Blackburn v Newcastle United

Wednesday 1 February 2012 8pm 

This match has echoes of our away trip to the Reebok when Bolton had a home record of seven defeats from eight matches.

In Blackburn’s case you are looking at eight defeats from eleven games. This must be a match that Newcastle think they can win and must go all out to do so, even with key players such as Ba, Cisse and Tiote missing, though Coloccini is expected to return.

Blackburn will definitely be missing the suspended Yakubu who currently is out on his own as top scorer in the league with 12 goals, the next player on a measly 3….does it remind you of any other club?

In addition, the other main asset at Blackburn, Christopher Samba, is at odd with his club and has even been left out recently as he agitates for a move. Whether he succeeds or not in getting out of Ewood Park before tonight’s deadline we are yet to find out, though even if he ends up staying it doesn’t s make for a great team spirit. On balance though quite happy to see him missing whatever the circumstances!

So we could face a similar line-up as the FA Cup match at St.James’ Park when both players were also missing.

That day was a pretty dismal match and if Newcastle could get early possession they could go on to dominate the match and hopefully on this occasion take advantage of first half control and add the relevant goals to it, unlike at Fulham and Brighton.

With Ba and Cisse not expected back until Thursday, Alan Pardew will once again only have the same limited options though I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the odd change to produce some goals against a team who on average concede two per game at home.

Yohan Cabaye (quite rightly) is challenging his violent conduct charge and we fancy him to hopefully have a point to prove after a Brighton match where he let himself be rattled and take his eye off the ball.

So our first tip is Cabaye to score the first goal at 14-1 with BET365 and obviously Ewood Park was the venue for that Carling Cup thunderbolt from the Frenchman earlier in the season. Our second betting tip being Newcastle to win to nil which pays 15-4, without Yakubu our defence will only have itself to blame if it creaks against this very poor Blackburn side.

Finally, this week’s guest tipster is Chris Waddle who tips Newcastle to score a Pelanty (if you haven’t heard Waddle commentating it is the most bizarre and funny thing you’ll hear)  at any time at 7-1 with BET365.