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Preview: Newcastle United v Rovers

It’s an away trip to St James’ Park for Mowbray’s men

3 January 2019

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Rovers are aiming to reach the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup with victory over Premier League side Newcastle United this weekend.

Here's our guide to the game...


Rovers got back to winning ways on New Year’s Day, beating promotion contenders West Brom 2-1 at Ewood Park. Goals from Charlie Mulgrew and Bradley Dack gave the Blues all three points. 

A Jay Rodriguez penalty pulled one back for the visitors, but Rovers held on to start off 2019 with a victory. 

This is Rovers’ first game in the FA Cup, a competition that Rovers reached the Third Round in last season, before being knocked out by Hull City. 

Kick-off at St James’ Park is scheduled for 5:30pm on Saturday, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow subscribers after the game.


Ryan Nyambe trained on Thursday after missing the last two games due to a hamstring injury, while Joe Nuttall also made it through training after missing the West Brom match with an illness.

Craig Conway is back in the squad after coming on as a substitute against West Brom on New Year’s Day. Derrick Williams is set to train on Friday but is unlikely to make the Newcastle game.

Richie Smallwood is suspended and Sam Hart is cup-tied, but loanees Kasey Palmer and Harrison Reed are both eligible to play.

As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups via and our official social media accounts on matchday. 


Newcastle currently sit in 15th position in the Premier League, two points above the relegation zone. The Magpies come into this game off the back of a 2-0 home defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday night.  

Salomón Rondón is Newcastle’s top scorer this season, with six goals. 

Rovers did the double over Rafa Benitez’s side when the sides met in the Championship in the 2016/17 season. Charlie Mulgrew scored the winner in both games. 


Tickets are still available for the game and are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. Click here to purchase yours. 

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