Blackburn Rovers play decider match

Blackburn Rovers play decider match

Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City meets in the fourth round of the FA Cup, the second time in three days. On their first match, these two squads had a 2-2 draw, but this game is more crucial than the first. This is a decider match, as the winners for this round will advance to the next round, which is why this game is an important one. Additionally, these two teams can gain confidence with a qualification for FA Cup‘s next round. This meeting will be on February 1, 2023, at 3:45 AM (GMT+8), with Birmingham as hosts.

Considering that these two teams are playing in the same league, they already played a lot of games before this meeting. Across all competitions, these two teams already played 134 games, with the visitors having a narrow lead. From those 134 matches, the visitors had 51 wins, while the hosts have 48 victories. Moreover, although the hosts’ last win against the visitors was way back 2020, it happened in the FA Cup. However, despite of that, it was actually years ago since these two teams entered the fifth round of FA Cup. The hosts last reached the fifth round in the 2019-20 season, while the visitors last entered the fifth round during the 2016-27 season.

Birmingham City

FA Cup: Birmingham City
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Considering their unpleasant run in the Championship, this squad are eager to win this match, in order to give their supporters something to cheer about. In fact, in the Championship, they lost to their last five games. This only means that they come in this game with a not good momentum, but they remain hopeful to finally end that streak. Even in the FA Cup, this squad is experiencing misfortunes, as their only win was against Forest Green, in a 2-1 victory. On their last game against the same opponent, they had an advantage but they were not able to capitalize it. For this game, expect this squad to go all-out, and are hoping to draw strength at home.

Although their last game ended in draw, this squad might make some changes for their XI, and debut some fresh legs. Hannibal Mejbri, and Juninho Bacuna remains a doubt whether they can earn a recall in midfield or not.

Blackburn Rovers

FA Cup: Blackburn Rovers
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This squad has a completely different record against their opponents, as this is a team who is currently unbeaten. In fact, they nearly bagged their sixth consecutive win when they went against Birmingham on their last meeting. In the league table of the Championship, this team is at the fifth spot with 43 points. This only means that they are a better team in this game, which is why they stand an advantage in this game. They remain hopeful for a qualification in the Championship, so expect them to go all-out as well in this game. This is not impossible though as they are a team who were able to build momentum for consecutive wins.

Sammie Szmodics might replace Bradley Dack as a striker for this game. Moreover, Jack Vale might come in for Sam Gallagher.

Prediction:

Blackburn Rovers (2.0)
Odds: 0.94

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