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Prediction: Blackburn vs Newcastle

Tom Dunstan in FA Cup, Free Soccer Predictions 14 Jan 2019

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Verdict: Blackburn win

Best Odds: 31/20

Bookmaker: Bet365

After slipping into the relegation zone, Newcastle will travel to Ewood Park for their FA Cup third round replay on Tuesday night.

Blackburn

Starting with Tuesday’s hosts, after putting in a very impressive showing and picking up a 2-0 win away at Millwall on Saturday evening, a result that ended the Lions’ four-match winning run, spirits are high in Blackburn’s camp. Now unbeaten in their last three matches, including taking three points off of playoff hopefuls West Brom, Tony Mowbray will also be boosted by his sides recent form at Ewood Park. Aside from a close fought 1-0 loss to title contenders Norwich last month, the Rovers are unbeaten in their other previous six home matches, a run that stems back to the 3rd of October. With Mowbray firmly believing that Tuesday’s hosts have a real chance of booking their spot in the fourth round, Blackburn will be looking for Bradley Dack to carry on what has been a very impressive campaign for the 25-year-old. Last year’s League One Player of the Year grabbed Rovers’ goal at St. James’ Park last week and already has 13 goals for the season.

Team News

Charlie Mulgrew and Derrick Williams could feature for Blackburn.

The pair trained before the game having missed the weekend win against Millwall in the Championship.

However, midfielder Corry Evans is unlikely to play due to injury.

Newcastle

As for the visitors, coming off the back of a 2-1 loss away at Stamford Bridge last weekend, Newcastle now find themselves sat in the relegation zone in the Premier League and the pressure of Rafa Benitez is really starting to pile on. Now without a win in their last six matches across all competitions and with just one victory in their last 10, the former Liverpool boss will also have growing concerns by his sides form outside of the North West. The Magpies have managed to record just two wins on the road in their last 15 competitive matches, a run that stems back to the start of April. With Benitez confirming that Newcastle are unlikely to bring in any new faces this January, they also hold a worrying record against Blackburn. The hosts are unbeaten in their last three games against Newcastle United in all competitions.

Team News

Mohamed Diame, Paul Dummett and Jonjo Shelvey remain out for Newcastle for the trip to Ewood Park.

Freddie Woodman, Javier Manquillo, Jamie Sterry and Jacob Murphy are among those likely to come in.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Newcastle have won just one of their last 10 matches across all competitions.
  • The Magpies have also recorded just two wins in their last 15 away competitive matches.
  • Blackburn are unbeaten in their last three games against Newcastle United in all competitions (W2 D1).
  • Bradley Dack has recorded 13 goals this season.
  • Newcastle United have been taken to a replay in the third round of the FA Cup for the second time in the last three seasons, progressing past Birmingham in 2016-17.

Conclusion

In a third round that has seen a number of Premier League sides crash out of the FA Cup at the hands of lower league opposition, we’re backing another notable casualty on Tuesday. Given Blackburn’s recent resurge, coupled with Newcastle’s woeful record on the road, we see Tony Mowbray’s side booking their spot in the fourth round.

Verdict: Blackburn win 

Best Odds: 31/20

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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