PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Manchester City v Blackburn – all the action from the Etihad Stadium as it happens
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Manchester City host Blackburn at the Etihad Stadium to conclude Saturday's action. The league leaders will hope to extend their winning run to 13 wins from as many home games but face a test against a Rovers side that have already won at rivals Manchester United this season. Email me your thoughts on the action at email@example.com or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Manchester City 1-0 Blackburn (5.30pm)
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Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany,
Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong, Toure Yaya, Silva, Aguero, Johnson,
Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Milner, Pizarro, Dzeko, Nasri,
Goals; Balotelli 30.
Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann,
Hanley, Martin Olsson, Pedersen, Petrovic, Hoilett, Formica, Marcus
Subs: Bunn, Modeste, Nzonzi, Rochina, Goodwillie,
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
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40min: I feel sorry for Yakubu. He is a very isolated figure up front and not even getting scraps to feed off. Blackburn are under that much pressure.
38min: Very nearly 2-0.. Vincent Kompany's flick on from a corner is parried away by Robinson, but only into the radar of Yaya Toure.
The ball is slightly behind the midfielder, but his volley from four yards out should really be hitting the back of the net rather than sailing wide.
35min: But it's still all City as David Silva again forces Robinson to block from close range.
33min: Blackburn respond by going straight up the other end, which ends with them being denied a decent shout for a penalty by referee Mike Jones.
Replays show though that the referee calls it right as Nigel de Jong just wins the ball before bringing down Pedersen.
30min: GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 Blackburn
And my word it's been coming. City attack down the left and Aleksandar Kolarov's cross to the near post is expertly flicked into the far corner by Mario Balotelli.
The striker celebrates by lifting his shirt and revealing a message that says 'Raffaella Ti Amo' (Raffaella I love you.)
28min: BREAKING NEWS: Darren Bent has been ruled out of the England squad, after he was carried off on a stretcher in Aston Villa's 0-0 draw at Wigan today.
27min: Rovers finally get a rest, but only because Radosav Petrovic is down receiving treatment on the pitch. He seems to be complaining about his shoulder, but it looks like he should be able to continue though.
26min: Balotelli powerfully strikes it, but again Robinson parries clear. He is going to need a new pair of gloves at half-time.
25min: It's all one-way traffic as now City win a free-kick to the left 25 yards out.
24min: Johnson gets the best out of Robinson with a snap shot inside the box, but despite the keeper's unconvincing parry, Zabaleta cannot follow up from an acute angle.
23min: Hanley is treading on a thin line now, after clattering Balotelli with a reckless tackle. He is booked for his troubles, no surprises that he doesn't complain.
22min: Pablo Zabaleta dinks in a cross, but despite the presence of three Blackburn defenders, it's Balotelli that goes closest to heading home. The Italian is just a couple of inches too short though as the ball sails away to safety.
20min: As another City attack ends, there is a few groans from the home crowd. They are going to have to be a patient bunch today, Rovers remain camped inside their own half.
17min: Blackburn have dropped deeper now and are frustrating the hosts who have had 81 per cent of the ball.
14min: City are starting to apply some pressure though, they win a corner but Rovers again clear their lines.
11min: Credit to Blackburn, they have settled into this game. That Balotelli chance aside, Robinson hasn't been troubled.
8min: It's been a bright opening to this game, City naturally are just shading it but Rovers are not content with just parking the bus. There is goals here.
5min: Blackburn threaten with a free-kick, but Grant Hanley's shot from inside the box is blocked by Joleon Lescott for a corner.
2min: But nearly not much longer. A fine one-touch move ends with Adam Johnson cutting back to Mario Balotelli.
The Italian hits it low first time, but Paul Robinson dives down low to his near-post bottom corner to superbly punch away. Top quality save.
1min: Well Blackburn have held out longer than Porto anyway. The Portuguese giants of course conceded here after just 19 seconds on Wednesday.
Under pressure: Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen (right) challenges City's Sergio Aguero
Kick-off: The hosts get us going.
17.27: Out come the teams then to a warm reception from the home fans.
17.24: Blackburn started the day outside the bottom three, but results have gone against them so far and they now occupy a relegation place. They only need a point to again climb out though.
17.21: City have a chance to go five points clear at the top with a win today. Despite Blackburn's heroics at Manchester United two months ago I just can't see Rovers troubling the hosts.
Steve Kean and his team have surprised me more than once this season though.
17.18: Mario Balotelli makes his first Barclays Premier League appearance in a month as he returns to the Manchester City starting line-up today.
The Italian, who has served a four-match domestic ban, comes in along with Adam Johnson in a reshaped attack to face Blackburn at the Etihad Stadium.
Samir Nasri and the injured Gareth Barry make way while the leaders' full-backs are again rotated with Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov replacing Micah Richards and Gael Clichy.
Struggling Blackburn hand a debut to new signing Marcus Olsson, who joins brother Martin in the team, and Radosav Petrovic is included in central midfield.
17.15: Oh my word, the Olsson twins are starting for Blackburn. There is just no telling between the two! I'm in for a long evening.
17.13: Full line-ups from the Etihad Stadium:
Man City v Blackburn
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong, Toure Yaya, Silva, Aguero, Johnson, Balotelli. Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Milner, Pizarro, Dzeko, Nasri, Clichy.
Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Hanley, Martin Olsson, Pedersen, Petrovic, Hoilett, Formica, Marcus Olsson, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Modeste, Nzonzi, Rochina, Goodwillie, Vukcevic, Henley.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
17.10: According to Roberto Mancini, this is the first of many Champions League finals this season.
Looking at the Etihad Stadium I see no UEFA hallmarks around the ground and no 'Big Ears' trophy so I won't hold my breath on hearing that famous musical anthem before kick-off.
Mancini's false advertisement aside though, this is a Premier League encounter and it's rarely dull when either the league leaders or the Blackburn circus is in town. Team news coming up.
Point in the right direction: Yaya Toure returns to Premier League action for Manchester City