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Blackburn v Newcastle FA Cup replay set for Live TV

3 months ago
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It is Blackburn v Newcastle in an FA Cup reply in a week and a half’s time.

The match is provisionally set to take place on Tuesday 15 January, the midweek before Newcastle United meet Cardiff at home on Saturday 19 January, in a crucial Premier League relegation clash.

Bradley Dack gave the visitors a one goal lead in the 56th minute and it looked as though Newcastle were set to bow out at the first attempt yet again, only for an 84th minute penalty to rescue a draw for the home side. Matt Ritchie converting the spot-kick after Ayoze Perez went down in the penalty area.

Having had a look around elsewhere in the FA Cup results and games still to play in the third round, it looks all but guaranteed that Blackburn v Newcastle will be chosen for Live TV coverage as one of the selected replays.

So far 23 FA Cup third round games have been played, Tottenham winning 7-0 at Tranmere on Friday night, then another 22 games played on Saturday.

These are the third round replays so far:

Luton v Sheff Wed

Stoke v Shrewsbury

Southampton v Derby

Blackburn v Newcastle

With the NUFC replay the only one so far with lower league opposition at home to Premier League, it looks like the number one choice so far, with Southampton v Derby looking next best. As has been well documented, showing Newcastle United gets bigger TV audiences than most, so yet another reason why the game would be chosen.

BT Sport and the BBC are sharing the Live TV games for the UK broadcasting, so with a number of replays set to be sown live, it is very difficult to see Blackburn v Newcastle being ignored.

The nine matches still to be played are:

Sunday

Fulham v Oldham (2pm)

Man City v Rotherham (2pm)

Millwall v Hull (2pm)

Preston v Doncaster (2pm)

QPR v Leeds (2pm)

Sheff Utd v Barnet (2pm)

Woking v Watford (2pm)

Newport v Leicester (4.30pm)

Monday

Wolves v Liverpool (7.45pm)

Of that lot, no doubt Rotherham v Man City would be shown but surely that will be nothing but a convincing home win today.

As for the others, only Liverpool v Wolves would be guaranteed to be shown ahead of Newcastle if those two draw on Monday night, so with a number of slots to be filled, Mike Ashley is set to pick up a cash bonus from TV.

Newcastle and Blackburn received £50,000 extra each after Saturday’s game was chosen for overseas TV, whilst those selected for UK broadcast saw clubs receive £150,000 each.

So presumably those figures stand for replays as well, with Blackburn and Newcastle/Ashley set to bank another £150,000 each (on top of their share of gate receipts and cash for progressing another round) from Live TV.

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