In what is sure to be a tense battle towards the bottom of the Premier League table, Blackburn and Wigan meet this evening at Ewood Park, and for punters, the 7/4 on the home win with Bet365 is a sure to attract plenty of attention.
After a weekend of watching how other teams get on, Blackburn know that this game is a must win, while Wigan will be virtually safe if they avoid defeat. The pressure is on, no doubt about that.
Looking more specifically at each team’s situation, Blackburn are six points behind Wigan in 17th position with two games remaining. This means that victory in this one, as well as three points on the final day, could not be enough for Steve Kean’s men.
In fact, should they win tonight and then go to Chelsea and get an unlikely three points, they would still be relying on goal difference which, at the moment, is comfortably worse than Queens Park Rangers and Wigan.
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For now though, they must focus on three points this evening and nothing more. They have no chance at all if they fail to beat Wigan, but hope will still be there if they manage to come out on top.
One thing for sure is that the atmosphere could turn rather ugly if Blackburn fail to deliver. The fans have been protesting against the manager and board all season and if relegation is confirmed, there is bound to be a reaction.
As for Wigan, they are two points clear of the bottom three going into this one, so they know that victory on the night will see them safe. Even a draw is bound to be enough due to their inferior goal difference compared to Bolton.
Should either of these prove to be the case, it would be seen as a great escape from a Wigan side that looked doomed a month or two ago. However, victories over Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle have seen them climb to the brink of safety.
Now it is all about Roberto Martinez’s men remaining calm and relishing the pressure the home team are under. They will know that a strong start could see Rovers crumble in a rather hostile atmosphere.
Looking at the team news for this one, Martin Olsson should return for Blackburn, while Wigan have a fully fit squad to choose from.