Manchester City v Blackburn Rovers Preview

January 14, 2014 | By

Southampton v Chelsea PreviewEnglish FA Cup 3rd Round Replay action Wednesday Night comes from the Etihad Stadium featuring Manchester City versus Blackburn Rovers.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on ITV 1 High Definition with a scheduled 20:10pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Manchester City v Blackburn Rovers Preview, FA Cup, Wednesday 15th January 2014

Manchester City will certainly see this tournament as one they can win, despite their 1-1 draw at Ewood Park Stadium back on the 4th January this year, as now with home advantage where they average 3.80 goals per game, the players and fans will be confident of obtaining the right result come wednesday night.

Blackburn Rovers done themselves very proud by holding Manchester City to a 1-1 draw last weekend in the first attempt during this round of the competition, but it does now seem that their exit is inevitable as not many clubs come away from the Etihad Stadium with much these days and the only way Blackburn Rovers were to have any chance of winning this game will be down to just how weak of a team Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini decides to play.

Manchester City Team News:

Samir Nasri, Jack Rodwell and Jovetic are all definitely ruled out for this game as each player continues to recover from respective injury problems. Sergio Aguero has now returned back to training with the squad but this game looks to have come too early and Yaya Toure picked up a back problem in the 2-0 victory over Newcastle United over the weekend and looks likely to be rested.

Blackburn Rovers Team News:

No reported injuries or suspensions for Blackburn Rovers, so expect manager Gary Bowyer to play his strongest lineup available which should see the clubs current top goalscorer Jordan Rhodes leading the attack up front for the visitors.

Manchester City v Blackburn Rovers Head to Head Statistics:

Wednesday evening’s game from the Etihad Stadium will become the 99th meeting between the two clubs over the years of which Manchester City have won 34 times (20 at the Etihad Stadium) with Blackburn having won 38 (12 at the Etihad Stadium) and the remaining 26 matches having finished all square (16 at the Etihad Stadium).

The last 5 meetings between the two clubs in our head to head statistics table below, shows Manchester City having had a commanding advantage having won 3 times, with Blackburn having failed to win any and the remaining two games having finished all square.

04/01/13 FAC Blackburn – Manchester City
1 : 1
25/02/12 PRL Manchester City – Blackburn
3 : 0
01/10/11 PRL Blackburn – Manchester City 0 : 4
25/04/11 PRL Blackburn – Manchester City 0 : 1
11/09/10 PRL Manchester City – Blackburn 1 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

195 Goals have been scored in the previous 98 matches between the two clubs which provides us with an overall goals per game statistic of 1.98 and with 144 goals having been scored at the in the 48 matches played at the Etihad Stadium we are provided with an average goals per game statistic of 3.00. Both average goal per game statistics seem to suggest that we should see at least a couple of goals scored during this match on wednesday night.

Manchester City v Blackburn Rovers Recent Form (Left to Right)

Manchester City: W W W W W

Blackburn Rovers : W L D W W

In the last few weeks games we have seen Blackburn Rovers in much better form, they did however lose to Birmingham City at home in a 3 – 2 thriller but they did manage to bounce back 3 days later with a win over Leeds United. Manchester City however head into this match on the back of 12 games unbeaten with 11 of them being convincing wins.

Manchester City v Blackburn Rovers Match Betting Odds Market

Manchester City are the clear odds on favourites to be the ones progressing through to the 4th round of this competition with the online bookmakers offering up a very short price of just 1.13 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) which offers us the punter no value what so ever unfortunately.

The Draw did happen when these two sides met each other back on the 4th of January this year, but does look a highly unlikely outcome this time around as the current best odds of 10/1 with Betvictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) clearly suggest.

Blackburn Rovers are not given any chance at all of winning this game on wednesday night with the online bookmakers offering up a huge price of 25/1 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) for Gary Bowyer’s side to pull off what would be a huge shock.

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Manchester City v Blackburn Rovers Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

This should be a very straight foward victory for Manchester City as the current odds that the online bookmakers are offering clearly suggest but with the price so short, us the punter are forced to look elsewhere to find some value on this game and that does look like being very difficult indeed with most betting markets also offering up poor value.

However, with the average goals per game statistics suggesting this game to see at least a few goals go in on wednesday night and Manchester City scoring on average 3.80 goals per game at the Etihad Stadium this season, the Score & Win betting market looks about the only thing worth getting on here.

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