Newcastle United make one change from the team which was beaten 2-1 by Spurs in midweek with Xisco replacing the injured Oba Martins up front. This was the expected change with the rest of the team remaining unchanged, mainly becasue we have so many injuries.
22 year-old Spanish striker Xisco will partner Michael Owen in attack, the captain having scored his 4th goal of the season on Wednesday night.
17 year-old forward Nile Ranger, who was singed from Southampton in the summer, returns to the bench for the Magpies.
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Geremi, Sebastien Bassong, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Claudio Cacapa, Charles N’Zogbia, Michael Owen (c), Xisco
Subs: Steve Harper, Shola Ameobi, David Edgar, Ben Tozer, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson, Nile Ranger
Blackburn Rovers Jason Brown, Stephen Warnock, Christopher Samba, Tugay, Ryan Nelsen (c), Brett Emerton, Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Villanueva, Danny Simpson, Matt Derbyshire, Martin Olsson
Subs: Andre Ooijer, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Keith Andrews, Robbie Fowler, Keith Treacy, Jason Roberts, Alex Marrow
Referee: Steve Tanner