Newcastle United vs Blackburn Rovers – Pre-match and Predicted Line-up

Newcastle United go into this match needing a win to set a new club record of ten successive victories.
Many will feel that Rafa Benitez’s side are capable of doing so, especially with Blackburn struggling.
However, quite often when sides are struggling they will sit deep with players behind the ball.
This could potentially negate the influence of Newcastle star Jonjo Shelvey, who may not be able to find the space to play his killer passes into.
If this is the plan, then Newcastle fans may just see the best of Mo Diame, if he is selected.
Diame has divided opinion since his arrival on Tyneside, but his top-level experience and quick feet could be the key to unlocking a tight defence.
This could also be a game in which Rafa Benitez needs to change things. Dwight Gayle may find it hard to make his darting runs if there is limited space. Which could mean that the introduction of Aleksandar Mitrovic could be crucial.
Furthermore, do not be surprised to see Newcastle playing a slow, patient game in the first half to see if they can draw Blackburn out.
With all of this in mind, here is my preferred line up:
GK: Darlow
RB: Anita
RCB: Lascelles
LCB: Clark
LB: Dummett
CM: Hayden
CM: Shelvey
RW: Ritchie
CAM: Diame
LW: Gouffran
ST: Mitrovic
However, no doubt Rafa will have a better plan in mind. In Rafa we trust!

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