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Adam Bate is expecting an open game with plenty of goals as Roberto Di Matteo's second-string look to add to the woes of Steve Kean's relegated Rovers

You get the feeling both teams would rather not have to play this fixture. While Blackburn could be forgiven for dwelling on the past, Chelsea’s focus is fixed firmly on what lies ahead.

The Blues face Bayern Munich in the final of the Champions League just six days after this game. This marks the team’s send off from Stamford Bridge and they’ll be looking for a morale-boosting win.

Any hopes of a top-four finish may have gone but Chelsea are strong favourites at 3/10 (1.3) with Sportingbet to bow out with three points here.

Blackburn were relegated following a 1-0 home defeat to Wigan on a poisonous evening at Ewood Park.

As Rovers fans continue to protest at the way their club is being run, Steve Kean remains insistent both he and owners Venky’s are there for the long-haul.

Whether Blackburn’s players feel the same way, we’ll soon find out. They are 8/1 (9.0) to win at Stamford Bridge. The draw is available at 21/5 (5.2) with Sportingbet.

In the first goalscorer market, it is difficult to look past a Chelsea scorer. Fernando Torres is likely to start this one with Didier Drogba rested for the Champions League final and the Spaniard can be backed at 13/5 (3.6).

Daniel Sturridge is another likely to miss out next week and he was the man who got Roberto Di Matteo’s men off to a flying start at home to QPR earlier this month. He’s 15/4 (4.75) to score first.

With Ramires and John Terry suspended for the final they are both likely to start this one too.

Ramires is a 7/1 (8.0) shot with Sportingbet while Terry is 16/1 (17.0) to sign off for the season with the opener here.

Ramires is the value bet pick. He has scored in four of his last seven games for Chelsea, with three of them being his side’s first goal of the match.

For the best bet in this one, the overs market is the place to go.

Since the 4-1 home win against Napoli that turned Chelsea’s season around, six of their 17 games have featured five goals or more.

While Blackburn could always pop up with a goal, it’s difficult to see them being fully focused defensively and backing over 3.5 goals at 21/20 (2.05) should be a good bet here.


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Over 3.5 goals at 21/20 (2.05) with Sportingbet
Ramires to score first at 7/1 (8.0) with Sportingbet

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on Twitter

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