Newcastle travel to Ewood Park to face Blackburn on Monday afternoon and it’s live on Sky Sports 1. We’ve got three bets for the Championship match.
Newcastle exorcised their demons when beating Nottingham Forest on Friday night. At the start of December, the Toon had travelled to the City Ground and were reduced to 9 men. Forest squandered two penalties, but did eventually get the job done thanks for the Jamal Lascelles own goal. Rafa Benitez’s side gained their revenge on Tyneside with a comfortable 3-1 win thanks to a Dwight Gayle brace. That victory helped them return to the summit, finishing 2016 on top of the Championship table as they search for an instant return to the top flight.
Before losing to Forest, Newcastle also surprisingly lost at home to Blackburn. It was a frustrating afternoon for the hosts as they failed to find way past an unusually obstinate Rovers defence. Charlie Mulgrew delivered a sucker-punch in the second half and Blackburn headed back to the North West with all three points.
On the road, Newcastle have won 6 of the last 7 games and often fare better on their travels. They’ve scored exactly two goals in five of their last six games away from home.
Owen Coyle is under pressure and the Blackburn fans aren’t happy with the former Burnley boss. He recently said ‘We’re all hurting’ following a defeat at Oakwell, but the fans want to see Rovers be harder to beat. They aren’t expecting a play-off push, but they are a soft touch and sloppy goals are continually conceded by a side who rarely have a settled defence. Injuries and suspensions haven’t helped but conceding 11 goals in 4 Championship matches is simply not good enough.
Their only defeats at Ewood Park in the last 7 games have come against Brighton and Reading, sides who are in the top six.
Blackburn vs Newcastle Betting Predictions
Newcastle tend to score two goals on the road and they have plenty of firepower. They will surely find the Blackburn defence a little easier this time around so my first Blackburn vs Newcastle prediction is for Newcastle to score over 1.5 goals and the best odds are 8/11 with bet365.
They often favour the 2-0 scoreline on the road, but they’ve conceded to both Burton and Nottingham Forest in recent matches and could be vulnerable to a decent Blackburn attack so both teams to score is the best bet for our second Blackburn vs Newcastle betting tip, the best odds are 5/6 with Ladbrokes.
It’s hard to back anybody else in a Newcastle shirt at the moment. Dwight Gayle is looking for his 20th goal of the season and has been netting in recent away games so bet on him to score in this match and complete our Blackburn vs Newcastle betting tips at odds of 5/6 with Paddy Power.
Blackburn vs Newcastle Stats
Blackburn have kept just one clean sheet at home all season
Seven of the last nine Blackburn goals at Ewood Park have been scored by either Danny Graham or Sam Gallagher.
Wes Brown grabbed his first goal for the club in their recent 3-2 defeat here to Reading.
Newcastle have scored in every away game since their opening day defeat to Fulham.
Mo Diame has netted in Newcastle’s last two away matches in the Championship.
Blackburn vs Newcastle Head to Head
Blackburn surprised the Magpies with a 1-0 win on Tyneside at the start of December.
Newcastle won 2-0 here back in 2012 when the sides met in the Premier League. Gabriel Obertan got on the scoresheet.
Blackburn’s last victory here domestically came in 2009.
Blackburn vs Newcastle Betting Odds
Newcastle are strong favourites for this tie and can be backed at around 7/10 with most firms.
Blackburn can be backed at 9/2 whilst the draw is around 3/1.
The away side dominate the goalscoring market with Dwight Gayle, Ayoze Perez, Daryl Murphy and Alexandar Mitrovic all at relatively short odds.
Blackburn vs Newcastle Betting Tips
Newcastle Over 1.5 Team Goals – 8/11 with Bet365: BET NOW.
Dwight Gayle – Anytime Goalscorer – 5/6 with Paddy Power: BET NOW.