Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
A place in the FA Cup round 4 will be at stake when Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers face each other at St. James’ Park on Saturday evening. The Magpies are not having a season to remember, but they are definitely capable of beating the Riversiders in front of home fans. Rafa Benitez’s troops defeated the likes of Birmingham City and Luton Town in previous two home games in the FA Cup, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Saturday’s football game. Blackburn Rovers do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment, they have been struggling in the Championship in the first half of the season, therefore, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Newcastle’s party at St. James’ Park. When the two teams met in the Championship two seasons ago the Riversiders defeated the Magpies in Newcastle.
Highlighted Player (Jamaal Lascelles):
Born in Derby on November 11, 1993, Jamaal Lascelles is an English footballer who plays for Newcastle United as a defender. Lascelles began his youth career at Nottingham Forest and he continued playing for the Reds on senior level. After scoring two goals in 32 appearances for Forest, Jamaal Lascelles moved to Newcastle United in 2014 and he has been playing for the Magpies ever since. The 188-cm-tall centre-back has a deal with Newcastle United, which should expire in June, 2023. Jamaal Lascelles made two appearances for England U21, but he has yet to make his senior debut with the Three Lions. Speaking of his individual honours, the English defender was part of PFA Team of the Year for the 2016/2017 Championship season. Jamaal Lascelles scored three goals in 35 appearances for Newcastle United in the 2017/2018 Premier League season, helping Rafa Benitez’s team secure yet another top flight survival.
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.