Etihad Stadium

Kick off: 5:30pm

Blackburn Rovers face Manchester City on Saturday having won just once in their last nine meetings at the Etihad Stadium.

Rovers are currently hovering above the relegation zone in 17th position thanks to goal difference and will have to be at their absolute best if they are to leave Manchester with some dignity intact. Still without a clean-sheet all season, Blackburn’s defence could be in for a long evening as they face the league’s leading goal scorers, and if City play to their full potential it could end up being a damage limitation exercise for Blackburn.

Steve Kean’s men will be hoping they can replicate the shock result which they earned last time they visited Manchester as they ran out 3-2 winners at Old Trafford. They go in to the game off the back of a 3-2 win over QPR which lifted them out of the relegation zone. Steve Kean will be hoping to build on the result in an attempt to boost their survival chances.

It will be a huge task for Blackburn as Manchester City come in to the game fresh from their demolition of Europa League Champions Porto, Mancini’s men hammered 4 past the Portuguese giants with no reply, as they booked their place in the last sixteen of the competition.

Blackburn will be without the suspended Gael Givet and youngster Jason Lowe who picked up his tenth yellow card of the campaign in the victory over QPR last time out.

City will be boosted by the return of Yaya and Kolo Toure, who have missed the last month having been on international duty.

If Blackburn perform like they did against Liverpool and Manchester United over the Christmas period then there is a slight chance they could snatch a point from the league leaders, but there is a very slim chance of that happening. I predict Man City running away with it scoring a handful of goals.


  • Blackburn have won just once in their last 9 visits to Manchester City.
  • Rovers have won 50 of the 120 meetings between the sides.
  • In the same fixture last year Blackburn shared the points thanks to a 1-1 draw.

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