Birmingham City v Newcastle United – Match preview.

Posted on December 17th, 2010 | 221 Comments |

St Andrews - Home of Birmingham City.
St Andrews - Home of Birmingham City.
Newcastle head to St Andrews on Saturday afternoon where they will come up against a tough Birmingham City side.

Newcastle will have to be at their very best of they are to beat a side that doesn’t generally give much away, especially on their own turf.

Birmingham are a physical side who work hard for each other. They chase and harry the opposition when they haven’t got the ball and can be a real threat when they do have the ball. The league table may suggest that Birmingham are struggling at the moment, but it will still be a very tough game.

Still, Newcastle have to go to The Midlands believing that they can win the game. The importance of three points, or even a point, can’t be understated, especially with tough games against Manchester City and Tottenham coming up over the festive period. Building on the impressive 3-1 victory over Liverpool has to be a high priority for Alan Pardew and the lads.

Sol Campbell is likely to miss out after picking up an illness during the week, but that loss is negated by the fact that Newcastle have both Mike Williamson and Fabricio Colocinni returning from their three-match suspensions which will give Alan Pardew a bit of a selection headache as he sets about trying to find his best central defensive pairing.

Steve Harper is fit to return to first-team action although I would personally keep Tim Krul between the sticks until his performance warrants being dropped.

Shola Ameobi is also said to be struggling with a hamstring injury which could mean that he might miss out tomorrow. Nile Ranger will likely start in his place if Shola is deemed not fit enough to feature. Hatem Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling and Ryan Taylor all still sidelined through long-term injury.

So that should give Alan Pardew some food for thought with regard to team selection tomorrow. Swapping Ranger for Ameobi is straight-forward enough, but the biggest dilmma will be at the heart of our defence. Should Pardew persist with Steven Taylor and introduce one of either Coloccini or Williamson along side him? Or should Pardew pick the two players who have played together for most of the season? It’s a tough one, but I’d go with a team of;

NewcastleTim Krul, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Cheick Tiote, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Nile Ranger, Andy Carroll.

Birmingham will be without Alexander Hleb and James McFadden for the match tomorrow as they sit out with hanstring and knee injuries respectively, but they are the only injury concerns for The Blues. Liam Ridgewell and Martin Jiranek are both fit to start after recovering from the flu virus during the week.

Birmingham lost 1-0 at local rivals Wolves last weekend in a match where they failed to register a shot on target for the entire 90 minutes – the second time it has happened this season. I expect that the home side will want to put on a performance tomorrow to atone for the disappointment of last week. The team that played that at Molineux was;

BirminghamBen Foster, Stephen Carr, Roger Johnson, Scott Dann, David Murphy, Sebastian Larsson, Lee Bowyer, Barry Ferguson, Keith Fahey, Cameron Jerome, Nikola Zigic.

The last five games between the two sides have all ended in draws, and Birmingham have only won one of the last ten league meetings against Newcastle. In fact if you look at the broader form book, Birmingham have only won four of the last 27 Premier League matches. Home form is important to The Blues though and they have only lost once at St Andrews in the last 23 matches.

Newcastle have the edge in the overall head-to-head. The two teams have met 105 times with Newcastle winning 41 times, Birmingham winning 33 times. The other 30 matches have all ended in draws.

As I’ve said, it will be a tough game. Not many teams go to St Andrews and come away with all three points. Still, we have to try though, certainly harder than we did in the last match I attended at West Brom!

I think a draw could be in the cards.

Howay the lads!

Date: Saturday, 18th December, 2010.

Kick-off: 3:00pm.

Venue: St Andrews, Brimingham.

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221 Responses

  1. i hope williamson and colo are back in the team and krul keeps his place with Ranger to start in place of shola .

  2. Collo and Willo back to form the defence that has looked it’s best in years.

    Ranger to start up front, and Pardew to mastermind a tactical win, 0-2 to the mags.

    Merry Christmas, and god bless us, everyone…..

    sorry got carried away there, but I think it’s for the taking tomorrow, if Pardew has his tactical head screwed on, and if the real NUFC turn up of course.

  3. Wont be able to watch this 1 as its not televised by ESPN :(

    Hoping for a win though! Carroll to get his 11th goal, 0-1 to us :)

  4. I would have settled for 4 points for December at the start of the month but now I’m looking at 7 so its either win tomorrow and a draw v Citeh or vice versa :-)

    That said a hard fought 1-2 tomorrow will do, could easily be the other way around tho.

  5. People are forgetting that Birmingham’s home record is unbelievable, teams such as Chelsea and Tottenham cannot beat them so I am not so confident we will be able to.

