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Sunday April 24, 2011Match Preview: Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City

By William Wood | In Match Reports - Away Games

Relegation threatened Blackburn Rovers welcome a Manchester City side buoyed by the FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester United last weekend to Ewood Park.

City will be determined to gain the three points and retain their Champions League qualifying fourth position in the Premier League table.

Blackburn are desperate for at least a point as they sit perilously above the bottom three, though they’re winless in their last 10 games which doesn’t bode well.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES

Despite defeats against Liverpool and Chelsea in recent times, City are in decent form, and the win over Sir Alex Ferguson’s men last weekend to send them through to the FA Cup final at Wembley gives them added confidence. They do, though, have the worst away record this term of the top five sides, and have only won 14 of the 57 games played against Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Despite a promising start, Steve Kean’s tenure has taken a downward spiral and the club sit bang in the middle of a relegation fight. Their home form isn’t, though, where the problem lies, and they’ve only lost once at Ewood Park in their last five games.

KEY PLAYER

Mario Balotelli improved during the clash against Manchester United, posing a threat as well as dropping deep to instigate several attacks. If his head’s in the game, he could unlock Blackburn’s defence and send City closer to the Champions League.

MANCHESTER CITY TEAM NEWS

Micah aggravated the hamstring injury the day before the FA Cup semi-final last weekend and he’s out for two-three weeks. Carlos Tevez also misses out through injury, and he’s joined in the treatment room by Jerome Boateng and Shay Given.