Blackburn v Wigan, 20:00
This is pretty much it for Blackburn, one game to save their chances, and salvation seems the least likely outcome. With Wigan six points ahead of their hosts and having only two games left, the away side will know a draw will doom Rovers to a season in the Championship (at least) and secure their own place in the league next season, while Blackburn have to win to have any chance of a final day recovery. Even if they do that they’ll still be relying on results elsewhere, and to be honest at this stage backing them to stay up is not a very wise move.
Wigan, on 37 points, need a win to be absolutely safe from relegation before the final day of term, but with their hosts presumably going all out for victory Roberto Martinez may decide to play on the break and utilise the great pace of Victor Moses up front. The away team also have the luxury of knowing they host bottom club Wolves on the last day, while Blackburn take on a Chelsea side preparing for a Champions League final. Things really are stacking up for poor old Steve Kean, it seems.
Blackburn’s Martin Olsson is in line for a return to the starting XI after spending the last three games on the bench due to a niggling groin injury. Bradley Orr will be given a late fitness test, but Grant Hanley will not return until next season. Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is boosted by the news that he has a fully fit squad to choose from. Franco Di Santo has recovered from a knock to his calf and Ronnie Stam’s hamstring injury has also healed.
Bet365 offer 15/4 on Rovers winning by a 1-goal margin, and if they are to trouble the Wigan defence Yakubu and Hoilett will need to perform. The performance recently in which the Rovers managed not one shot in the game will simply not be good enough to achieve what they now know they must.