    2-0 Birmingham sorry Lads

  6. Can’t call it, they’re a good side like, but if i had to guess I think we’ll get a draw. 2-2, Carroll and Nolan.

  7. Actually, what i meant to say was I dont think we’ll come away with points, but if we do it’ll be 1, in a 2-2 draw, lol.

  8. I’m sorry but I want 3 points tomorrow. Birmingham are low in confidence, have little going forward and we should be fine as long as we start brightly and don’t needlessly give away possession. Jerome is a mediocre striker, but I can see him having a good game tomorrow. He is strong, quick and tall. Exactly the type of player our defenders tend to struggle against.

  9. I wouldn’t say it’s unbelievable mate, they’ve won 3 out of 7 but I’d agree they are hard to beat.

  10. Not being funny, but it says it all about Birmingham when their top scorer is a right back with four goals.

  11. I would start with 4-5-1 tomorrow and ensure we win the midfield battle. We can always throw Nile on for the last 30mins or so.

  12. ‘Bret – I’ll be there, and Jay Jay, and Marktoon. Don;t worry about snow at the minute as there is next to none down here anyway. There is some forecast though. What time you setting off?

  13. By the way I just noticed some rumors Pardew will get a transfer budget up to 20 million, any of you seen a source, no matter how speculative, confirming the piece?

    What do you think the areas to strengthen Alan mentioned are? Do you have any personal, realistic suggestions?

    January will give us a lot of answers to what extent Ashley will get behind his appointment. He hasn’t quite backed financially any manager after Big Sam and perhaps that’s the guy responsible for our board’s cautious approach to the market?

  14. no way will he get 20 million, apparently MON asked for that and was turned down, which is allegedly why he then wouldnt take the job :S

  15. They have been decent at home but their no great shakes. I don’t care how good Carr has been, at 34 he won’t like Jonas running up and down all game. Thats if Jonas turns up along with the rest of them. I don’t think they will beat us unless we show them no respect. If we play like we did at Everton and Arsenal they won’t have a chance. I think the lads are due a good un’.

  16. In North East, none or hardly any. Just bitterly cold. Could snow over the weekend apparently but not much. Divvent knaa about the midlands like, probably tropical. :)

  17. Dave – Not much in The Midlands mate, although it is pretty chilly. It’s expected to snow between 6am-12pm tomorrow.

  18. Well I hope its not too bad over there as my daughters leaving brighton at 6 in the morning to make her way up to stranrar as she is scared to leave it too late incase she gets caught in the snow

  19. The weathers ok here in North East just really cold. Said on the radio a truck broke down so they sent a tow truck and that broke down. :lol:

  20. Toonsy – Probably gonna head off really early tomorrow. I’m thinking 8-9am…

    Planning on finding some nice place to go for lunch with the girlfriend before freezing our asses off at the game.

    How bout you all?

    Looking forward to tomorrow – should be a good game i hope… with a good outcome!

  21. Brett…aye I’m leaving about 8 but picking the bairn up en route.

    Toonsy… any ideas how many tickets were sold?

  22. I see Blatter is saying the whole football calender might have to be moved to accommodate the Qatar world cup :roll:

  23. ritchie-:-

    nufc website wont let you buy tickets so prolly sold out me thinks :S 3200 allocated i think?

  24. Stat of the game: The last five meetings at St Andrew’s – four in the Premier League and one FA Cup tie – have ended in draws.

    Betting tip: History dictates another draw, with the bookies offering 17-2 for a goalless event.

    I’m putting a tenner on what ever my 4 YO tells me! Last week he predicted us to score three and Carrol to get one!

  25. I’m gonna get pissed all night, then get in the square peg nice and early :). About 3300 tickets sold I think richietoon.

  26. Rich – 3,200 was the last I heard mate.

    Bret – I’m only thirty miles or so down the road so I’ll be getting the train.

    I’ll keep an eye on the weather overnight and let all those that are travelling know the score in the morning at around 6am :)

    I take no blame for anything that may happen after that time :)

  27. whats the crack with wearing your colours here, ive read a few reports that their fans can be right twats.. :S

  28. Joppadoni – They are a horrible bunch of shits, but if your ok with them then they’ll be fine with you.

  29. Had a week of thunderstorms here in Cyprus. 90 MPH winds and loads of lightning. Few Hailstones lately and snow on the mountains, but none yet on the coast. Guess I,ll just have to watch the Lads woppin it up Brummie down @ the Frog & Toad in me T-shirt.
    Sorry lads, It,s a shitty job but someones got to do it. All the best at the game. Toon win 3-1. Ranger and Nolan 2. HOWAY THE LADS.

  30. ah coolio,

    will wear them then, getting name put on shirt too tomorrow morning. sadly its gunna cost me £24

    eek

    >.<

  31. Lads people who are saying that we are going that we are going to score 3 or even 2 goals are being a bit optimistic, Birmingham have only conceded 6 goals at home in 8 games and have played Spuds, Chelski, Liverpool and Villa at home……… So be prepared for a frustrating day up front Mr Carroll!

