Tue 27 Feb 2024, 09:41 · Ash Harrison

'Superior': Chris Sutton now predicts who will win in the FA Cup - Blackburn Rovers or Newcastle United

'Superior': Chris Sutton now predicts who will win in the FA Cup - Blackburn Rovers or Newcastle United
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Tonight is the Alan Shearer derby as Blackburn Rovers host Newcastle United in the FA Cup fifth round - Kick-off is 7:45pm live on BBC.

It would have been the Jon Dahl Tomasson derby but they went ahead and sacked him a few weeks ago.

Blackburn is of course the club where Alan Shearer won the Premier League title back when he still had hair before he became the world's most expensive player when he signed for his boyhood club, Newcastle United for £15million.

His strike partner at Blackburn was none other than Chris Sutton who the BBC have once again tasked with trying to predict the outcome of the game.

Chris Sutton doesn't have much faith in his old side

Rovers are a long way off from their title-winning days and are nowadays a mid-table Championship side, but they got this far in the FA Cup, so Newcastle would be fools to underestimate them.

Ryan Fraser
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Debutant Ryan Fraser after scoring the only goal the last time these two sides met in 2020

That being said, it seems Chris Sutton doesn't have much confidence in his old employers given his predicted scoreline.

"I scored in an FA Cup tie for Blackburn against Newcastle a few years ago - it was a wonderful finish, but we ended up losing in a replay, and I can see the Magpies getting through this time too.

"Blackburn drew at the weekend in the 'Chris Sutton derby' against my first club, Norwich, but they are yet to win in four games under new manager John Eustace, and I don't see him getting a first victory here.

"Newcastle boss Eddie Howe really needs the FA Cup now, to recover a bit of faith with the fans after some disappointing results, including their heavy defeat by Arsenal on Saturday.

"Howe's side should win, because they have got the superior players and I actually feel as if they will run away with this one a little bit.

"Sutton's prediction: 1-3"

This one has to be an easy win for the Toon, surely!

Sutton's odd use of the word 'few' aside, we expect he's bang-on with his assessment here.

After Saturday's disgraceful performance, the lads simply have to put on a show tonight and get us through to the next round of the cup or the Toon Army could start to turn.

We're sure it'll all be fine, though, right? Right?