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Pellegrini sends out strong side for FA Cup

ESPN staff
January 4, 2014

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has picked a strong starting XI for his side's FA Cup third round clash with Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Despite his City future recently coming into question, Joleon Lescott starts in Lancashire while David Silva, James Milner, Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko all get the nod.

For the home side, Paul Robinson makes his first start in goal for Rovers in more than a year, but Jordan Rhodes has to settle for a place on the bench.

Blackburn: Robinson, Henley, Dann, Hanley, Spurr, Williamson, Lowe, Taylor, Cairney, Marshall, Gestede

Substitutes: Eastwood, Kilgallon, King, Campbell, Rhodes, Rochina, Judge

Manchester City: Pantilimon, Boyata, Lescott, Nastasic, Clichy, Milner, Fernandinho, Garcia, Silva, Negredo, Dzeko

Substitutes: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Kolarov, Yaya, Navas, Lopes

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