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Blackburn vs Newcastle Predictions

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  • Ewood Park
Blackburn Rovers
    Blackburn
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      Tip Reasoning

      While the weekend brought more Mike Ashley drama on Tyneside, Newcastle United have to refocus ahead of this midweek FA Cup clash. They’re heading for Ewood Park on Tuesday, looking to dump Blackburn out of the competition. The Toon Army continue to be let down by a lack of movement in the transfer market, and that’s left them in the bottom three of the Premier League. They could be about to join Rovers in the Championship next term, but can they boost their form in this trip?

      Blackburn were 2-0 winners in their trip to Millwall at the weekend, leaving them in midtable in the second tier. They’ve done a good job of stabilising in the Championship following last season’s promotion from League One, and they’ve played some good football along the way. The 1-1 draw at St James’ Park was a fine result, one which boosted Tony Mowbray’s side, and helped them turn around some dodgy away form in the league on Saturday. Now they have home advantage, but will that lead to a Premier League scalp?

      Newcastle lost 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, leaving them a point shy of safety in the top flight. Rafa Benitez is struggling to keep their average squad out of danger, while he landed the worst possible result in the cup. That 1-1 draw at home leaves them with this distraction in midweek, days before a crucial encounter with Cardiff at St James’ Park. Those at the top of the club have publically claimed in the past that chasing silverware is detrimental to their survival hopes, so this is hardly a priority days before a relegation six-pointer.

      Meanwhile, Blackburn are pretty confident in their Championship place, with a 14 point lead over the bottom three. They are perfectly set up to take the cup seriously, while they showed their potential by causing problems in the first meeting between these two. There shouldn’t be a massive gap in quality, especially if the visitors are set to rotate within a thin squad.

      Newcastle come here winless in six games, while their last away FA Cup victory was at Cheltenham in 2006. They’ve seen 15 ties pass since then, while they’ve lost eight of their last nine trips in the FA Cup. We see Blackburn as worthy favourites for this tie, especially after losing just once in seven home games. With that in mind, we’re going for the hosts on the Draw No Bet market.

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