Free tips Championship: Blackburn v Newcastle predictions (3pm, Monday)
BLACKBURN v NEWCASTLE PREDICTIONS, BETTING TIPS & MATCH PREVIEW
Monday, 2nd January 2017, 3pm, Ewood Park
In the mid 1990s these two sides were genuine powerhouses of English football but both Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United are now competing in the country’s second tier.
Newcastle currently sit in the automatic promotion places while Rovers fortunes contrast notably as they currently languish in the bottom three with relegation now a genuine fear at Ewood Park.
Despite this, it was Blackburn who won the meeting between the pair earlier in the campaign at St. James’ Park – Charlie Mulgrew’s effort fifteen mintues from time marked possibly the result of the season in the Championship to date.
Moreover, Rovers recent track record against the Magpies is generally impressive with only three defeats in the past twelve games which included a six-game winning run between May 2007 and November 2010.
The sides are now separated by a mammoth 29 points and Newcastle’s impressive away form – nine wins in their last eleven on the road, seems ominous for the hosts, where boss Owen Coyle is feeling the heat.
Anytime scorer odds
Dwight Gayle 4/5 – Skybet – the division’s highest goalscorer with 17 goals – averaging precisely a goal a game.
Aleksander Mitrovic 3/2 – Skybet – only three goals for the Serbian striker this campaign, even if he is a constant threat. Odds offer poor value based on current form.
Sam Gallagher 23/10 – BetStars, Betfair – the Southampton loanee has found the back of the net nine times in the league so far and is in a rich vein of form, a tempting bet with value.
Danny Graham 12/5 – BetStars, Betfair – the boyhood Newcastle fan will have extra motivation in this one and has scored only one fewer than Gallagher.
Blackburn v Newcastle betting tips
Both teams to score – No 11/10 – Paddy Power – Rafa Benitez’s men have conceded only six goals in twelve away league matches and Blackburn have conceded more at home (21) than any other side in the league and confidence is fragile, while the meeting produced only one goal earlier in the season.
Anytime scorer – Danny Graham 12/5 – BetStars, Betfair – caused a stir when signing for the Magpies hated North East rivals Sunderland despite his roots, will need no motivation here and the odds offer good returns.
It’s tough to look beyond a Newcastle win and while their current form isn’t rampant, Rovers have lost four on the spin and unless their strike duo click it could be a long afternoon.