Newcastle v Blackburn predicted line-ups and match preview

Blackburn travel to St James' Park on Saturday as they look to stop the rampant Newcastle.

To be played on Saturday 26th November 2016 at 15:00. Venue: St. James' Park, Newcastle

Odds: Newcastle 3/10, Draw 4/1, Blackburn 9/1

Newcastle United Manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez

Blackburn face the toughest test of their season as they travel to play against the league leaders, Newcastle United on Saturday. 

The Magpies go into the game on the back of a winning run that has seen them conquer all before them and shoot up to top of the Championship. As it stands, they are five points clear Brighton in second, and nine clear of third placed Reading.

Blackburn on the other hand are languishing near to the bottom of the table as they have managed just 16 points from 17 games, a tally that sees them currently sit in 22nd. Incredibly, they are already 24 points behind the league leaders.

The match does see two of the Championship's top strikers go head to head though, with the league's top scorer Dwight Gayle in a shoot out with Blackburn's Sam Gallagher. While Gayle does have the edge in terms of his goals scored and overall ability, Gallagher will cause the Magpies problems if he is given good service.

Blackburn Rovers manager Owen CoyleBlackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle

Injury wise, Rolando Aaron is the only major absentee after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in training, meaning he is likely to miss the rest of the season. Jonjo Shelvey is also available to play as no date has been set for his disciplinary trial after he was accused of racially abusing a Wolves player back in September.

Newcastle's Jonjo ShelveyNewcastle's Jonjo Shelvey

For Blackburn, Gordon Greer (leg), Danny Guthrie (knock), Tommie Hoban (shoulder), Adam Henley (hamstring) and Elliot Ward (ankle) are still out, while Owen Coyle does have some positive news in the form of a return from injury for Marvin Emnes, who was forced to sit out their game against Brentford.

Marvin Emnes of Blackburn Rovers and Damien Perquis of Nottingham Forest in actionMarvin Emnes of Blackburn Rovers and Damien Perquis of Nottingham Forest in action

With these injuries in mind, this is how we expect the two teams to line up:

Newcastle predicted lineup

  • Karl Darlow
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Paul Dummett
  • Jamaal Lascelles
  • Vurnon Anita
  • Jack Colback
  • Yoan Gouffran
  • Matt Ritchie
  • Jonjo Shelvey
  • Ayoze Pérez
  • Dwight Gayle

Blackburn predicted lineup

  • Jason Steele
  • Charlie Mulgrew
  • Derrick Williams
  • Craig Conway
  • Corry Evans
  • Liam Feeney
  • Darragh Lenihan
  • Jason Lowe
  • Ben Marshall
  • Danny Graham
  • Sam Gallagher
 

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