MK Dons - Blackburn Rovers Betting Preview: Back Rovers to secure a place in the next round

Steve Kean's side have made a solid start to the new season and Willie Duncan is backing them to progress at the expense of Karl Robinson's stuttering League One side
Blackburn Rovers have made a solid start to life in the Championship and Steve Kean will hope that his side can maintain their unbeaten start to the new campaign when they take on Karl Robinson’s side in the League Cup on Tuesday night.

Rovers began their league campaign with a battling 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town but back-to-back victories over Hull City and Leicester City have taken, at least, some of the pressure off Steve Kean. His side can be backed at 6/5 (2.20) with Bet365 to see off their League One opponents.

Karl Robinson’s men were among the favourites for promotion from League One this term but the Dons have made a sluggish start to the new campaign, winning just one of their opening three league matches while they also required extra time and penalties to see off League Two side Cheltenham Town in the last round of this competition.

Discipline has been a big problem for the Dons and they have seen a different player sent off in all four of their competitive matches this season. As such, they look very short in the betting.

The Dons are chalked up at 19/10 (2.90) with Bet365 to spring a surprise here while the same firm offer 12/5 (3.40) that the match ends in a draw at the end of 90 minutes.

Steve Kean’s side cannot be accused of having felt sorry for themselves in matches so far this season and have often shown great hunger from the opening whistle.

Indeed, Blackburn have scored first in all three of their competitive matches this term and, with that in mind, the 13/5 (3.60) quote from Bet365 for the Championship side to lead at both half time and full time is a tempting bet here.

A 1-0 win for the visitors can be backed at a chunky 17/2 (9.50) with Bet365 but, perhaps, even more appealing here is Bet365’s massive 11/1 (12.0) quote on Rovers securing their place in the third round of the competition by virtue of a 2-0 victory.

A Blackburn win, though, offers plenty of value on its own at 6/5 (2.20) especially considering MK Dons' problems both on and off the pitch and that price should be backed accordingly by those hoping to bag a profit.

Blackburn Rovers to win at 6/5 (2.20) with Bet365
Blackburn Rovers to win 2-0 at 11/1 (12.0) with Bet365

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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