What does Blackburn vs Newcastle mean to you? Alan Shearer, perhaps. David Batty? Little Graham Fenton ending Kevin Keegan’s Premier League title hopes back in 1996? To Rafa Benitez, though, it’s nothing more than an irritation.
“Yes, in terms of another game, another situation that you have to manage with more minutes, more players, more risk.
“I am not happy with another game – I would prefer to win this game and that’s it. But if you cannot, at least you have another chance and then try to win the next one.”
But the 1-1 draw at St James’ Park last weekend means he must drag his thin squad to Ewood Park on a cold Tuesday night after all.
Here are how the two teams line up tonight. Blackburn are thus…