Manchester City v Blackburn Rovers – The Game In Tweets
Last night, Manchester City cruised to a 5-0 win over Blackburn Rovers in their FA Cup Third Round Replay, and Betting Instinct editor Tom Victor was following the game on Twitter. Here’s how it all panned out (all timestamps are Pacific Time):
Before kick-off, the omens weren’t great for the visitors
Manchester City blogger Rob Pollard, aka Typical City, was on hand with the team-sheets. The big story for the hosts was the return to the bench of joint-top goalscorer Sergio Agüero after a month on the sidelines. His tally of 19 goals in 20 appearances before last night put him level with Álvaro Negredo.
For Blackburn, DJ Campbell returned to the starting line-up. The striker had been a substitute in the original 1-1 draw at Ewood Park, however French forward Rudy Gestede made way for the Englishman at the Etihad Stadium.
The crowd of 35,000 had taken their seats before kickoff to watch the teams come out – a higher turnout than for the first leg of City’s League Cup semi-final against West Ham United last week.
Blackburn fans were cautiously optimistic in the game’s early stages, well aware of City’s formidable home record this season.
However Betting Instinct blogger Liam McConville had a rather different outlook
Scottish international Jordan Rhodes is Blackburn’s top scorer this season with 16 goals, but he was yet again omitted from the starting line-up amid suggestions that the club was keen to avoid him being cup-tied. Manager Gary Bowyer admitted Rhodes could be sold “for the right price”, but with no member of the matchday squad scoring more than twice this season it was always going to be a tough ask for the Championship side to shock their opponents.
Our very own Brad Pinard took to Twitter to express his disappointment
After a slow start, with City striker Edin Džeko misfiring in front of goal on numerous occasions, the hosts finally made the breakthrough in first-half stoppage-time through Negredo.
City had been odds-on to win before the game, but at the break they came right in to 1.04 with Intertops.eu. Before the start of the second half, you could have got odds of 50.0 on Blackburn turning things around before the end of the 90.
Things got worse for Bowyer’s side with the withdrawal of goalkeeper Paul Robinson through injury, and his replacement Simon Eastwood was powerless to stop Negredo making it 2-0 shortly after the restart. The Spaniard’s double brought out a humble admission from more than a few observers.
Džeko – who was responsible for seven of City’s 16 shots according to WhoScored.com – added a third shortly after, while Agüero made it four within a minute of coming on for Negredo. The fourth goal prompted manager Manuel Pellegrini to introduce youngster Emyr Huws for his City debut, and prompted some attempted wordplay from Betting Instinct’s Kieran Dodds.
After Džeko completed the scoring, it was time for viewers to question some of the commentary on ITV.
But no one was criticising Blackburn, who had put in a strong first-half performance. Few could argue against the result flattering the home side, and there was nothing but praise for the visitors from their fans after the game.
So City move on to the fourth round where they will face Watford, but not before their weekend Premier League tie against Cardiff. GR88.com has Pellegrini’s side as 1.13 favourites to keep up their 100% record at the Etihad, with Cardiff 22.00 outsiders and the draw at 9.40. It’s certainly tough to look past another home win on Saturday.
TOM VICTOR (editor) is the editor and co-founder of Betting Instinct. He has written for a variety of sports sites in the past, including JustFootball, Footy Matters and BeNeFoot.