The first real challenge for Blackburn
Last updated: February 17, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|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.
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.
|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.|
|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.|
|Blackburn Rovers this season||West Ham United this season|
|Paul Lambert||Head coach||Slaven Bilic|
|The Championship||Division||The Premier League|
|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′|