Blackburn Rovers came close to causing a shock upset in the third round of the FA Cup at St James’ Park earlier this month, however they were denied a famous victory on Tyneside when the Magpies were awarded a penalty with six minutes left on the clock, Matt Ritchie managing to keep his cool and slot home to ensure a replay at Ewood Park. Rafael Benitez’s men will be desperate to ensure that this match is a little less dramatic although it’s not easy in having much faith in Newcastle United right now given their less-than-impressive recent form. The Magpies lost 2-1 at Chelsea on Saturday afternoon and this extended their winless run to six games across all competitions with three defeats during this time. Indeed the Magpies have won just once in ten outings and this is far from ideal form ahead of what promises to be a potential banana-skin for the Premier League side, the bookmakers giving away free bets on Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United.
In fairness, Blackburn Rivers aren’t exactly enjoying a high level of consistency this season but they are more than holding their own in the Championship following their promotion from League One at the end of 2017/18. Rovers sit 14th in the league table with just six points separating them from the play-off places and they head into this FA Cup replay having won 2-0 at Millwall on Saturday afternoon. Indeed Blackburn have been particularly solid in front of their home fans and given that they have absolutely nothing to lose here, we expect them to give a good account of themselves on Tuesday evening and as such we’ll be backing them to give us the surprise of the round, William Hill Bookmakers going 29/20 on Blackburn Rovers to win.