Tue 27 Feb 2024, 18:56 · Ash Harrison

No Sven Botman in the squad but Elliot Anderson returns - Team news is in

No Sven Botman in the squad but Elliot Anderson returns - Team news is in
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Newcastle United are gearing up to take on Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in the fifth round of the FA Cup - Kick-off is at 7:45 live on BBC 1.

We said in our lineup prediction that we really struggled to put this one together, and you can tell by just how unbelievably wrong we got it.

There is no Sven Botman in the side, in fact, he didn't even travel with the squad, we don't know if this is just him getting a rest ahead of Wolves or whether there's something else going on.

Eddie Howe has made some big calls tonight

Eddie Howe has opted to throw in Joe Willock from the start, resting Lewis Miley who is on the bench.

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Swing and a miss

Dan Burn is reinstated to the starting XI with Tino Livramento dropped to the bench again where he will sit alongside Elliot Anderson who makes his return to a match-day squad after being out with a back injury since October.

Eddie Howe has made some huge calls with his lineup but he has still put out a very strong side, but more importantly, there are some very strong options on the bench now.

It's a team that should win this one comfortably

Newcastle should have more than enough to see off the challenge of Blackburn, although there is absolutely no room for complacency.

With Newcastle's season hanging by a thread, the FA Cup is possibly our last chance to do something this season unless we manage to put together an amazing run in the Premier League.

Howay Eddie Howe's Getting Stronger By The Week Mags!