Lays of the Weekend: Blackburn and Doncaster to be denied victories

Lay Blackburn to beat Nottingham Forest @ [2.14]

Nottingham Forest aren’t in the sharpest form, but there is an explanation for that. Four of their five conquerors since the start of February were among the seven best Championship performers in that period (billing that Forest share), including Norwich and Watford, by far the two leaders of that spell.

In addition to having potentially as many as eight players missing through injury, Blackburn aren’t as hot as those teams, winning once in six games across all competitions and firing blanks in three of the latest five, including two in a row at home.

The most captivating stats for this contest are these though. Rovers have beaten just one top-half adversary at Ewood Park all season: Bournemouth back in August before the 2014/15 pecking order had truly been defined. Forest have lost a mere two in seven away to clubs above them this term.

Lay Doncaster to beat Fleetwood @ [2.06]

Oddly, Doncaster have a weaker home record in League One in 2014/15 than they did when being relegated from the Championship last year, prevailing six times in 21 matches for the fifth-poorest point-per-game average in the division. It is getting worse rather than better too, with only one point obtained from their past four Keepmoat Stadium encounters.

Fleetwood head to South Yorkshire fresh from successive league defeats, but two years have passed since they last suffered three. They took seven points from the three road trips before their wobble at Walsall, and brought down Fleetwood 3-1 in the reverse fixture.

Lay Newport to beat Dagenham and Redbridge @ [1.82]

This might be the most appealing lay of the lot, and at the most appetising price as well. Newport evacuated first the automatic-promotion positions then the play-off places courtesy of a run of ten reverses in 18 and three on the spin. They have won just once in their last eight matches in south Wales, and that was against a Luton side at the centre point of a seven-game losing streak.

By contrast, Dagenham and Redbridge have defied their bottom-half billing to win four of their most recent seven on their travels and triumphed 2-1 at Rodney Parade last March. In terms of current form, the Daggers have conceded only four times in their last seven outings at all venues.