Millwall-Blackburn Betting Preview: Rhodes could prove the difference

Neither side go into this match in particularly strong form, but Al Hain-Cole thinks that Rovers' Scotland striker may well prove the match-winner in a closely-fought game
Both Millwall and Blackburn must have counted themselves lucky when they drew each other in the only FA Cup quarter-final not featuring a Premier League side, knowing that it gives each an excellent chance of reaching a memorable semi-final.

With both sides seemingly destined for mid-table Championship finishes, this tie surely represent the most important game left on their calendars, but neither go into the match in particularly good shape.

The Lions’ wins over Aston Villa and Luton in the last two rounds are two of just three victories in their last 11 games, in which they have lost seven, but home advantage makes them 5/4 (2.25) favourites with William Hill to come out on top here.

Meanwhile, Michael Appleton’s Midas touch since taking over at Ewood Park seems to have worn off recently, and with four defeats and no victories in the five games since their famous win against Arsenal, they are outsiders at 11/5 (3.20) to book themselves a place in the semi-finals.

There are odds of 23/10 (3.30) available on the two sides taking the tie to their first replay of the competition with a stalemate at The Den.

The source of this pair’s recent struggles is easily diagnosable, as these are two of the lowest-scoring teams in their division.

While Rovers’ downturn in form is due to a return of just two goals in their last five matches, Kenny Jackett’s side have longer standing issues, with just 15 goals scored in their last 15.

With neither side likely to take any risks considering the rewards at stake, a tight match seems inevitable, and odds of 4/5 (1.80) offer excellent value on under 2.5 goals going in on Sunday.

In a closely-fought match, having a natural goalscorer in the ranks can be a deciding factor, and Blackburn certainly hold all of the aces on that front.

Jordan Rhodes has undoubtedly justified the £7 million that the club shelled out for him in the summer, scoring 20 goals in 36 appearances this season.

With a record like that, the Scotland international is the obvious choice to score first in this game, at tasty 9/2 (5.50) odds.

Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) with William Hill
Jordan Rhodes to score first at 9/2 (5.50) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.