    I hope he proves he wrong and bags another hat-trick!!

  32. well the pain is back,swear to god that quack is a mackum,black and blue all owr,thanks lads for your good wishes nice of yous,icepup kept me up-dated,toonsy tried to keep yous in order.
    think there could be fireworks with bowyer and daves mate j.b.hope nee one gets s.o.

    weather girl says could be 8in overnight,whos she trying to kid,seen the face on it :)

  33. Not expecting the walkover that Ed and many others seem to be predicitng…Birmingham finished well in the league last year, whether a fluke or not, and they are a very tough team to beat. I’d take a draw to be fair, but if the lads are up for it we could get full points in a hard fought game..2-1/2-0 to the toon hopefully!

  34. Here is an interesting stat. Both NUFC and Birm usually score @ 28 minutes into the game. Whoever scores first, will be vulnerable to a quick counter.

    This is a game that Birm are looking for a massive rebound after stinking up vs. the dirty Wolves. Their press and blogs are all but conceding that they will lose the two or three after NUFC. So NUFC is a big target for them.

    All the above taken into consideration, NUFC has the talent to win. I would not be surprised to see a 4-5-1 with Jonas being the designated player to run in and try to deliver crosses or get off shots. But this is AP’s first game where he devises the tactics and picks the squad, so we all could be in for a big surprise.

  35. RICHIETOON you telt us you were just driving aboot when you went away to germany,well big dave sent me your hols snaps and cops are still after you abroad,
    mind could dee with a few of these balls on sat :)

  36. ‘This is a game that Birm are looking for a massive rebound after stinking up vs. the dirty Wolves. Their press and blogs are all but conceding that they will lose the two or three after NUFC. So NUFC is a big target for them.’

    Well there ye gan newcastle. Ye’ve been telt. Pardew make sure they understand this. No more halfed arsed performances plz. Get out there and get stuck into them! HWTL!! :)

  37. Good to see you back icedog, it’ll be alright big dave, toonsy is locked in a cage. Most blues fans like us as we now hate villa and beat them 6-0 ;)

  38. Jay thats right you arn’t good enough for Toonsy this week, but sure it will give you a break until the next away game when he wants to be your mate again ;)
    Ice I think we will sneak it too ;0 thats what I missed when you wern’t on someone that knows a bit :) as for Joey he wont fall into that trap this time mate

  39. where is batty the slag,watch they divent follow your foot-prints in the snow mind :)

    what ye ganning for sat m8

  40. RICHIE,takes one to know one they say ;),mind dave could have got vids mixed up must be toonsy,your lass ganning with you sat,might just nick it m8,wonder if pardew will try jonas on right?

  41. Ice he might be round the same age as Toonsy but like Richie toonsy has no hair and the guy is about half the size :lol:
    He looks a bit like Jay only a bit taller ;)

  42. Think it’ll be a 1-0 win with Nolan getting the goal.

    Apparently the Brum players have cancelled their crimbo party cos of how shit they are – hopefully we can get them to chuck out their New Years bash as well :lol:

  43. Dave :-)

    All I ever get for Christmas is a sweater…this year I would prefer a screamer or a moaner ;-)

  44. Big Dave I’m in Brighton mate and we had a bit of snow earlier today but it’s gone now, forecast for tonight though… I reckon she’ll be aight though you know how reliable forecasts are! either 2-2 or 2-0 to us tomorrow I’m saying! HWTL

  45. Jay sorry mate Richie sort of forced me into saying it :lol:
    Devon I hope so mate she just phoned me there to let me know she has her car all packed up, so I told her to pack some food and a quilt ;)

  46. richie,been reading back m8,so you are off in march,bull between the horns eh (no pun)good on you m8 lifes to short for maybes and mights.i know from being on here you will be a lot happier and thats what its all about and know you will do great,if i can help you in “anyway get in touch i will do all i can for you,my words are not hollow,,ask dave he knows me better.have you sold your house or rented it off?

  47. Cheers Ice, aye it’s a gamble but would regret it more if we didnt try.
    We’ll just stick the house up for sale in the New Year but it’s not really a prob as we have somewhere to live there rent free anyway.

  48. RICHIE thats good mate,said to dave one day (soon i hope)when my laddie gets settled in malta i will fix something up there for us to meet for a free holiday and have a knees up and watch some proper footy tryers,all the best and enjoy the toon for the mo

  49. Ice…ya dorty auld sod :lol:

    Toonsy/jay… if I get there on time I’m gonna try to get to a boozer called the Cricketers Arms, 10 minute walk from the stadium and away fan friendly if you’re about… