Blackburn To Make Life Difficult For Man United At Ewood Park

Manchester United are overwhelming favourites for Sunday afternoon's FA Cup fifth round tie with Blackburn Rovers but the struggling Championship side might make life difficult at Ewood Park...

  • This will be the first Blackburn v Man Utd match since 2012, with the Red Devils winning 7 of the previous 10 clashes - Drawn 2, Lost 1
  • United have gone 455 minutes without conceding a goal in all competitions

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Tips Blackburn to cover +2 goals    Best Bet @ 5 / 6  

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Jose Mourinho's side are in fine form at the moment as they are sitting comfortably in sixth place in the Premier League but it is in the cup competitions where they have thrived as they are through to the final of the EFL Cup and they racked up a healthy 3-0 win in the first leg of their Europa League knockout tie with St Etienne on Thursday night.

It is a quick turnaround between games this weekend though and Mourinho may be tempted to rotate his team to keep key players fresh for the game with Southampton at Wembley next Sunday.

United should still have too much quality for Blackburn and it is no surprise to see that the visitors are 1/3 favourites at Ewood Park (Betway).
Match Odds:

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1/3 1/3 7/20 4/11 4/11 1/3 4/11
4 9/2 4 17/4 17/4 4 19/5
9 10 8 17/2 17/2 8 15/2

Handicap Market

United have romped to 4-0 home wins over Reading and Wigan respectively in this season's FA Cup but it might not be so straightforward on the road at Blackburn, who are second from bottom in the Championship.

Owen Coyle's side are clearly struggling but they have rarely been battered out of sight by teams and only one of their past fourteen defeats has come by a margin of two goals or more.

With that in mind, Rovers are 5/6 to cover +2 goals on Sunday (Betway) and that is a bet that would have paid out in 28 of Blackburn's last 29 games in all competitions.

Goal Markets

Coyle's side are actually quite decent at Ewood Park as they have scored in eleven home matches in a row and they have kept three clean sheets in their past five, with Rovers winning three, drawing one and losing only one of those recent outings.

The hosts will do well to score against a United side that has gone 455 minutes without conceding a goal in all formats and the Red Devils are 6/5 to win to nil (Sky Bet).

It remains to be seen if Mourinho risks his 23 goal talisman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has bemoaned the Thursday-Sunday turnaround between games already this term and the 35-year-old could be due a rest before next week's Wembley date.

With Ibrahimovic dominating headlines, the contribution of Juan Mata has been unheralded but he has been superb in scoring seven goals this season. The Spaniard has notched six goals in ten starts in domestic cup competitions for United and he is 21/10 to score at anytime (Bet 365), with Mata having scored nine goals in his previous nineteen career starts in the FA Cup.
Anytime Goalscorer Odds:

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5/6 8/11 8/11 4/6 4/6 4/5 2/3
4/6 1 11/10 21/20 5/4 11/10 1
5/6 1 11/10 10/11 - 4/5 10/11
11/8 7/4 6/4 6/4 7/4 6/4 3/2
11/8 7/4 6/4 6/4 5/4 5/4 3/2
15/8 5/2 21/10 2 21/10 9/5 2
6/4 15/8 17/10 13/8 21/10 9/5 13/8
5/2 9/4 19/10 21/10 12/5 85/40 2
11/4 3 11/4 13/5 - 12/5 5/2
11/4 3 11/4 13/5 10/3 29/10 5/2
9/2 9/2 15/4 7/2 15/4 19/5 7/2
- - - - 9/2 - -
4 7/2 13/5 14/5 9/2 19/5 11/4
9/2 5 4 7/2 9/2 19/5 7/2
4 4 29/10 16/5 11/2 11/4 3
4 6 19/5 9/2 9/2 19/5 9/2
4 13/2 9/2 5 11/2 19/4 5
11/2 6 9/2 4 - 19/5 4
17/2 9 13/2 6 15/2 13/2 6
17/2 9 - - 15/2 - 6
11 9 11/2 13/2 10 9 13/2
7 8 6 11/2 12 9 11/2
11 12 7 8 10 9 8
17/2 9 15/2 8 12 9 8
11 12 7 8 - 9 8
11 12 17/2 9 12 9 9
- 12 17/2 10 - 9 10
13 12 17/2 9 17/2 21/2 9
13 12 - - 12 - 17/2
11 12 17/2 9 10 9 9
11 14 10 11 - 21/2 11
13 14 11 12 12 21/2 12
11 14 10 12 12 21/2 12
11 12 17/2 9 10 9 9
11 12 17/2 10 15/2 9 10
11 14 10 12 - 21/2 12
- - 12 11 - 11 -
13 14 11 12 12 21/2 12
13 18 14 14 14 14 14
- 18 14 14 20 14 14
- - - - 20 - -
22 20 18 20 22 17 20
22 20 18 20 22 17 20
- - - - 22 - -
22 18 14 18 20 17 18
22 22 25 28 14 28 28

Posted: Friday, 17th February 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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