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Blackburn v Bolton tips – Cult hero Heskey well worth anytime punt

Ex-England striker Heskey has magnificent record against Rovers, so veteran stager is worth a wager to score in Lancashire derby at 33/10 with

Emile Heskey has four goals in his last eight appearances against Blackburn Rovers across all competitions, and credible career stats of 11 in 32 when paired with this opposition. That makes a 33/10 price with 888Sport for him to score anytime for Bolton Wanderers at Ewood Park in Friday night’s live Championship offering well worth a punt.

Enjoying cult hero status thanks to his ‘Heskey cam’ exploits while playing Australian A-League outfit Newcastle United Jets, ex-England international and much-travelled former Liverpool frontman Heskey can give Neil Lennon’s struggling Trotters a real boost. Although we’re only four games in to the 46-match Championship campaign, this looks like being a basement battle with more local pride on the line.

Bolton have won on two of their last four visits to Blackburn, so are a terrific top-price 31/10, again with 888Sport, to get a victory which, at worst temporarily, takes Wanderers out of the bottom three. Coral offer the best odds for a home win at 21/20 but, with speculation already mounting Rovers will axe boss Gary Bowyer, all is not well at Ewood Park.

Backing a Lancashire derby draw may thus appeal as a 13/5 bet with a number of leading bookmakers, yet anything but a decisive outcome does neither side’s current plight much good. Both Bolton and Blackburn were once Premier League mainstays, and it is sad to see them in such circumstances after respective successes under Sam Allardyce and Mark Hughes a decade or so ago.

What Rovers and boss Bowyer need is unsettled Jordan Rhodes to put Middlesbrough’s lengthy and ultimately fruitless pursuit behind him, as the Scotland striker has a terrifying four goals in three fixtures against the Trotters at Ewood Park. Punters can thus only get best available odds of 6/4 for Rhodes to strike again anytime with Betfair.

Better at a top-price 9/2 with Coral to grab the last goal, which he has done so on all three occasions when battling Bolton at home, Rhodes must ready himself for the fight and fire Blackburn out of immediate danger.

Heroic Heskey, to many a figure of fun and ridicule, looks the horse for this particular course this time, however, especially in the adversity of a six-pointer scrap. Back him to use all his experience to wreak havoc at set-pieces. best bet: Emile Heskey scores anytime @ 33/10 with 888Sport

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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