Competition: FA Cup Fourth Round
Venue: Ewood Park – Saturday January 24 – 12:45
Match odds: Blackburn Rovers 2/1 – Draw 23/10 – Swansea City 11/8
Blackburn overcame fellow Championship side Charlton Athletic 2-1 in the third round, while Gary Monk’s Swansea thumped League Two side Tranmere Rovers 6-2.
Blackburn Rovers’ home record in all competitions: Played 14 – Won 6 – Drawn 4 – Lost 4
Blackburn are currently sitting 10th in the Championship and have been in steady form this season but are without a win in their last four games.
This will be the first time the sides have met since 2012 before Blackburn’s relegation from the Premier League. Swansea came out on top in that tie, winning 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
Both Nathan Dyer and Gylfi Sigurdsson were on the score sheet that day and there is every chance that will happen again in tomorrow’s fixture, as they are the joint top scorers in the side now Wilfried Bony has left.
Swansea City’s away record in all competitions: Played 12 – Won 3 – Drawn 3 – Lost 6
Swansea have been inconsistent on the road this season winning only three times, and they will be looking to bounce back from that 5-0 thumping at the hands of Chelsea last Saturday. Gary Monk will be expecting a tough tie as we all know about home advantage in the cup.
The Swans have scored 11 goals in their last six away games, while Blackburn have failed to find the net in their last two home games. But they put four past Swansea the last time the Welsh club visited Ewood Park in 2011 and will hope for a repeat performance.
Blackburn Rovers last five in all competitions: L/D/W/L/D
Swansea City’s last five in all competitions: L/D/W/D/L
Key Stat: Defensive frailties – The Swans have only kept three clean sheets away from home all season while Blackburn have only kept four at home.
Key Player: Jordan Rhodes – The Blackburn goal machine only has nine this campaign so far but is always one to watch and will relish the chance to impress against the Premier League side.
Blackburn vs. Swansea Prediction: Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Swansea City – a hard battle for both sides but the Premier League outfit to edge it.