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Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United

Blackburn vs Newcastle: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

13:19 EAT 15/01/2019
Matt Ritchie Newcastle 2018-19
Rafael Benitez is set to play with a much-changed squad as the Magpies travel to Ewood Park in an FA Cup third-round replay

Newcastle travel to Ewood Park on Tuesday for their FA Cup third-round replay against Blackburn Rovers.

It took a late penalty from Matt Ritchie to rescue the initial tie for the Magpies, who had fallen behind at St James’ Park to a goal from Bradley Dack, which threatened to be the cause of a significant upset.

Rafael Benitez’s side, however, remain in the running to face Watford in the fourth round.

Game Blackburn v Newcastle
Date Tuesday, January 15
Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch


In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via ESPN+.

US TV channel Online stream
NBC ESPN+

In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 2, BT Sport 4K UHD and streamed via BT Sport Live.

UK TV channel Online stream
BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD BT Sport Live

Squads & Team News


Position Blackburn squad
Goalkeepers Raya, Leutwiler, Albinson, Fisher
Defenders Mulgrew, Lenihan, Downing, Bell, Williams, Hart, Nyambe, Travis
Midfielders Rodwell, Davenport, Reed, Evans, Rothwell, Smallwood, Gladwin, Lyons, Tomlinson, Bennett, Dack
Forwards Conway, Brereton, Armstrong, Graham, Samuel, Nuttall

Charlie Mulgrew and Derrick Williams may return after missing the weekend’s match against Millwall, while Corry Evans is a doubt.

Richie Smallwood, meanwhile, is available after a ban.

Possible Blackburn starting XI: Raya; Bennett, Lenihan, Rodwell, Bell; Travis, Evans, Reed, Dack; Armstrong, Nuttall

Position Newcastle squad
Goalkeepers Dubravka, Elliot, Darlow, Woodman
Defenders Clark, Lascelles, Manquillo, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Lejeune, Lazaar
Midfielders Murphy, Shelvey, Ritchie, Atsu, Hayden
Forwards Perez, Joselu, Rondon

Newcastle are hampered by injuries heading into this match. Karl Darlow is still struggling and very unlikely to play, while Paul Dummett and Mohamed Diame are sidelined.

Jonjo Shelvey needs a fitness test and given Newcastle’s reticence to play a strong side in the first meeting, it would be surprising to see him feature.

Ki Sung-yueng and Yoshnori Muto are on international duty.

Callum Roberts could feature, three years after making his debut for the club, while youngsters Sean Longstaff and Freddie Woodman are tipped to figure from the off.

Possible Newcastle starting XI: Woodman; Manquillo, Sterry, Schar, Clark, Kenedy; Murphy, S. Longstaff, Hayden, Atsu; Joselu


Betting & Match Odds


Blackburn may be the Championship side, but bet365 have them priced as 6/4 favourites to win. Newcastle can be backed at 2/1 while the draw is 12/5.

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Match Preview


Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has made it clear that the FA Cup, for now, is not a priority for his team.

The Magpies fielded a weakened team when they first tackled Blackburn at St James’ Park and, after a 2-1 loss to Chelsea at the weekend, they find themselves in the Premier League relegation zone. Survival has to be their top priority, with a vital home encounter against Cardiff City to come at the weekend.

“The Premier League is massive. You have £130 million guaranteed if you are there,” Benitez said ahead of the replay. “Everyone is trying to manage the situation.”

“You have to be realistic. Who's in the final of the Carabao Cup? One of the top sides.

“And who can be in the final of the FA Cup? Now it’s even worse because the reserve team of one of these teams, they can beat another one.

“Who has a chance, a realistic chance? Teams in the middle of the table because they can have a go because they are safe. The other teams, you have to manage it really carefully.”

Blackburn Rovers, meanwhile, find themselves in the middle of the Championship table, having positioned themselves on the very fringes of the extensive dogfight for the playoffs.

Last weekend they scored twice in the last five minutes to dispatch Millwall, with Joe Nuttall and ex-Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong on target.

“We're playing a Premier League side,” Rovers manager Tony Mowbray said.

“The team know how tough the game is going to be but we always believe we can win, particularly at home.

“We have a level of belief that we can ask questions and put them on the back foot.”

Rovers, though, have lost their last three FA Cup ties against Premier League opponents, with Stoke their last victims in the 2014-15 campaign.