Blackburn have a strong recent record against Newcastle and manager Sam Allardyce will be hoping for a continuation of this as he prepares to face one of his former clubs.
If Newcastle have a bogey team then Blackburn are surely it as they have won the last five showdowns between the two, while they have secured victories from their last four visits to St James’ Park.
Blackburn are 11/4 to beat Newcastle again and will be trusting that they are now free from their October blues.
After taking just one point from their four games last month, Allardyce watched his team beat Wigan in their last outing.
Patience is likely to be needed by Newcastle if they are to secure a fourth straight Premier League win for the first time since 2006.
This is because Blackburn are one of just two teams to have never been behind at the half-time interval in the top flight this season.
Newcastle are 1/1 to beat Blackburn and ensure that they at least retain their spot of fifth in the current Premier League standings.
To Score At Any Time
Much of talk this week has been about Andy Carroll for reasons on and off the field and many will expect him to be Newcastle’s biggest goal threat against Blackburn.
Carroll is 1/1 to score within the 90 minutes, but it is Kevin Nolan that has seemed to know where the goal is this season.
Nolan has struck seven times in the opening 11 games from midfield and is 6/4 to do so again.
Benjani will be a big loss for Blackburn after he went off with a hamstring injury against Wigan and this could mean a start for Jason Roberts.
Roberts has scored three goals in Blackburn’s last five games against Newcastle and is available at 9/4 to score at any time at St James’ Park this season.
Blackburn have kept clean sheets in three of their last four visits to St James’ Park. See the whole Newcastle vs Blackburn match betting odds market.