Blackburn v Newcastle Betting Preview

The Magpies are in reasonable form having lost only one of their last six league fixtures.

After last Saturday's astonishing comeback against Arsenal, Newcastle will travel to Ewood Park in high spirits to face a Blackburn side in poor form.

The two sides go into this one separated only by goal difference and a victory for either side would go a long way to quelling any lingering relegation doubts.

Blackburn have no fresh injury concerns coming into this match but Gael Givet could return after failing a fitness test at Wigan.

A lot was made of Andy Carroll's departure from St. James but it should be noted that he would not have been fit for this or many of their upcoming fixtures, so the real loss is the injury to Shola Ameobi, which is likely to keep him out for six weeks. Leon Best is likely to be fit after pulling out of international duty midweek and new signing Shefki Kuqi - yes really - could make his debut.

Would Kean take a win? E-wood you know!

Blackburn are on a poor run of form having lost their last three fixtures but Steve Kean will be hoping their reasonable record at Ewood Park will continue on Saturday and help his side spark into life.

They have lost only two of their last six at home and have picked up six of their nine victories this season on home soil.

Newcastle have won only one of their previous six on their travels and have suffered four defeats in the same sequence.

However, in more general terms, The Magpies are in reasonable form having lost only one of their last six league fixtures.

Alan Pardew will surely be commanding his players to run at Blackburn from wide positions after Wigan tore Blackburn apart down the flanks last week. Despite having Christopher Samba, Rovers have also looked vulnerable to the long ball in recent weeks, which will worry Kean as Best and Kevin Nolan are both impressive in the air.

Newcastle were all at sea in the first half against Arsenal and have struggled recently with pace in behind their back line. Jason Roberts will be looking to take advantage of that here.

Back the away side to compile the misery on Steve Kean at betting odds of 12/5.

The 'Best' of a bad bunch

With the loss of both Carroll and Ameobi, Leon Best will be Newcastle's main man for the foreseeable future and a lot of pressure will rest on his shoulders despite only bagging four league goals all season. Pardew will be desperate for Kevin Nolan to continue his impressive goal scoring form as the substitutes would hardly strike fear into a pub team. Kuqi is a bizarre piece of business, Nile Ranger is definitely not ready and has Peter Lovenkrands ever been good?

Newcastle do play some reasonable stuff but they are a direct side and will once again be reliant upon the set-pieces of Joey Barton that have caused pleanty of teams problems already this season. Jonas Gutierrez will be instructed to run at Michel Salgado after his dire performance last week.

Blackburn have struggled with goals all season and their top league scorers both only have four apiece. Rovers also tend to profit from good deliveries into the area from set-pieces, which Christopher Samba can threaten from.

Despite both sides scoring four last week this game is unlikely to have a huge amount of goals and under 2.5 goals at betting odds of 10/11 reflect this.

In a match that is unlikely to be oozing in quality this is likely to be game high in endeavour with both sides searching for those last few precious points that would ensure their Premier League status for another season.

Written By:- Louise Clarke (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 10/02/2011 - 17:53 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Betting News, Brighton, Newcastle

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