Newcastle United vs Blackburn Rovers
English League Championship
Date: Saturday 26th November, 2016
Kick-off: 15:00 UK
Venue: St. James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Newcastle United are looking for a 10th successive win in all competitions for the first time since 1994-95.
Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is available, with no date set for his charge of allegedly using racially abusive language towards Wolves' Romain Saiss.
Blackburn have striker Marvin Emnes available after his hamstring problem.
However, Gordon Greer (leg), Danny Guthrie (knock), Tommie Hoban (shoulder), Adam Henley (hamstring) and Elliott Ward (ankle) are still out.
This is the first second tier meeting between the sides since February 1992.
Rovers have won five of their last six league games at St. James' Park, though lost the most recent encounter in September 2011.
Dwight Gayle has scored the winning goal for his side five times this season, more than anyone else in the Championship.
Blackburn have lost their last three league games on the road, each by a single goal margin.
Newcastle have won eight league games in a row. Only once in their league history have they put together a longer run than that (13 in 1992 under Kevin Keegan).
Danny Graham scored twice last weekend against Brentford, but hasn't scored in any of his previous eight league games against the Toon Army.
Newcastle United vs Blackburn Rovers: Head-to-Head Stats
The old rivals will face each other in the 101th head to head encounter this Saturday at Sat. James’ Park. Blackburn Rovers have taken 42 wins which is better than Newcastle United by three. Interestingly, this will be the first match between the two teams since the 201/12 season when they played the Premier League.
Newcastle United vs Blackburn Rovers: Prediction
The hosts will be heavy favourites to snatch the victory, but the odds given on home win are just too low to be considered. Instead, you can back Newcastle United to win with at least two goals difference, which is paid at 1/1! Dwight Gayle has to be the first option when it comes to scorers, as you can back him at 4/5 to score any-time vs Rovers.
Newcastle United vs Blackburn Rovers: Betting Tips
Newcastle United -1.5 handicap at 1/1 (2.00)
Dwight Gayle to score any-time at 4/5 (1.80).