It’s a big one under the Prenton Park lights as Rovers face Premier League opposition in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
At the earliest stage possible to face a team of this quality, Rovers will face a stern test against Eddie Howe’s men who since he joined on Tyneside, have seen the entire club regalvanised particularly after a successful takeover.
Rovers managed to see off higher league opposition in the first round of the competition after drawing 2-2 with Accrington Stanley before defeating them 11-12 on penalties at the Wham Stadium.
But this was most certainly be a tougher test on the Wirral as both sides look to progress into the third round early in their respective campaigns.
Newcastle have started their campaign brightly, beating promoted side Nottingham Forest on the opening day before picking up a respectable point away at Brighton and Hove Albion, a place which has seen many big clubs struggle to take points from over the past number of years.
They did drop points against Manchester City last time out after a frantic 3-3 draw, but their attention won’t be dropped as the cup tie approaches with Eddie Howe no stranger to defying the odds.
Lee O'Connor returned from injury last week and should be available for selection.
Joel Mumbongo is sidelined with a muscle strain whilst Tom Davies, Kieron Morris, Luke Robinson and Charlie Jolley are all out too.
One to Watch: Bruno Guimarães
A Brazilian international, Guimarães arrive on Tyneside in January from French side Lyon for a reported fee of around £40 million.
After impressing in the black and white of Newcastle, he will be hoping to be the Toon’s key cog this year as they look to push on under new ownership.
He’s played every Premier League minute so far this campaign and whilst it remains to be seen if he will make an appearance at Prenton Park, he’s got some of the best quality Newcastle possess.
Manager: Eddie Howe
Whilst still a relatively young manager at the age of 44, Eddie Howe has achieved some great things so far in his managerial career.
After taking over at Bournemouth in 2008 after featuring for them 200 times as a player, he took charge of the Cherries in League Two and was tasked with steering the club away from the relegation places having started the season on -17 points. After successfully avoiding the drop, they achieved promotion to League One the following year,
How decided to move up North as he took a job at Burnley, but the North didn’t last long for Howe who moved back to Bournemouth in 2012 and spent a further eight years at the Vitality Stadium.
In that time, Howe achieved three promotions in seven seasons and had led Bournemouth from facing the drop to the conference to the top division of English football, and as recognition for his achievements he was named Football League Manager of the Decade in 2015.
After Bournemouth were relegated to the Championship back in 2020, Howe resigned as manager and since took over at Newcastle united in November following on from a successful takeover at the club.
He was again tasked with avoiding relegation, and that he succeeded after 12 wins from the last 18 games of the season meaning they achieved an 11th placed finish, a remarkable achievement.
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