Liverpool vs Blackburn Rovers: FA Cup match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's FA Cup fixture at Anfield

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Liverpool come into this clash looking to reach the FA Cup semi-final for the first time since 2012, when they beat Everton.

The Premier League giants are the form team in England’s top tier, being unbeaten in 11 games, while Blackburn are struggling and languishing down in 13th place in the Championship. However, with Blackburn almost certain of staying mid table, they might through caution to the wind and go for the win, as squad rotation won’t even come into their minds.

Saying that, an in-form Liverpool, despite possibly looking to rotate their squad after Wednesday night’s comfortable win against Burnley, should have enough to win, but the complacency shown back in 2000 could always come back to haunt the favourites.    

KICK-OFF: Sunday, 4pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Blackburn 2 (Yakubu 2) Liverpool 3 (Maxi 2 Carroll, April 2012

Liverpool 1 (Maxi) Blackburn 1 (Adam og), December 2011

Blackburn 3 (Olsson, Mwaruwani 2) Liverpool 1 (Gerrard), January 2011

STATS…

Liverpool are unbeaten at home to Blackburn in all competitions since January 2000 when Blackburn won in the FA Cup (W7 D4).

The teams have met 11 times in the cup, including replays, with Liverpool winning five times, and Blackburn winning on four occasions.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 12 league matches (W9 D3) making them the form team in the league.

Rovers’ last away win in the league came at the end of October, but beat Charlton away in the third round of the FA Cup in January.

ODDS…

Liverpool to win: 1.36

Blackburn to win: 11.5

Draw: 5.5

TV: Live on BT Sport 1 at 4pm

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