Manchester City vs Blackburn Rovers Preview

January 15, 2014
By: Deke Hardman

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The third round of this season’s FA Cup concludes at the Etihad Stadium this evening with the replay between Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are unbeaten in their last fifteen games in all competitions, winning thirteen and drawing just twice – once at Southampton in the league and then at Ewood Park eleven days ago.

Joint top scorer Sergio Aguero is set to return to City’s starting XI after missing the past month with a calf injury, though Yaya Toure and David Silva are both doubtful and Samir Nasri is definitely out.

Alvaro Negredo is favourite to open the scoring at 4.0 (3/1) with Bet 365, while Aguero is a 4.33 (10/3) shot with the same company.

The hosts are odds on favourites to win the match at odds of 1.13 (1/8) with most firms, with Blackburn as highly priced as the 26.0 (25/1) on offer from Bet Victor. The draw is 10.0 (9/1) with Bet 365.

The visitors, who currently sit in eighth place in the Championship, have lost just one of their last eight games, and go in to this match having beaten Doncaster Rovers at the weekend to stay within touching distance of the play offs.

Manager Gary Bowyer has no fresh injury problems, with top scorer Jordan Rhodes expected to once again lead the line.

Paddy Power have the 23 year old at 15.0 (14/1) to get the first goal of the game, ahead of Rudy Gestede who is a 20.0 (19/1) shot with Bet Victor.

City are unbeaten in their last ten games against Rovers, and won 3-0 the last time the sides met at the Etihad, on route to clinching the Premier League title.

The same scoreline can be backed at odds of 8.0 (7/1) with a variety of bookmakers, while as the home side have scored at least four goals in nine of their fifteen games in front of their own fans so far this season, you make prefer to take advantage of Coral’s offer of 2.62 (13/8) for them to do so here.

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