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Both sides have been scoring yet struggling to keep clean sheets and Phil Kitromilides believes that can only mean one thing, more goals at Ewood Park on Friday night

Having endured a tumultuous time both on and off the pitch last season, which ultimately ended in relegation, Blackburn have begun their first campaign in the second flight of English football for 11 years in excellent fashion, currently sitting top of the Championship.

Middlesbrough, meanwhile, are sadly well accustomed to life in this most competitive of divisions and finished last season just outside the play-off places.

That they managed to end the campaign as high as seventh in  the table was due largely to their away form, winning 10 matches on the road compared with just eight at home.

This season, however, that trend has been dramatically reversed, with Boro winning three times in their own back yard and losing all three matches away from the Riverside.

Bet365 price the Teesiders at 7/2 (4.50) to claim their first away win of the season, while a victory for Blackburn can be backed at 4/5 (1.80).

Yet looking at results so far this season, goals would appear to be on the agenda at Ewood Park. Both sides have kept only one clean sheet apiece in their six league matches, with Blackburn scoring in every game they have played, and Boro netting in all but one league encounter in which they have featured.

Both teams to score is offered at 4/6 (1.66) and this looks like a solid selection, but the price on over 2.5 goals  3/4 (1.75) could hold more value.

This bet has paid out in every one of Rovers' last four league games and in four out of Boro's last five. With both sides in decent scoring form, but struggling to keep clean sheets, a high-scoring affair looks on the cards, and the price of 3/4 (1.75) for at least three goals to be netted looks big enough to invest in.

For a value bet try backing Blackburn to score over 2.5 goals at 12/5 (3.40).

This bet has proved to be the correct selection in two of their last three games, and with Rovers' boasting an in-form strike force including Nuno Gomes and Jordan Rhodes - who have seven goals between them already - backing them to put at least three past Boro could prove to be a wise move.

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VALUE BET
Over 2.5 goals at 3/4 (1.75 with Bet365
Blackburn to score over 2.5 goals at 12/5 (3.40) with Bet365

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.

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