Early in the season it looked as if Blackburn were going to be the best of the playoff rest. Now they may even struggle to make the playoffs.
Going Slightly Wrong
Although Hull are hovering around in the lower reaches of midtable, they are undefeated in each of their last four league meetings and could prove a difficult task for Blackburn on Saturday.
Tough Opposition Incoming
If there is one thing that Blackburn have been consistent at this season, it is being inconsistent. 40 league games played, 19 wins, 16 losses and 5 draws. If just a few of the middle were transferred to the latter, the picture would look completely different at Ewood Park.
Simply put, you just do not know what you are going to get from this current Blackburn crop. One week they are sensational and mixing it with the best teams in the division, the next seems them dropping points with reckless abandon.
While it was dropped points that were served up across the Easter weekend. A home defeat to Norwich on the Friday was soon followed by a stalemate with struggling Huddersfield – just one of the five that were mentioned above.
Which means Jon Dahl Tomasson’s men are now in danger of spurning their bid to finish in the top-six at the end of the season. A position that they almost looked a guaranteed certainty to secure just a few weeks before.
Now though, it seems as if Rovers have the likes of Preston, Norwich and Coventry nipping at their heels and if you are a betting person – which if you are reading this article you likely are, you would rather back the trio of contenders to usurp Blackburn.
An act that Hull themselves will look to perform this coming Saturday, as Liam Rosenior’s time in charge is continuing to look promising. After being incredibly unfortunate to not keep Derby County up last season, there are no such concerns during this.
Not only that, but the club are currently embarking on a four-game unbeaten run in the league. Admittedly three of those have been draws but it does highlight that this team is becoming a rather tough nut to crack.
There’s no danger of relegation for the Tigers and no threat of upsetting the playoff places either. However, that does not mean they will be making the trip to Lancashire and preparing to simply roll over.
The more points they can get on the board between now and the end of the season, the more confidence will be generated before the start of the next and who knows if a return to the Premier League may eventually come about.
This now leads me to the first of my two tips and in this instance, I am actually going to back Hull to not only extend their current unbeaten run to five league outings but also go on to win maximum points on the road. An outcome that is priced at 10/3 before the game gets underway.
While I have also liked the look of Ozan Tufan in Hull’s colours. The Turkish defender or midfielder has scored seven league goals this season and I am backing him to break the deadlock at odds of 10/1.