Stat attack: Blackburn Rovers
- Sat 23 Apr 2011, 9:57AM
- Posted by Alex Rowen
Not long to wait now - and ahead of the trip to Ewood Park, we’ve compiled some of the vital facts and figures you'll want to know about City and Blackburn ...
Confidence in the City camp, sky high following Wembley, will only be bolstered by the fact that the Blues haven’t lost in any of their last six meetings with Blackburn.
But Roberto Mancini’s side will be wary that seven of their last 14 League meetings with Rovers have ended in draws. Not only that, the hosts have drawn their last three games on home soil.
Last season’s trip to Blackburn was the first time City have won at Ewood Park since 2003 and was also the opening game of City’s most successful Premier League campaign to date.
This season, Rovers are battling to avoid relegation to the Championship and, having failed to win in nine League games, sit just two points off the drop-zone.
In fact, Blackburn have taken just two points off teams in the top five this season – though one of those points did come from their 1-1 visit to Eastlands in September.
City haven’t enjoyed their League travels recently. The Blues have gone six games without a win on the road since beating Newcastle at St James’ Park on Boxing Day
Blackburn will be without on-loan Roque Santa Cruz, who is ineligible to play against his parent club. The Paraguay striker has made nine appearances for Rovers since re-joining them in January but is yet to score.
In Santa Cruz’s absence, Rovers may call upon another former Blue – Benjani. After two years at City, the Zimbabwean striker joined Blackburn last summer and has scored three times in 19 appearances.
If Benjani is to add to his tally then he will have to find a way past City goalkeeper Joe Hart. That might be easier said than done, given that Hart has kept 14 League clean sheets this season.