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The first real challenge for Blackburn

Last updated: February 17, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 2pm
Venue: Ewood Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LDWDW
Away form: DWLWD
Last meeting: 1-1
Competition: The FA Cup

Blackburn Rovers easily progressed to the 5th round of The FA Cup, after two victories over League Two teams. Paul Lambert’s players beat Newport County 2-1 in the 3rd round. Rovers even played with 10 men for more than 80 minutes. Marshall and Rhodes scored for The Blue and Whites. Then, in the 4th round, Blackburn easily beat Oxford United 3-0 at The Kassam Stadium. Again Marshall was the hero, scoring twice in the match.

West Ham United played one of their greatest cup matches in the 4th round replays against Liverpool. The Hammers won in the very last minute of extra time. Ogbonna scored with a great header after Payet’s cross from a free-kick. But Slaven Bilic’s players haven’t recorded an away victory since their 3-1 win against Bournemouth at The Vitality Stadium (4 consecutive games).

On the other hand, Rovers are on a run of 9 consecutive Championship games without a victory. They have lost 5 and ended with a draw on 4 occasions. That’s the reason Blackburn are lying in 19th position in The Championship. So, Rovers will have to fight for their position in English football’s second league.


Team News

Cheikhou Kouyate has a concussion. He will surely miss the visit to Ewood Park. Kouyate has scored 4 goals in 22 league matches this season.

WWinston Reid has a hamstring problem. Slaven Bilic is expected to play Ogbonna in the starting eleven again.

O’Brien, Jenkinson and Tomkins are the other injured players in West Ham United’s squad. Carl Jenkinson is suffering from a knee injury.

Blackburn have recently sold their top goal-scorer Jordan Rhodes to Middlesbrough. Boro paid £9 m. for the 26-year-old forward.


Expected line-ups:

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Blackburn Rovers (4-4-2): Steele, Spurr, Ward, Duffy, Marshall, Evans, Lenihan, Conway, Jordi Gomez, Watt, Jackson.
Subs Brown, Bennett, Henley, Kilgallon, Taylor, David Raya.
Injured:
Doubtful:
Not available:
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West Ham (4-3-3): Randolph, Byram, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Obiang, Song, Noble, Payet, Valencia, Antonio.
Subs Carroll, Cullen, Parfitt-Williams, Emenike, Adrian, Moses, Oxford.
Injured: Jenkinson, Reid, Kouyate, O’Brien, Tomkins.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Comparison

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Blackburn Rovers this season West Ham United this season
Paul Lambert Head coach Slaven Bilic
The Championship Division The Premier League
19 League Position 7
3-0 vs. Oxford (away) 4th round result (AET)2-1 vs. Liverpool (home)
Winners (6) Biggest success in The FA Cup Winners (3)
6th round Last campaign in The FA Cup 5th round
Marshall (3) Top scorers in The FA Cup Antonio, Jelavic, Ogbonna (1)
Lawrence (1) Assist leader in The FA Cup Carroll, Payet (1)
  • The last 5 matches between these two teams ended with a draw. Three of these games finished with the correct score of 1-1. There have been 11 draws of 63 games in total.
  • The last time Blackburn Rovers won against West Ham was on 10th December 2005. The Blue and Whites won 3-2 at Ewood Park.
  • There has been the option ‘under 2.5 goals scored’ in 6 of West Ham’s last 7 FA Cup matches. The Hammers finished with ‘under’ in 9 of their last 15 Premier League games.
  • Blackburn have finished with the option ‘under 2,5’ in their last 11 Championship matches. So, the match is going to be an interesting one, but don’t expect a lot of goals.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
07/05/11 The Premier League West Ham 1-1 Blackburn J. Roberts 13′
18/12/10 The Premier League Blackburn 1-1 West Ham R. Nelsen 51′
30/01/10 The Premier League West Ham 0-0 Blackburn
29/08/09 The Premier League Blackburn 0-0 West Ham
21/03/09 The Premier League Blackburn 1-1 West Ham M. Noble 35′