Reds Relishing Cup Run

Sterling Liverpool. Image courtesy of thisisanfield.com
Raheem Sterling is in line to start against Blackburn. Image courtesy of thisisanfield.com

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Blackburn v Liverpool


Ewood Park, Blackburn

Thursday April 9 – 4:45am (AEST)



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Liverpool travel to Blackburn on Thursday morning with a FA Cup semi-final spot up for the taking.  

Their hopes of finishing in the EPL Top 4 may be over, but Liverpool can still give their fans something to cheer about this season. The Reds have enjoyed a solid run against lower ranked sides in this season's FA Cup, beating Wimbledon, Bolton and Crystal Palace all by the same 2-1 score line. Another seemingly easy fixture awaits the 2006 champions as they travel to Ewood Park to tackle Championship side Blackburn, but as they found out in the first playoff, the Lancashire outfit will take some beating. Liverpool boss Brandan Rogers is yet to yield any silverware during his time in charge, and this could be his best opportunity to do so. He has a full-strength squad at his disposal, excluding Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel who remain unavailable due to suspension.

Blackburn have already beaten two EPL sides in the tournament leading up to Thursday’s match, and after forcing a replay thanks to a 0-0 draw at Anfield in March, they’ll fancy their chances of an upset. Rovers do have a couple of injury worries to contend with however, with striker Rudy Gestede a major doubt after pulling his hamstring on the weekend. Fellow striker Chris Brown also fell victim to injury in Blackburn’s 3-0 win over Leeds, leaving a noticeable shortage of firepower up front. Manager Gary Bowyer will be banking on another strong defensive effort when the Reds march into town, and they’ll have their work cut out with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling likely starters.

Liverpool are firm favourites to get the job done at Ewood Park, and despite the short odds, that’s where punters are putting their money. The Reds have an exceptional head-to-head record against Blackburn, having lost just twice in their past 28 meetings.       

 

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