Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers Preview

Written by Stephen Hopper

So on Saturday Newcastle United entertain Blackburn Rovers in the EFL at St James park. Coming off the back of a good result on Sunday away to Leeds United, I feel Newcastle simply have too much quality for a Rovers side who came back from two goals down to beat Brentford but who have only won one game on the road so far this season and who are sitting  22nd in the table, in front of a packed out St James Park I feel the occasion will get the better of Rovers.

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle, has recently been quoted as saying ” that he is confident in his strike force to bag the goals which would see Rovers move up the table and avoid relegation from the league.” I feel this may be a big task as Rovers away form alone is a concern, granted we are still relatively early into the season I just don’t feel Rovers can this time around.

Rovers also have Former Celtic front man Anthony Stokes along with Former Sunderland and Swansea striker Danny Graham in their ranks. Hope Akpan looks to be in the squad for the visit to St James park, while former Magpie Danny Guthrie who plays his football at Rovers is in with a chance to face his former club this coming Saturday.


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News on the hosts Newcastle United and in particular Daryl Murphy who has been quietly under the radar played for United’s Under 23 side just recently and he also managed to score for the side under the watchful eye of Manager Rafael Benitez. Also featuring in the same game were Haidara and Lazaar who are building up there match fitness and this is also a welcome boost for the squad who have a number of games over the Christmas period and further more Newcastle are pleased to welcome back to training Rob Elliot and Jesus Gamez further strengthening the squad.

Jonjo Shelvey is likely to start the game as the club are still awaiting to hear from the FA on the charge. Which has been well publicised, regarding this issue I am lead to believe there are contrasting stories coming from the Wolves camp on the matter. Shelvey, Ritchie, Colback and Paul Dummett are all walking the disciplinary tightrope with them all being on 4 yellow cards and should any of the above players pick up a yellow card then they would miss Tuesdays visit to Hull City in the cup.

Newcastle fans, will you be victorious on Saturday? Or will complacency cost your side? Let us know in the comments below! 

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