Last Updated: 24/09/11 7:17pm
All over at St James' Park - job well done for Newcastle but Blackburn will be bitterly disappointed.
Golden chance for Best after quick feet from Ben Arfa picks him out. But the striker takes a heavy touch to allow the ball to run away from him to Robinson.
Blackburn break quickly but Krul, who's had little to do, shows he's still alert to claim a long searching ball.
Newcastle have possession again and I wouldn't bet against them getting another goal to give the scoreline an emphatic look.
It's played short by Rochina to the unmarked Hoilett who is unable to get his shot away before he is forced back and his team lose possession.
Another sub for Newcastle with Jonas Gutierrez, who has impressed with a hard-working display this afternoon, replaced by Sylvain Marveaux.
N'Zonzi gets an opportunity as Newcastle switch off but the Rovers man fails to test Krul, who watches the ball rise over his bar.
Best should have scored after brilliantly turning Samba when he latched on to a great through ball by Cabaye. But he goes for power instead of placement and shoots over the bar.
And he nearly makes an instant impact by unselfishly pulling the ball back towards Best who is denied a certain goal by Lowe's excellent last minute intervention.
The French star replaces hat trick hero Demba Ba who, as you would expect, gets a rapturous round of applause.
Great cheer from the home fans as Hatem Ben Arfa rises from the bench to make his first Premier League appearance in almost a year.
Cabaye picks up a loose pass midway in Blackburn's half and drives a fierce shot at Robinson who blocks before gathering at the second attempt.
Olsson, booked moments earlier, cynically hauls down Cabaye to stop a Newcastle counter attack and recieves his second yeelow card.
Ryan Taylor drills in a fierce free kick from the left touchline which Robinson correctly decides to leave and let go out for a goal kick,
So Givet has moved to centre half with Olsson dropping to left back and Rochina slotting into the midfield.
Indeed Dann can't continue and a bold move from Steve Kean sees young ex-Barcelona midfielder Rochina replace the centre half.
Toon fan Scott emailed a half time backing Ba to get a third. He says: "Told ya Ba would get hattrick. Toon Army. Ho'way."
Simpson misses a curling cross after trying to clear with his right foot instead of his left but Olsson's instinctive stab goes wide.
And it seems Ba has claimed his hat trick! A deep swinging ball by Tiote was headed across Robinson at the far post by Ba and the ball crept in with Best looking to get the final touch home. Pretty sure it will go to Ba though.
CHANCE!! Newcastle get lucky with another decent cross, this time from the right, which Olsson flicks over Krul onto the top of the bar.
Hearts in mouths for the home fans as Tiote calmly plants a firm header into the hands of an advancing Krul. Could easily have gone over the Dutchman into the back of the net.
Toon fan James Whitehead says: "An entertaining first half very impressed with Newcastle's form at the moment, looking forward to seeing much of the same in the second half. I believe Best will carry on his fine form and grab another toon goal for a massive toon army win."
Quiet start to the second half with both teams having an equal share of possession.without threatening goal.
But would you bet on them walking away with a share of the points? Sky Bet's Jonathan Witty says: "Demba Ba is 6/1 to complete his hat-trick with the next goal while the Magpies are 1/4 to claim all three points. Blackburn are 12/1 to snatch victory with the draw available at 7/2."
And a view from the other side comes from Rovers fan Ben Sumner. He says: "Rovers need to tighten up at the back... big pressure on Kean's HT team talk... As this first half proves, one win doesn't make you a good manager. It will either end up 2-2 or a landslide for Newcastle."
Newcastle fan Ewan Wardell has sent a half time email. He says: "I think a tight second half but Best will come good yet again, 3-1 finish for the mighty Toon!"
However, it sets up an exciting second half and I'm looking forward to seeing how it pans out. What do you think will happen? Email your thoughts to email@example.com or Tweet me @J_Jurejko.
So Newcastle are clearly the happiest of the two teams at the break. But I'm sure Alan Pardew will be unhappy at letting Blackburn, whose defensive errors have cost them, back into the game.
But Krul claims the set piece and launches a rapid counter attack which ends with Obertan firing over the bar.
Hoilett bursts into the Newcastle box again and his dinked cross is booted out for a corner by Simpson who takes no chances with Olsson lurking behind him.
Great curling cross by Ryan Taylor and Best rises highest to plant a firm header over the bar. Good chance.
But it's Newcastle who are back on the attack and are camped in the Blackburn half as they look to regain their two goal advantage.
Cracking finish from the Canadian who makes Newcastle pay for carelessly giving away the ball in their own half. Olsson picks Hoilett out with a cross from the left and he takes a brilliant first touch in the area before smashing into the roof of the net past Krul.
Too easy again for Gutierrez who is not closed down by Blackburn before Dann blocks his goalbound shot.
Sunderland gaffer Steve Bruce in the stands...sure he's been given a warm welcome by the Newcastle fans!
Hoilett looks to create something but Ryan Taylor, who has shaken off his earlier knock, stands up well to dispossess his opponent.
Rovers have possession again but are unable to make Krul work in the home goal. Easy afternoon for the Dutchman so far...
Unbeaten Newcastle looking good to extend their great start to the season - can Blackburn hit back before half time?
Oh dear Blackburn fans....another poor goal conceded. A deep free kick is allowed to be headed back across goal and Ba is there to pounce with a firm header past Robinson.
Best gets into a good area to ping a left wing cross to Ba, who is allowed to turn far too easily by Dann before slamming home from ten yards.
Blackburn's first real raid through Olsson down the left and his cracking cross just evades Hoilett who is put off by Ryan Taylor's sliding challenge.
