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To win the Premiership
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Match Betting

Club History

Blackburn Rovers Football Club, founded on 1875, is based in Blackburn, Lancashire. It is one of only three teams to be founder members of both the Football League and the Premier League. In 1890, Rovers moved to its permanent home at Ewood Park. The club’s most successful years preceded 1930, in which time they won both the league and FA Cup on several occasions. Relegation in 1966 was followed by 26 successive seasons outside the top flight.

The club was taken over by steel magnate Jack Walker, in 1992, who promptly appointed Kenny Dalglish as manager. The influx of cash allowed the signing of players costing multi-millions, the most notable of which being Alan Shearer (£3.5 million, from Southampton) and Chris Sutton (£5 million, from Norwich). Blackburn became one of just four sides to win the Premiership Title, in the 1994-95 season. However, the team was quickly disbanded, resulting in relegation to the Championship in 1999.They were promoted back to the Premiership two years later and have been in the top flight since.

Opportunities to Bet on Blackburn Rovers

Premiership Title
Winners of the Premier League in 1994-95, Blackburn’s subsequent finishes were far less promising. They became the only Premiership Champions to be relegated, in 1999. Since their return to the top division, they have finished 10th, 6th, 15th, 15th, 6th, 10th and 7th. The Blackburn odds, in the region of 1000/1, offered by the layers at the start of each season, are a good reflection of their chances of regaining the Premier league title.

Similarly, Blackburn betting odds of a top six finish, generally about 7/1, make no appeal.

Premiership Matches
Blackburn’s league form is hit and miss (and more miss!) both home and away. Manager Mark Hughes was a potent driving force in the club’s 7th place finish in the 2007-08 season and his replacement with the inexperienced Paul Ince, from MK Dons can have done Rovers no favours. Low attendances and a small squad leave Rovers somewhat out of their depth as a potential top ten team in the Premiership. Punters are advised to avoid betting on Blackburn as they are often underpriced and value can often be obtained by opposing them.

Domestic Cup Competitions

FA Cup
Blackburn have been successful six time in the FA Cup, all in the pre-Premiership era, including three consecutive wins in 1884,1885 and 1886. The won the Cup again in 1890 and 1891, with their latest success coming in 1928. These statistics are obviously irrelevant to betting on Blackburn nowadays. Despite no FA Cup success for 80 years, Blackburn betting often has them in the top dozen in the market, at around the 50/1 mark. A bet on Blackburn for the Cup, at any price, also makes zero appeal.

League Cup
Blackburn captured the 2002 League Cup with a 2-1 win over Tottenham, at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, thus gaining qualification for the UEFA Cup. Despite no success since, Rovers at least field a full-strength side for League Cup ties, more than can be said for other Premiership teams. However, they do not appeal as potential winners, regardless of the Blackburn odds on offer.

FA Community Shield
Blackburn were successful in 1912, beating Queen’s Park Rangers 2-1, another irrelevant statistic in weighing up Blackburn betting odds in the current era.

European Competitions

UEFA Champions’ League
By virtue of winning the Premiership title, Blackburn qualified for the 1995-96 Champions’ League. They were drawn in Group B, alongside Spartak Moscow, Legia Warsaw and Rosenborg. From six matches, they managed only a home draw with Legia Warsaw and a home win over Rosenborg, amassing just 4 points and finishing bottom of the group.

During the Premiership era, Blackburn have qualified for the UEFA Cup five times. Qualifying as Premiership runners-up in 1993-94, they exited in the first round, 3-2 losers to Trelleborgs FF, of Sweden. As League Cup winners in 2002, they again went out in the first round, 4-2 to Turkish side Genclerbirligi S.K. In 2003, after beating CSKA Sofia on away goals in the first round, they succumbed 3-0 to Celtic in the second round. In 2006, Blackburn managed to reach the last 32, losing 3-2 on aggregate to Bayer Leverkusen. In 2007, as Intertoto Cup winners, they reverted to type, losing 3-2 on aggregate to Greek side Larissa in the first round. Discussion of betting on Blackburn in Europe seems rather irrelevant, given their virtually non-existent prospects of qualification.