Alan Pardew will hope that his team can return to winning ways on Wednesday when they travel to Ewood Park, having won three home games on the bounce before these latest setbacks.
The bookies can’t decide who to make favourite for the contest and the visitors are on offer at 17/10 (Boylesports free bets) to keep their opponents in the bottom three of the Premier League by securing victory.
It is clear that United don’t have the same cut and thrust in the team without Demba Ba, although Hatem Ben Arfa ran the show during the first half at Craven Cottage and the French international is a 9/1 chance (Blue Square bookmaker) to open the scoring against a Rovers team likely to be without the want away Chris Samba.
Not that Blackburn are dead and buried this season, despite major supporter protests against manager Steve Kean and owners Venky’s, the latter of whom are unlikely to attend another Premier League match this season.
In fairness to Kean, he has kept his dignity in the face of some abusive treatment from home supporters and recent results have seen Rovers win at Manchester United, beat Fulham and draw at Everton. Perhaps they are the value bet to win this game at 13/8 (bodog free bet).
There was little between the two teams when they played at St James’ Park earlier this month in an FA Cup tie and it took a last minute Jonas Gutierrez goal to secure the spoils for the Tyneside club. However, David Goodwillie opened the scoring in that game and the Scot has three in his last four – pointing to the fact that 10/1 about him breaking the deadlock could be a value bet.