Our football match prediction:
Newcastle United will be looking to build on a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest when they square off against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. The Magpies managed to regain top position in the Championship standings and they are on the right track to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League. Rafa Benitez is doing a great job with the St. James’ Park outfit and his men are regarded as hot favourites to win Monday’s football game against Blackburn Rovers. The Riversiders, on the other hand, suffered four defeats in last five league fixtures and they are on a six-game winless run in the league. The relegation-threatened side have been struggling at the back of late and they are unlikely to upset the league leaders at their Ewood Park. Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey remains on the sidelines through suspension, but coach Rafa Benitez has a number of high-profile players to choose from and we predict that the visitors will pick up all three points from Monday’s encounter.
Highlighted Player (Jason Lowe):
Jason Lowe is a Blackburn Rovers midfielder, who was born on 2 September, 1991 in Wigan, Greater Manchester. Lowe plays as a defensive midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a central midfielder and a right back as well. The Blackburn footballer made his senior debut on 28 March 2011 during his loan spell with Oldham Athletic. He scored his first ever goal against Notts County six days later. Lowe returned to Blackburn Rovers at the end of the 2010/2011 season and he made his first appearance for the Rovers on 24 August 2011 in a victory over Sheffield Wednesday (League Cup). Speaking of his international career, Lowe made England U-19 training camp and he was selected for his national team for the European Under-19 Football Championship finals in July 2010 (Ukraine). However, he eventually withdrew from the squad through injury. On 10 October, 2011 Lowe made his England U-21 debut in a 2-1 victory over Norway U-21. The two teams faced each other in the Euro 2013 qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (Newcastle United):
Newcastle United failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, as a result, they dropped to the English second tier. The Magpies will host their rivals at their St. James’ Park in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign and it has to be noted that the capacity of the stadium is 52,354. Newcastle United have won four domestic trophies (1904/1905, 1906/1907, 1908/1909, 1926/1927), while lifting six FA Cup titles (1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955) and a number of star players were part of the St. James’ Park outfit in the past. David Ginola, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Nolberto Solano, Gary Speed, Obafemi Martins and Kevin Nolan are notable footballers who are still remembered at the club. Newcastle’s fiercest rivals are Sunderland and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Tyne-Wear derby. The colour of Newcastle’s home kit is black and white.