Blackburn Rovers v West Ham team news & stats

Date published: Friday 19th February 2016 3:48

Manuel Lanzini: Could return for West Ham at Blackburn

West Ham are unbeaten in 11 games against Blackburn Rovers going into Sunday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at Ewood Park.

Team news

Blackburn could hand a debut to on-loan Swansea City midfielder Matt Grimes after he was an unused substitute in the midweek win over Fulham, while Hope Akpan could return after illness.

West Ham, meanwhile, are without Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia, who have adductor and ankle problems respectively, plus Sam Byram, who is cup-tied after already appearing in the FA Cup for Leeds United.

Manuel Lanzini could feature, however, after six weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

Kick-off at Ewood Park on Sunday is at 2pm.

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West Ham won their last FA Cup meeting with Blackburn Rovers 4-2 in the fourth round en route to the final in 2006.

Overall, they’ve met 10 times in the competition (including replays), Blackburn winning three to West Ham’s two (5 draws). West Ham progressed via penalties from one of those draws.

West Ham are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions against Blackburn, with six wins followed most recently by five consecutive draws in a row.

The Hammers have won 12 of their last 14 FA Cup games against lower league opposition, losing the other two.

However, Rovers have eliminated Premier League opposition at this stage in two of the last three seasons, though they fell at the quarter-final stage on both occasions.

Michail Antonio scored twice in his last appearance against Blackburn Rovers, in a 3-3 draw with Nottingham Forest in the Championship last season.

West Ham have won just one of their last nine away games in all competitions, drawing four and losing four.

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