Blackburn vs Newcastle tips: Toon to ease home in high-scoring clash

Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United will meet at Ewood Park with a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals up for grabs (1945 GMT).

Miguel Almiron of Newcastle United.
Miguel Almiron of Newcastle United. Picture: AAP Image

Blackburn Rovers edged out Newcastle United to claim second place in the Premier League in the 1993/94 season but fell short of catching title winners Man Utd.

Rovers topped the league just a year later while the Magpies fell to a disappointing sixth-place finish. Both sides have been on quite the journey since.

The hosts recently parted ways with Jon Dahl Tomasson and appointed ex-Brum boss John Eustace, which wasn't greeted with widespread joy.

Rovers are winless in his first four matches and threw away a 2-0 lead against rivals Preston, but they are starting to look a bit more structured at the back.

Newcastle's five-match unbeaten run was shattered at the Emirates Stadium where they lost 4-1 to Arsenal. Eddie Howe's side were never in the contest and will be keen to bounce back.

The Toon have used their FA Cup run, coupled with improving help, to help turn their previously dire form around.

They've breezed past local rivals Sunderland and Fulham in the previous rounds, producing solid 3-0 and 2-0 wins respectively, and they'll expect to match that here.

What sort of game this is depends very much on the hosts. We've seen an expansive, risky brand of football from Rovers this season. It's led to mixed results, but there are usually goals.

They may just be transitioning under Eustace but it makes sense to have a pop at their Premier League opponents on Tuesday.

There have been over 2.5 goals in nine of Newcastle's last 10 and over 3.5 in eight of 10 as Eddie Howe's side continue to struggle to keep the opposition out.

Rovers have scored in 19 of 21 at Ewood Park and conceded in 20 of those games, so both teams to score and goals looks a wise angle.


Team news

Hayden Carter, John Fleck and Joe Rankin-Costello are unavailable due to injury while Harry Leonard is a doubt.

Top scorer Sammie Szmodics has scored 28 goal involvements in 35 appearances and is expected to lead the line for Blackburn.

Nick Pope, Matt Targett, Elliot Anderson, Joelinton and Callum Wilson are ruled out due to injury while Sandro Tonali is suspended.

Third-choice goalkeeper Loris Karius played against Arsenal on Sunday and may remain in the goal with Martin Dubravka a doubt due to illness.


Key stats

- Both teams have scored in 18 of Blackburn's 21 home matches
- There have been over 3.5 goals in eight of Newcastle's last 10 matches
- At least one team has scored three or more in eight of Newcastle's last 10


Suggested bets

Both teams to score

Newcastle to win

Over 3.5 goals

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