As expected, Newcastle United are unchanged from the side that got the amazing 4-4 draw last Saturday against Arsenal.
And new signing, Shefki Kuqi, is on the bench and may make his debut in the second half of this afternoon’s game.
Kuqi of course, spent a year earlier in his career at Ewood Park, and replaces 19 year-old Michael Richardson on the bench.
There had been injury doubts about Leon Best and Nile Ranger, but Leon starts alongside Peter Lovenkrands up front, and no doubt Nile Ranger, and maybe even Kuqi will get a a run-out in the second half depending on how the game goes.
Newcastle will need to get off to a good start this afternoon, and put in some solid defending, and if we can somehow get some goals, we could see all 3 points this afternoon, with our first win since January 5th.
That’s what we are hoping for, but we expect a tough game.
Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba (c), Nelsen, Olsson, Hoilett, Jones, Nzonzi, Dunn, Kalinic, Santa Cruz.
Subs: Bunn (GK), Emerton, Grella, Pedersen, Benjani, Roberts, Hanley
Newcastle: Harper; Simpson, Williamson,Coloccini, Enrique; Barton, Tiote, Nolan (c), Gutierrez; Best, Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul, Perch, Campbell, Guthrie, Ferguson, Kuqi, Ranger