Givet again isn't tight enough to Obertan but is thankful to see the Newcastle man's cross sail into the stand behind the goal.
Chance! Weak glancing header from Gutierrez goes out for a goal kick. Should have done better after more good work from Obertan.
Hoilett easily dances into the Newcastle box before Colocinni comes across to avert the danger before the Blackburn man can shoot.
Blackburn seeing more of the ball but cannot string enough passes together to fashion out a decent chance.
But the Newcastle left back does return to the field as the home side regain their full complement of players.
Steve Kean will be concerned with the space Obertan is getting down the right. Blackburn stand off the Frenchman again enabling him to pick out Best who cannot get his shot on target.
Great skill from Obertan on the right flank but his low cross fails to find a Newcastle team-mate in the box.
Driving run by Demba Ba, still looking for his first Toon goal, from the halfway line before he fires over the bar.
But it is wasted by Ryan Taylor who smashes the ball into the Blackburn wall, which doesn't look ten yards away to be fair...
Rovers new boy Scott Dann gives away a free kick 30 yards out after a clumsy challenge on Leon Best.
Three successive corners for Newcastle as Blackburn fail to clear their lines before they win a free kick in their box after a foul from Colocinni.
Steven Taylor unconfidently heads back and Krul scampers out to gather in the first foray into any penalty area.
The teams emerge from the St James' tunnel, led by today's referee Martin Atkinson from West Yorkshire, and exchange the usual pre-match pleasantries.
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The last pre-match comment goes to Blackburn fan Harry Glover who says: "Newcastle will not keep a clean sheet today, not with the Yakubu threat. Rovers can score, we've seen that recently, I'm predicting 2-1 to Rovers."
Toon fan Damon Wade is not fortunate enough to be at the game because he is stuck in work. But he says: "I'm glad to see Hatem Ben Arfa on the bench but I would not risk him in this game as I am expecting a very physical encounter, 3-2 Newcastle win."
However, it won't be easy as Newcastle have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League games at St James' Park.
Kick off is fast approaching but we've still got time for a couple of quick stats. Firstly, if Blackburn follow up the win over Arsenal by beating Newcastle today it will be first time in 32 games that they have won consecutively.
Steve Kean has spared a second to Tweet in! Or at least a parody account of the Blackburn boss @Steve_Kean has... It says: "I can confidently confirm a 2-1 victory to my Rovers boys."
Fancy a flutter on this afternoon's match? Sky Bet's Jonathan Witty has kindly provided the latest odds and says: "Blackburn have won six of the last seven meetings between the sides and are 10/3 to do so again. The Magpies are 5/6 to secure another home win and the draw is 5/2. Rovers were amongst the goals in last week's 4-3 win over Arsenal and over 2.5 goals in this game is 10/11."
Tweeter @pablo8688 reckons: "It won't b 3 or 4 nil but would b disappointed with anythin other than nufc win! 2-0 Ba to get off the mark will suffice!"
So Alan Pardew turns to his big guns once again as Newcastle attempt to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. All nine of the men rested for Tuesday night's Carling Cup win at Nottingham Forest return to the starting line-up, while Hatem Ben Arfa begins on the bench almost 12 months after his last Premier League appearance. Rovers, who have won their last five league visits to Tyneside, make a single change to the side which beat Arsenal with Martin Olsson replacing Ruben Rochina.
Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Givet, Dann, Hoilett, Lowe, Nzonzi, Olsson, Formica, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Grella, Petrovic, Rochina, Vukcevic, Roberts, Hanley.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Best. Subs: Harper, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands, Perch, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi.
Another Rovers fan Gordon Whitehead, who is following our coverage from the USA, says: "Hoping for a Rovers win, but we really need to get rid of Kean. His record is pathetic." Seems the pressure hasn't eased on the Blackburn boss despite last weekend's thrilling win. Sure another win will help...
Blackburn fan Darryl Haworth does fancy Rovers picking up the three points today. He says:"Hopefully Kean will be playing Olsson left wing though, as Givet has been getting skinned at left back recently with no defensive cover from Hoilett. Feed the Yak and he will score!!! 1-2 Yakubu and Rochina to score."
Another Toon fan...another home win prediction. Jordan Pearson says: "I'm going for comfortable 2-0 Newcastle win today with Leon Best grabbing a brace with a goal in each half." Come on Blackburn fans let's hear from you - is it going to be an easy home win? Or can your boys follow up last week's opening victory against Arsenal with another three points? Email email@example.com or tweet me @J_Jurejko with your opinions.
Seems the home fans are expecting a landslide victory this afternoon. Greame McGrory has been in touch via email and says: "Expecting a solid victory today. All is well in the Toon camp (we will see how long that lasts!) So I predict a comfortable 3-0 display. Cabaye has finally arrived, man of the match performance out of him is expected and can Leon 'Georgie' Best continue his ridiculous goals to games ratio? Lets hope so! Marveaux was lively during the week, I would say he will get some game time at some stage too!"
Optimistic Newcastle fan Ryan Crook is our first Tweeter of the the afternoon. He says: "I reckon it's guna be 4-0 TOON! Ben Arfa and Best to score at least one each." Doubt comeback kid Ben Arfa will start but I'll be bringing you the full team news as soon as it arrives shortly.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the live interactive text commentary of the big Premier League clash between Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers. My name is Jonathan Jurejko and I'll be your eyes and ears at St James' Park this afternoon. Kick off is an hour away so in the meantime please feel free to email your pre-match hopes and fears to firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @J_Jurejko.