Blackburn vs Newcastle
English FA Cup
Date: Tuesday, 15 January 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Ewood Park (Blackburn).
Newcastle United fell into bottom three in the Premier League ladder after yet another defeat on Saturday when they got outplayed by Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. Mike Ashley’s controversial 12-year ownership of the Magpies could see the team struggling badly to save the elite class status this season.
Given Newcastle are about to lock horns with the likes of Cardiff City in a super-important relegation six-pointer next weekend at St. James’ Park, we have to question their ambitions in this FA Cup’s third round replay on Tuesday against a Championship side Blackburn Rovers away at Ewood Park.
The Magpies were eliminated in the third round of the competition as many as 7 times in last 12 years. Matt Ritchie’s late penalty equalizer in the first leg against Blackburn only made team’s schedule more congested.
We clearly expect the head coach Rafael Benitez to make a number of changes to his starting line-up here as the Spaniard wants to keep his key figures fresh for the much more important league tie with the Bluebirds on Saturday.
Blackburn vs Newcastle: Head-to-head
Teams shared spoils in a 1-1 draw in the first leg played at the start of the year at St. James’ Park.
Bradley Dack gave Blackburn lead 11 minutes into the second half, while Matt Ritchie earned Newcastle a replay with an 84th-minute leveller from the spot.
None of last four head to head games between these two sides offered three or more goals scored.
Blackburn have a much better record in matches against Newcastle at Ewood Patk where they saw off the Magpies on 29 occasions and lost only 10 times.
Blackburn vs Newcastle: Prediction
The hosts come into the game in much higher spirits following a 0-2 victory over Millwall on Saturday at The Den. A pair of late goals from Joseph Nuttall and Adam Armstrong secured the second consecutive league win for the Riversiders.
Blackburn are a healthy 14 points clear off the red zone in the second class and Tony Mowbray has much more reasons to try and make a deep run in the FA Cup claiming a Premier League scalp here on Tuesday.
Blackburn to qualify is paid at the 1.75 odds, while braver tipsters can go for the clear home win at the 2.55 odds.
Blackburn vs Newcastle: Bet Tips
Blackburn to qualify @ 1.75 (3/4)
Blackburn to win @ 2.55 (31/20).