There’s no doubt that Man City’s draw at Championship Blackburn in the FA Cup was a coupon buster that caught everybody by surprise but it’s hard to see lightning striking twice as the pair meet again, this time at the Etihad Stadium.
Manuel Pellegrini’s troops are virtually unstoppable on their own patch, indeed were it not for European champions Bayern Munich’s triumph at Eastlands in October, City would have a hundred percent record there across 15 matches in all competitions.
That’s a record Rovers don’t have the quality to disrupt, even though the hosts will make some changes and bookies emphatically agree so Pellegrini’s charges are just 2/15 at best with BetVictor to reach the fourth round in normal time.
Rampant City’s last cup clash was the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against West Ham and they ran out 6-0 winners in that one. This one should be a touch closer but the home side are nevertheless worth an interest at 17/20 in Winner.com’s handicaps, when kicking off two goals in arrears.
Man City to beat Blackburn 3-0 – 13/2 (888Sport)