The Cherries have lost a lot of key players during the transfer window and their manager Eddie Howe, so there’s an element of the unknown for Jason Tindall’s men.
Still, they’re among the favourites to achieve promotion and you’ll find our Bournemouth vs Blackburn betting preview on the first game of the season for the sides right here...
When is AFC Bournemouth v Blackburn Rovers?We’re back to the traditional Saturday 3pm kick offs at the weekend as Blackburn visit the Vitality Stadium since 2018 in the League Cup, when they fell to a 3-2 defeat.
The game on September 12 will be played behind closed doors, but it will be available to stream via Sky Sports with every EFL game shown live until crowds are back inside the stadium.
- Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 3pm: AFC Bournemouth v Blackburn Rovers
Who is the AFC Bournemouth v Blackburn Rovers favourite?The Cherries are 7/2 to earn promotion with William Hill, and will want to get off to a good start against a side that finished mid-table in the Championship last term.
You can back Bournemouth at EVS with the bookie in this encounter, with the Lancashire side priced at 14/5.
The draw is priced at 5/2, while a BTTS win for the home side can be backed at 14/5 and the away side 6/1.
Joshua King, who scored six last season in the Premier League poses Bournemouth’s main goal threat with the loss of Callum Wilson to Newcastle just days ago.
Blackburn will be pleased with Adam Armstrong’s start to the season, with a goal against Doncaster to see them through the first round of the EFL Cup, and he’ll be the one to watch for a Nathan Ake-less Bournemouth back four.
Head-to-HeadThe two sides have met 23 times in their history, with Blackburn generally having the better of Bournemouth.
The tides have turned slightly in terms of quality and superiority though, with Bournemouth having spent time in the top flight.
In the last decade, the sides have met five times, with both sides having won two apiece, with a 0-0 draw the last time the sides met in the league.
Four of the last six games have had four goals or more and it would be an exciting start to the season if that was to be the case again, and over 3.5 goals can be backed at 12/5 with William Hill.
Our AFC Bournemouth v Blackburn Rovers PredictionsWe expect to see a much cagier encounter in this one though, and one Bournemouth really won’t want to lose.
A Bournemouth win and BTTS would be our punt for this one at 16/5 with BetVictor, and we’d look more towards 2-1 at 8/1 with GentingBet if we were going to look at the correct score market.
A both score no draw bet could be worthwhile for the more conservative punters at 7/4.
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