Blackburn v Manchester City: FA CUP Confirmed Lineups

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FA Cup 3rd Round Preview: Blackburn v Manchester City | Sat 4th January 12:45

The last time Blackburn faced Manchester City in a FA Cup tie, was six years ago with Rovers running out 2-0 winners.Blackburn’s biggest threat will be from Jordan Rhodes who has 17 goals in all competitions so far this season

A lot has changed in terms of a gulf in class financially and squad capabilities since an injection of money from Sheikh Mansour that has seen Manchester City become one of the powerhouses of world football. Rovers head into this clash in huge under-dog style but the beauty of the FA Cup slightly levels the playing fields. Rovers currently sit just two points off of the play-offs in the Championship. Their promotion push will be hugely decided on whether prized asset, Jordan Rhodes, will be staying at Ewood Park. The Scot has 16 goals already this season and has caught the eye of a number of Premier League sides. For Manuel Pellegrini, he will want his side to continue their fine away form that has seen them unbeaten in their last seven, including six wins. City are likely to rotate their side as they have a semi-final showdown in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday evening to look forward to.

TEAM NEWS

Blackburn

  • Tom Cairney and Rudy Gestede are available having completed transfer deals in time
  • Jason Lowe returns from suspension

Man City

  • Costel Pantillimon is likely to replace Joe Hart in goal
  • Jack Rodwell, Joleon Lescott and Derek Boyata are all pushing for starts

FORM GUIDE

Blackburn

Leeds
1 – 2 Blackburn
Blackburn
2 – 3 Birmingham
Blackburn
0 – 0 Sheff Wed
Yeovil 0 – 2 Blackburn
Blackburn
3 – 2 Millwall

Man City

Swansea
2 – 3 Man City
Man City 1 – 0 Crystal Palace
Man City 2 – 1 Liverpool
Fulham 2 – 4 Man City
Leicester
1 – 3 Man City

HEAD to HEAD

Man City
3 – 0 Blackburn
Blackburn 0 – 4 Man City
Blackburn
0 – 1 Man City
Man City
1 – 1 Blackburn
Man City
4 – 1 Blackburn

STATISTICS

  • Blackburn have won 10 of their last 11 FA Cup ties when played at home
  • Rovers have won three of their last four FA Cup matches when playing higher opposition
  • Man City have won the last three games between the two, scoring eight and not conceding

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