Blackburn's respite from the relegation zone may have proved brief but their return of seven points from the last 12 available at least suggests they might be on the road to recovery. Rovers remain the only side in the top flight without a clean sheet but continue to find the target at the other end, scoring in each of their previous 11 matches. Newcastle are clinging on to their place in the top six after conceding five last time out at Fulham and won’t be helped by their shock exit from the FA Cup at Brighton. The away form may be an area of concern for Alan Pardew as his side have lost their five of their last six games on the road. Defeat on the south coast was their third in succession though the Magpies have lost just twice in their 12 matches against sides in the bottom half.
• Blackburn Rovers are the first Premier League side to fail to keep a clean sheet in their opening 22 games of a season.
• Newcastle have failed to find the net just once in an away league game this season - that was in the 0-0 draw at QPR in September.
Steve Kean set to field an unchanged side from the team that earned a point at Everton. Anthony Modeste will push for a start up front having made his debut at Goodison but David Goodwillie will be expected to start once again as Yakubu continues to serve his suspension.
Newcastle's Senegal duo of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse will not be available for Wednesday' as they will not return back in time from the Africa Cup of Nations. Fabricio Coloccini is also expected to feature after shaking off the groin injury which kept him out of Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round defeat at Brighton, and the club's decision to contest midfielder Yohan Cabaye's FA charge for violent conduct means he too could yet figure.
Possible starting XIs:
P Robinson • J Lowe, S Dann, G Givet, Martin Olsson • S Nzonzi, R Petrovic • MG Pedersen, D Dunn, J Hoilett • D Goodwillie
T Krul • D Simpson, M Williamson, F Coloccini, D Santon • Y Cabaye (or R Taylor), D Guthrie • H Ben Arfa, J Gutiérrez, L Best • Sh Ameobi