Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Newcastle United will be looking to kick off their EFL Cup campaign in style when they take on Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday evening. The Magpies aim to build on the Premier League win over West Ham United, and they must be high on spirits ahead of the midweek clash. Newcastle United summer signing Callum Wilson has already started paying off as he opened his goal-scoring account in the Premier League opener.
Steve Bruce has some injury worries ahead of the Carabao Cup clash as all Dubravka, Dummett, Gayle, and Schar are sidelined with injury. The Riversiders, on the other hand, defeated Doncaster in the opening match of their EFL Cup campaign, but they failed to impress in the Championship opener against Bournemouth. Given Blackburn’s shaky defence, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. The likes of Dack and Gallagher are out of contention for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Jack Colback):
After spending nine years at Sunderland youth academy, Jack Colback signed a loan deal with Ipswich Town on 6 August, 2009. The left-footed midfielder, who is capable of playing at left back as well, made 37 appearances for the Championship side, scoring four goals in the English second tier.
Against all odds, Colback decided to sign for Sunderland’s bitterest rivals Newcastle United on 9 June, 2014 and it has to be noted he became the first player to move directly from Sunderland to Newcastle since 1998 when Lionel Perez did the same. In 2015 Sunderland fans created a sick banner depicting Colback hanging with a noose around his neck and that caused uproar on social media.
Colback and his teammates from Newcastle dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 season, but he decided not to leave the club. Colback scored 5 goals in 64 appearances for Newcastle United in the Premier League. He is well known for his passing skills, he rarely gives the ball away and journalist often compare him with Italy ace Andrea Pirlo.
Highlighted Team (Blackburn Rovers):
Blackburn Rovers have been trying to return to the Premier League ever since they dropped to the Championship in 2012. The Riversiders compete in the English second tier and they play their home games at Ewood Park. Blackburn were founded back in 1875 and they are one of the founding members of the Football League (1888).
Burnley are considered Blackburn’s main rivals and the two teams square off against each other in the East Lancashire derby. It has to be noted that Blackburn Burnley 7-1 in their first ever meeting in the East Lancashire Derby on 3 November, 1888. The Riversiders have won three First Division (Premier League) trophies (1911/1912, 1913/1914, 1994/1995).
Blackburn Rovers have clinched six FA Cup titles as well. Speaking of the club’s European success, the Riversiders won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2007. The colour of Blackburn’s home kit is blue and white.