Tuesday’s FA Cup fourth-round replay between Birmingham and Blackburn Rovers at St. Andrews will determine who advances to the next round. Last weekend, the two teams played to an entertaining 2-2 draw in Blackburn. Reda Khadra gave the Riversiders the lead in the third minute, and Bradley Dack scored Birmingham’s equalizer in the 33rd.
After Joe Rankin-Costello gave the hosts the lead shortly after the restart, Jordan James came to Blackburn’s rescue in the 91st minute to tie the game at 2-2. The match will go into a penalty shootout if the teams draw again. After an awful Championship run that has seen them lose their last five games, Birmingham wants to give their fans something to cheer about.
The team fell to 19th place in the standings as a result. During this stretch, the Blues’ only victory came in the FA Cup, when they defeated Forest Green 2-1 in the third round. After beating Norwich City 1-0 in the cup’s final round, Blackburn is winless in all competitions. They lost 4-0 to Rotherham United and played Bristol City and Birmingham to a draw.
Blackburn has a great record in this match, and they almost won their sixth straight game against Birmingham last weekend. At Ewood Park, the Blues will go all out, but the Riversiders are strong at home and can fight back. It’s likely that the home team will win another close game that could end in penalties.
Prediction: Blackburn Rovers 1-1 (4-3) Birmingham
In the 134 previous meetings between the teams, Blackburn has won 51 times and Birmingham has lost 48 times, with the results being evenly split. This is Blackburn’s first appearance in the fourth round of the FA Cup since the 2016-17 season when they last reached the fifth round.
Ironically, Birmingham’s last victory over Blackburn was in the FA Cup in January 2020 (2-1). After beating the Blues in their subsequent five games, the Riversiders ended their winning streak with a 2-2 draw in the cup last weekend. Since the 2019–20 season, Birmingham has not reached the fifth round of the cup.
Prior to this match, Birmingham City manager John Eustace has a completely injury-free team to choose from, so there are no worries there. Blackburn Rovers manager Jon Dahl Tomasson has no physical issues in his team ahead of this game, which is completely injury-free.
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