Slaven Bilic has been an extremely popular man in East London so far this season and the ex-Besiktas boss could improve his reputation yet further if he is able to take West Ham on to the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup.
Blackburn have fallen into the abyss of the Football League and it is unlikely they will be facing sides of West Ham’s quality in league football any time soon, so the opportunity to push on for the next round of the Cup could present a glimmer of optimism at Ewood Park, amidst poor management at board level and fan disappointment.
Dimitri Payet has been one of the most joyous signings in Europe this season and the Frenchman could be about to rip Rovers apart. West Ham are still hoping for a chance of making it into the European qualification spots, but nothing would make their season like a trip to Wembley.
Here are your XIs for today’s early kick-off..
ROVERS: Steele, Marshall, Duffy, Ward (c), Henley, Bennett, Lenihan, Akpan, Conway, Taylor, Brown
— Blackburn Rovers (@OneRovers) February 21, 2016
— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) February 21, 2016