Lays of the weekend: Hornets to sting Blackburn

Steve Kean's departure sparked a barren spell of results for Rovers

Christian Crowther picks manager-less Blackburn, home-chokers Torino and Motherwell to fail to record victories...

"Since the unceremonious departure of Steve Kean the impregnability factor has waned heavily with two losses from their last three at Ewood Park."
Lay Blackburn to beat Watford @ 1.9420/21

Lay Blackburn to beat Watford @ 1.9420/21
If it isn't broke don't fix it is the mantra for this column and hence the Championship is once again the first port of call for your laying requirements. A visit to Blackburn at the beginning of the season would have been a daunting prospect for most teams as three straight wins for Rovers testified. However, since the unceremonious departure ofSteve Kean the impregnability factor has waned heavily with two losses from their last three at Ewood Park. Watford are a work in progress under Gianfranco Zola and that development has been most noticeable on the road of late - the Hornets have won two out of their last three away days - and also aiding their chances of a result is the fact Blackburn are still manager-less.

Lay Motherwell to beat Hibernian @ 2.285/4
Rangers' absence from the Scottish Premier League had invoked fears of entertainment meltdown, yet so far these concerns have evaporated given the division's ultra-competitive nature. No doubt Celtic will apply the afterburners at some point but right now only 11 points separate 11 teams with Dundee the only side cut adrift after ten games. Only a couple of points split Motherwell and visitors Hibernian, currently occupying sixth and fourth respectively, though the hosts' form - three straight defeats in all competitions - makes bleak reading for Motherwell fans. As with most of Scotland's top flight teams Hibernian's form is patchy, but an earlier away draw at Celtic and a road victory over St Mirren show they are capable of piling misery on Stuart McCall's charges.

Lay Torino to beat Parma @ 2.265/4
Torino's return to the big time has so far returned mixed results for Turin's second side. They have held their own, though their propensity towards a draw has stifled their progress up the league table, recording just two wins from their eight games. Fingers can be pointed at their feeble home form in particular - just one win from four, including two defeats - and perhaps more worryingly they have failed to register in three of those games. Visitors Parma are hardly setting the top flight ablaze but are proving hard to beat, with only a solitary defeat in their last five, beating Sampdoria most recently. A quick scan of the annals shows you have to go back eight games between these two sides before you find a Torino victory.

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