Blackburn host West Ham United in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Ewood Park on Sunday, and both sides will look at the clash as a good opportunity to advance to the quarter-final stage.
Rovers have endured a tough season in the Championship, lying just four places and eight points above the relegation zone, as well as losing Jordan Rhodes to Middlesbrough in the January transfer window.
However, Paul Lambert’s side did end a nine-match winless run in England’s second-tier when they beat Fulham 3-0 on Tuesday night, and they have a good pedigree in the FA Cup in recent times.
Last time out they beat Oxford United, who dumped out Premier League outfit Swansea in the third round, 3-0, while last year they reached the last-eight, where they were beaten in a replay by Liverpool.
Meanwhile, West Ham continue to push for a place in Europe in the Premier League, but Slaven Bilic will also know that this competition is another chance to claim a spot in the Europa League, should they miss out in the top flight.
The Hammers beat Liverpool in the previous round thanks to Angelo Ogbonna’s last minute extra-time winner, and with the likes of Leicester and Southampton already out, and one of Chelsea and Manchester City, and Tottenham and Crystal Palace, joining them this weekend, they will be determined to go through.
The East London outfit were beaten 4-0 at this stage last term by West Brom, and Slaven Bilic will be keen to avoid a repeat of that result, and the two-goal advantage they gave to strugglers Norwich City in their 2-2 draw at Carrow Road last Saturday.
Blackburn boss Lambert could name an unchanged side to the one that impressively dispatched Fulham in midweek.
For the visitors, January loan signing Emmanuel Emenike is the only fit striker with Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia all ruled out through injury, while winger Michail Antonio could once again fill in at full-back in the absence of James Tomkins, Joey O’Brien and Sam Byram.
League Position: Blackburn – 18th (Championship – 34 pts); West Ham – 7th (Premier League – 40 pts)
Previous Meeting: West Ham 1-1 Blackburn (May 7, 2011)
Form: Blackburn – WDWDLW; West Ham – DDWLWD
Key Men: Blackburn – Danny Graham; West Ham – Dimitri Payet
Shoot Says: Blackburn 0-1 West Ham