Blackburn take on West Ham in the Fifth round of the FA Cup from Ewood Park this afternoon.
Following on from Hull’s impressive performance against Arsenal yesterday, its now up to Blackburn to continue the trend for the Championship sides by taking on another Premier League opponent in West Ham United.
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It should prove to be another interesting encounter at Ewood Park today with the FA Cup a welcome relief for a Rovers side that has one eye over their shoulder a potential relegation trap door.
Paul Lambert’s side have struggled in recent weeks but a 3-0 win over Fulham midweek will have been a welcome confidence boost coming into this game against Premier League opposition.
Rover should have Tony Watt recalled to the side, who should play alongside one of Danny Graham, Chris Brown and Simeon Jackson in what is sure to be an attacking line up.
West Ham look to have secured their Premier League status for another season, and with will be looking to push for a Europa League place this season.
Slaven Bilic has a few injury headaches in his side, with James Tomkins injured and Joey O’Brien also not available the Croat will have to re shuffle the pack defensively.
Andy Carroll is still not fit.
Its been a busy few weeks for the Upton Park side but they will see this game as a great opportunity to reach the FA Cup quarter finals, and with another Wembley appearance on the horizon there is plenty up for grabs at Ewood Park today.
Predictably, the away side are rightfully favourites for the victory and the price of 13/10 on the away win is sure to attract plenty of interest.
Blackburn arrested their slump against Fulham last week and with the shackles and pressure off a traumatic Championship season Rovers could indeed rise to the occasion.
The draw looks a very hackable 9/4 and thats one price we’re taking on the Championship side this afternoon.