Around 20,000 have been sold for the fifth round FA cup tie between Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United tonight.

Rovers take on the Premier League's Magpies, who booked their trip to Lancashire with a 2-0 win away to Fulham in the last round, in a mouth-watering clash where Rovers will be hoping to pull off a shock win.

The game is being held at Ewood Park on Tuesday (27 February) with kick off at 7.45pm, and a place in the quarter-finals at stake.

The club said 7,500 tickets had been allocated to Newcastle fans in the Darwen End taking up both tiers of the stand, with the away end expected to be a sell-out.

Rovers fans, who have purchased tickets previously for games up to January 28 will be able to buy up until 6.30pm today.

The crowd is due to surpass the 18,169 that watched Rovers dispatch League Two side Wrexham 4-1 in the last round.

It is hoped the turnout will also beat the two highest attendances at Ewood Park so far this season, when Leeds United and Preston North End visited town in the EFL Championship, when both matches passed the 20,000 mark.

Rovers enjoyed a great cup run in reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last term, and this seasons defeated Cambridge United on home soil in the third round at the start of the year before dispatching Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds' Wrexham team.

Adult tickets for tonight's game are £20 and under 18s are only £5.

Home fans can purchase seats from the Rovers website in the Jack Walker Lower, Jack Walker Family Stand, Jack Walker Upper, Blackburn End Lower and Riverside Stand.

For those unable to make it to Ewood Park to catch the action, the game is being shown live on BBC One from 7.30pm, with legend of both clubs Alan Shearer in the studio alongside Gary Lineker.