(Sporting Alert) — Manchester City named a very strong side for today’s FA Cup third round clash against Blackburn at Ewood Park.
While, goalkeeper Joe Hart, defenders Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov and midfielder Jesus Navas and Yaya Toure have all been rested, Manuel Pellegrini still field a top starting XI, what includes David Silva and Alvaro Negredo.
Silva returns from suspension to lead the midfield, while Negredo plays alongside Edin Dzeko in the attack.
Joleon Lescott and Matija Nastasic start at centerback, while James Milner, Fernandinho and Javi Garcia start in midfield.
Costel Pantilimon returns to start in goal as Hart, as expected is named to the bench.
For Blackburn, goalkeeper Paul Robinson, makes his first start for over a year after recovering from surgery for a blood clot on his lung in April.
Manchester City start as the overwhelming favourites at 30/100, and Blackburn as been backed at 17/2.
Blackburn v Manchester City
Blackburn: Robinson, Henley, Dann, Grant Hanley, Spurr, Cairney, Lowe, Taylor, Williamson, Marshall, Gestede
Subs: Kilgallon, King, Campbell, Rhodes, Eastwood, Rochina, Judge
Manchester City: Pantilimon, Boyata, Lescott, Nastasic, Clichy, Milner, Fernandinho, Javi Garcia, Silva, Negredo, Dzeko
Subs: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Toure, Lopes
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)