Newcastle United vs Blackburn
England- FA Cup
Date: Saturday, 5th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: St. James Park (Newcastle).
Blackburn Rovers will travel to Newcastle to meet the hosts for the first FA Cup game this season.
The Magpies will be disappointed with their recent performance against Manchester United in the Premier League. After restricting the Red Devils to a draw in the first half, some silly defensive errors led to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford in the second.
Following that match Rafael Benitez will have his team restructured for this upcoming FA Cup game against Blackburn Rovers. The latter are far weaker opposition compared to the competition his men have faced in the top tier of English club football.
Benitez’s side are on a 4 match winless streak in the league that includes 2 defeats. Both these losses came against giants of the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool. Their inability to score a goal in 3 of their last 5 matches was the main reason for this condition.
In front of their home crowd also they can’t make anything work at the moment. With 3 losses in the last 5 home fixtures they look at a bottom finish in the League.
After getting promoted into the Championship this season, the Blue and Whites are looking at a mid-table finish if they continue their present form. With the league season almost at the last phase, a top-10 finish is almost impossible for them.
FA Cup performance will be key for manager Tony Mowbray. After breaking a 3 match losing streak with a win over West Brom in the last match, he would want his players to carry that momentum into the match against the Premier League side. More than 2.5 goals were scored in total in 4 of their last 5 matches in the Championship.
The Away form will not help them as of now. They are without a win on the road for 7 matches in a row, of which 5 were defeats. So we may witness a one-sided affair on Saturday if nothing extraordinary happens.
Newcastle United vs Blackburn: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Both teams have 2 wins each in the last 5 h2h matches across all venues.
- Blackburn has a 2 match win streak against the team from Newcastle upon Tyne.
- Last 3 h2h clashed between these two saw a final score with less than 2.5 goals.
- Rovers have 3 wins and 2 defeats at this venue from the last 5 h2h games.
- In 4 of those 5 matches the score was more than 2.5 goals in total.
- The common score in those games was 2-1 which happened on 3 occasions.
Newcastle United vs Blackburn: Prediction
The Rovers have a clear advantage as far as recent h2h form is considered. But things have changed since that last match between them back in 2017. The poor away form will cost the visitors big time. So depending on that and the current squad strength of the hosts, i prefer to bet on Newcastle to win with 1.65 odd.
From the h2h matches we can see that both teams have found the net in multiple occasions. Even though they lost most matches on the road, the travelling side never failed to score in 9 of their last 10 away fixtures. I hope that the Magpies will improve their attack against the weak defense of the visitors. Thus a bet can be placed on both teams to score with 1.75 odd.
Newcastle United vs Blackburn: Betting Tips
Newcastle to win @ 1.65 (7/11).
Both teams to score @ 1.75 (3/4).