The home tie, which was postponed last weekend due to a waterlogged pitch, has subsequently been switched from the Anchor Ground to Curzon Ashton FC (kick-off 2pm).
Rovers head into the fixture full of confidence from recent results and interim manager Gemma Donnelly hopes her young side can continue to go from strength to strength.
“It will be a tough game for us, given that Middlesbrough are riding high in their own division,” she said. “Like us, they are nurturing their youth, in order to develop future talent.
“We have been quite fortunate to have a number of sporadic matches during the month of January, but what has helped us is playing an unorthodox fixture against Leeds on Tuesday night, played at a good tempo, realistic to this weekend’s encounter.
“The friendly gave me an opportunity to put the chosen starting XI out for Sunday’s game and to sample a few other changes, all of which worked favourably. And along with some positive training sessions, we’re hopeful we can get the right result and progress into the fourth round of the competition, where we would meet either Millwall or Reading away.
“At one stage on Tuesday, we fielded seven Under-18s, which demonstrates the quality our Centre of Excellence is producing, as well as the opportunity Blackburn Rovers are providing these players to compete at the highest level in a winter league.
“With the change of venue on Sunday, moving onto a 3G, it suits our style of play – a fast tempo game. We are looking forward to the match and invite everyone to come and support us.”
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