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Malky Mackay's league leaders travel to Ewood Park looking to improve upon their patchy away form but Willie Duncan is anticipating goals galore

Championship leaders Cardiff City face a stern test of their title credentials when they travel to Ewood Park to take on Henning Berg’s Blackburn Rovers on Friday night.

Malky Mackay’s men edged to a nervy home victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday afternoon and they are available at 8/5 (2.60) with Paddy Power to follow up by taking all three points from their trip to Lancashire.

Henning Berg took up the reins at Ewood Park last month following the departure of previous incumbent Steve Kean but the Norwegian boss has had little success in turning around Rovers’ fortunes so far, having won just one of his first seven matches in charge.

Blackburn can be backed at 8/5 (2.60) to give the former Manchester United defender his first home victory since taking charge while the same firm go 23/10 (3.30) that the match ends in stalemate here.

Malky Mackay’s men have the best home record in Europe, having won all 10 of their home Championship fixtures so far but, by contrast, the Bluebirds’ form on the road has been somewhat patchy.

Indeed, Cardiff have garnered just 11 points from their 10 away matches in the league this term and have conceded an astonishing 20 goals on the road compared to just five in the same amount of matches at Cardiff City Stadium.

With that in mind, the 8/13 (1.62) quote from Paddy Power that both sides hit the net on Friday night looks to represent outstanding value while the 8/11 (1.73) on offer from the same firm for three or more goals to be scored should be snapped up by punters.

Cardiff City’s attack is likely to be led by veteran Icelandic striker Heidar Helguson here and the former Queens Park Rangers striker, who has scored eight goals in all competitions for the Bluebirds this season is available at 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power to break the deadlock here.

If Rovers are to derail Cardiff’s title aspirations here, they are likely to rely heavily on the goalscoring exploits of in-form striker Jordan Rhodes.

The Scotland international has notched an impressive 11 goals for Rovers thus far this term and is available at a tempting 7/2 (4.50) with Paddy Power to open the scoring on Friday.

Goals seem likely here and, thus, backing Paddy Power’s 8/11 (1.73) quote for three or more goals to be scored looks to be a solid selection while the 11/2 (5.50) quote from the same firm for Helguson to net first is the value selection here.

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Over 2.5 goals at 8/11 (1.73) with Paddy Power
Heidar Helguson to score first at 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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