampton Town's Last Six:
Northampton’s last six: Won 3 Drawn: 0 Lost: 3
Defenders Pierre and Aaron Philips are both out for the long-term, although Leon Barnett is approaching a return.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has made six new signings already in the January window, with Shay Facey and Joe Bunney slotting straight into the starting XI.
Northampton looked doomed to relegation at the turn of the year, but three consecutive wins has rejuvenated the side and thrown them a lifeline. They will face a tough task against Blackburn though, with Rovers second in the league thanks to a 16-match unbeaten streak.
Blackburn are 4/9 favourites to win, and have the home advantage as well as the league standing in their favour. This season, Mowbay’s side has scored the second most in the league and are playing against a side that has conceded the second most. On paper the match should be cut and dry, but Rovers will want to avoid slipping up, with Shrewsbury Town level with them on 55 points.
Northampton are 6/1 to leave Ewood Park with the spoils, an outcome that looks far more likely than it would have done four weeks ago. Since the turn of the year, the Cobblers have earned a third of their total league wins, including an impressive victory over fifth placed Bradford City. With the sole target of avoiding relegation, an away match to Blackburn is not a game that Hasselbaink needs to win, and so will turn up on Saturday full of confidence and with minimal pressure.
A draw is 15/4, and, given that Northampton haven’t drawn an away game since October, seems an unlikely outcome. Blackburn will undoubtedly play on the offensive, with the Cobblers relying on their newfound pace on the wings to hit them on the counter.
Bradley Dack will be a major threat on Saturday, with Blackburn 6/5 to score over 2.5 goals. The young attacking midfielder has 11 goals to his name and has been linked with Leeds United in recent weeks, but is so fundamental to Rovers’ style of play that it would take a huge bid for them to part with him.
Chris Long carries Northampton’s best chance of scoring, as he has done in his last two games for the Cobblers. The English forward has led the line well for his team this season, and has eight goals to his name already, and could contribute to a both teams to score bet paying out at evens.
Predicted Score: Blackburn Rovers 2 - 1 Northampton Town
Look out for:
Wing play. Northampton have invested heavily in their flanks, bringing in both full-backs and wingers on both sides. Blackburn are no slouches out wide either with Dack and Dominic Samuel both posing a threat when cutting inside. Blackburn are favourites to score first at 2/5.
Blackburn to win and both teams to score at 23/10. Northampton have been in good attacking form of late and will bring their A-game to Ewood Park, but Blackburn should have enough in their locker to win the game.
It’s a long shot, but:
Northampton to win 2-1 at 20/1. The Cobblers have already overcome Bradford City in their winning run, and will be full of confidence. Victory at Ewood would be a major boost for their survival hopes.
Written by Greg Murray
Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.