The two sides entered the campaign with differing expectations but after six games, both sit midtable with nine points apiece.
Rovers are 7/2 (4.50) outsiders with William Hill to reach the top six after promotion from League One last season, but there is more pressure on Villa to return to the Premier League, which they are 3/1 (4.0) to do this season.
A draw, which has occurred in half the league games involving either side this season, is 9/4 (3.25).
Blackburn’s creative maestro Bradley Dack is back from the sidelines and could come in after scoring four times in all competitions August prior to injury.
Powerful striker Tammy Abraham and speedy winger Yannick Bolasie could both make their debuts for Villa on Saturday. Both have previously played well in the Premier League and could be assets at this level.
Villa’s attack to fire?
For all the justified controversy about Villa’s style of football under Steve Bruce, they have scored 11 goals in six games without Abraham or Bolasie, which is a sign of the individual quality they possess.
While the Midlanders’ defence looks disjointed, we can expect them to have some joy going forward against a Rovers side that lost 4-1 at Bristol City last time out. Villa to win a match with three or more goals might therefore appeal at 3/1 (4.0).
Preview and predictions
Our best bet though is the 13/8 (2.63) on Villa scoring Over 1.5 goals. That bet would have come off in three of their six league games this season, while Blackburn have shipped two or more also in three in six.