Exclusive - David James: Blackburn can cause upset against Man City

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Former Manchester City goalkeeper David James says he wouldn't be surprised if Blackburn Rovers sprung a surprise against his former club in the FA Cup 3rd Round this weekend.

Blackburn fans will be hoping there won't be a repeat of the last fixture between these two sides at Ewood Park back in 2011, which saw Manchester City put four past then goalkeeper Paul Robinson, setting the Lancashire club on their way to relegation.

Having been drawn at home against the Citizens in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, many neutrals and Rovers fans are pessimistic ahead of the fixture, with few believing the Championship side can cause an upset.

However James is more optimistic about the prospect of an upset, and believes that the underdog status could help Blackburn nick a win.

"Of course Blackburn have a chance," he told GiveMeSport. "Because it's the only opportunity Man City have to play Championship sides, lower league sides, so it's the only opportunity for an upset.

"I think with everybody expecting Manchester City to stroll the game,but there is that potential that they don't approach it quite right.

"Blackburn will be up for it and there's a chance for a major upset."

The retired goalkeeper won the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008, and now at 43-years-old, will be part of the BT Sport team at Ewood Park this weekend.

With Man City unbeaten in 12 matches however, the odds are stacked heavily against Gary Bowyer and his Blackburn side, who are currently fighting to break into the promotion places in the Championship.

Striker Jordan Rhodes' current form will give the fans some hope, with the Scot having scored 16 league goals in the league this season.

James believes that Blackburn will have opportunities to take advantage in the match, and then it will then be down to the experience of captain Scott Dann at the back to maintain their defensive shape and keep Man City's renowned firepower at bay.

"Blackburn will get an opportunity, be it an opportunity to get a shot in or an opportunity to create a shot from set-play or an exceptional bit of play at any given moment.

"If Blackburn get a chance to get their noses in front, then we'll see how good they defend afterwards."

Manuel Pellegrini will also be looking ahead to his next couple of fixtures, which sees his side play the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final fixture against West Ham, before travelling to in-form Newcastle the following weekend.

This weekend's fixture could see a number of regular first team players rested, giving the Blackburn fans yet more hope of seeing their side cause an upset on Saturday.

The following fixtures will be shown live on BT Sport this weekend:

Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City – Saturday 4th January, 12pm, BT Sport 1

Derby County v Chelsea – Sunday 5th January, 1.30pm, BT Sport 1

Manchester Utd v Swansea City – Sunday 5th January, 4.15pm, BT Sport 1

BT Sport will be showing up to 25 live games including the final from this season's FA Cup with Budweiser. BT Sport is free with BT broadband, to find out more visit

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