Sports Mole previews Monday’s FA Cup clash between Blackburn Rovers and Wrexham, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Seeking the obvious FA Cup scalp to reach the fifth cycle for the first time in 27 years, Wrexham go to Ewood Park to lock horns Blackburn Rovers Monday night.
Jon Dahl TomassonThe men beat Cambridge United 5-2 to reach the fourth round, while their League Two counterparts edged past Shrewsbury Town 1-0 in the third round.
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The appearance of Ewood Park in brief was Cambridge’s Jack Lankester In their third clash with Blackburn, the 24-year-old opened the scoring within six minutes before putting the ball on the plate. Sully Kaikai to recognize again for visitors.
Sammie Szmodics he opened Blackburn’s account on the day amid Cambridge’s onslaught, however, and the Rovers talisman soon stole Lankester’s thunder by finishing off a dangerous attack just before half-time, with another strike. Arnor Sigurdsson and Harry Leonard sealed a decisive victory.
The dominant team in the FA Cup at the end of the 19th century, Blackburn have six glittering trophies in their cabinet, but their most recent FA Cup crown was won back in the 1927-28 season, and they suffered five in a row. they exited before reaching the quarter-finals last year.
Sheffield United are the finalists for the 2022-23 2023-2023 finals – Wrexham can feel sorry for their hosts when it comes to being beaten by the Blades – but Cambridge’s defeat represents Blackburn’s only win since the final. eight races in total.
Since finishing 4th in the FA Cup, Tomasson has overseen a humbling 4-1 defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion and a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town in the Championship, leaving Rovers in an unsightly 17th place, as well as the bottom seven. eight games have seen the hosts post multiple goals.
Another upset is therefore unlikely if Wrexham expose Blackburn’s defensive weaknesses on Monday night, but the fireworks did not fly in the Red Dragons’ third meeting with Shrewsbury, where the defenders. Thomas O’Connor he was the hero with the only goal of the game in the 72nd minute.
Before being knocked out in the third round, Wrexham reasserted their dominance at Mansfield Town and Yeovil Town earlier and can now look ahead to a fourth successive league title since 2000, despite the addition of Sheffield United. list of victims at this time last year.
The Red Dragons have now tried and failed three times to win a fourth FA Cup since their forgettable quarter-final run in 1996-97, and their performance came in their last League Two match on January 20. ; A complicated affair with the Newport County saw Will Boyle he was sent off and Wrexham went down 1-0.
Because of their beating at Rodney Parade, Phil ParkinsonThe team lost the chance to leapfrog Stockport County at the top of the League Two table as they suffered their fifth defeat in every competition since the start of September, four of which came on the road.
The two teams go into the draw on Monday, with Blackburn and Wrexham never going head-to-head in the FA Cup, and the Red Dragons winning 1-0 in their last league meeting, albeit 41 years ago. .
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On Wednesday, Blackburn announced the signing of the Irish defender Connor O’Riordan on a permanent deal, but the 20-year-old has already played for Crewe Alexandra in this season’s FA Cup so he has a trophy for Rovers’ remaining games this season.
Tomasson does not want to have O’Riordan to make his debut this week, as both of them Hayden Carter and Harry Pickering hamstring injury on Saturday against Huddersfield; the latter will be back in a few weeks, but the former faces months of rehabilitation.
Two defenders join them Ryan Hedges in the recovery room as the 28-year-old rehabilitates his long-term injury, while Sam Barnes and John Buckley are no longer available, but for good reason, Tyrhys Dolan he is now ready for action after a long time on the sidelines.
Wrexham will also be forced into a defensive rejig at Ewood Park, thanks to his red card in the 18th minute of the defeat at Newport for a serious challenge. Shane McLoughlinBoyle is out due to suspension.
Ewan O’Connell he has to fill the reserve position at Wrexham’s back, who could be left-back Jacob Mendy He is also present after his Gambian team exited the Africa Cup of Nations without a single point.
Three injured Steven Fletcher, Andy Cannon and Anthony Forde absent, and now enters the sick room with Shrewsbury match-winner O’Connor, who is nursing a foot.
Blackburn Rovers’ likely starting line-up:
Wahlstedt; Rankin-Costello, Hyam, S. Wharton; Brittain, Garrett, A. Wharton, Sigurdsson, Chrisene; Szmodic, Leonard
Wrexham possible starting point:
Okonkwo; Boyle, O’Connell, Cleworth, Tozer, McClean; Evans, Jones; Lee; Dalby, Mullin
We say: Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Wrexham
Defensive changes at both ends should make for an interesting affair at Ewood Park, especially given Blackburn’s penchant for scoring and conceding, but Rovers’ problems at the back should not prove too costly on Monday.
Wrexham should put up a good fight and should come away with possessions in third place at the same time, but a Blackburn side with a lot of recent mistakes should be too strong for the League Two chasers.
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