Date: 21st February 2016 at 8:20am
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Blackburn Rovers are at Ewood Park for a third time in a row with West Ham United next to us in the FA Cup fifth round this afternoon.

I’m a self confessed FA Cup-holic, I’ve always wanted Blackburn to do well in the FA Cup and I’d think I always will. It can add to fixture congestion at times, however, I’m horrified to hear the proposals to abolish replays and possibly set cup ties to midweek’s!! If Rovers had lost to Fulham (to leave us in relegation trouble) I wouldn’t have felt any different about wanting to have this fifth round tie against the Barclays Premier League side and still hope we’ll win to get into the Quarter Finals again!!

Rovers haven’t won any of the last eleven matches against West Ham (the last five have been drawn after six Hammers wins) with us winning as the home side only once in the last four matches. The last FA Cup meeting was won on penalties by West Ham (also in the fifth round) in 1998.

Loan signings Danny Graham and Matt Grimes both have to miss this match as they’re cup tied after playing for parent clubs Sunderland and Swansea City already but Paul Lambert might have Hope Akpan back.

West Ham will be without Andy Carroll (which I’ve already said I think is a good thing) and Enner Valencia with Sam Byram cup tied after playing for Leeds United. Manuel Lanzini is poised to return.

If we’re up for it and can show what we did against Fulham (it’ll help if West Ham aren’t as keen on an extended run as we are, which I’d think Slaven Bilic will) I’ve got a good feeling we’ll be able to do what Reading did against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon.

Blinkered view?? (I’ve been known to do this) but I’m saying it’ll be a 2-1 Rovers win.

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