Blackburn Rovers v West Ham United Betting: Defences can dominate when the Hammers come to town

Paul Lambert's charges will be hoping to spring a surprise against Slaven Bilic's men but our tipster is backing a dour encounter when these two sides meet at Ewood Park
Blackburn Rovers take on West Ham United in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Ewood Park. The Championship side have beaten top flight opposition at this stage of the competition in two of the last three seasons – defeating Arsenal in 2013 and Stoke City last term – and Rovers will be determined to repeat the feat when they go head-to-head with the Hammers.

Paul Lambert’s men claimed a morale-boosting 3-0 win over Fulham in the Championship on Tuesday night and the hosts are chalked up at 12/5 (3.40) with William Hill to maintain momentum by securing another win over Slaven Bilic’s.

West Ham United claimed a memorable victory over Liverpool in a fourth round replay to set up the showdown at Ewood Park and the Premier League side are chalked up as William Hill’s 21/20 (2.05) favourites to win inside 90 minutes in Lancashire.

It is worth noting that each of the last five matches between these teams in all competitions has ended all square and, with that in mind, punters may well be tempted by William Hill’s 9/4 (3.25) quote for yet another stalemate.

West Ham ran out as 4-2 winners in the last FA Cup meeting between the clubs and William Hill go 66/1 (67.0) that the scoreline is repeated here, while the same firm go 21/20 (2.05) that more than two goals are scored.

The Hammers have won 12 of their last 14 fixtures against lower league opposition in this competition, but their away form will surely be a concern given that Bilic's charges have won just one of their last nine matches on the road.

Furthermore, West Ham have managed just two goals in their last seven FA Cup fixtures away from Upton Park.

The hosts have scored just 15 goals in 15 Championship fixtures on home turf this season, while the loss of striker Jordan Rhodes – who had scored 11 goals for Rovers in all competitions this term - to Championship rivals Middlesbrough is a bitter blow to Lambert’s charges.

With this in mind, a tight encounter looks likely and the 10/11 (1.91) quote offered up by William Hill for either or both sides to fail to find the net at Ewood Park is the recommended play for punters ahead of Sunday’s showdown.

"No" on Both Teams To Score at 10/11 (1.91) for a 1pt stake with William Hill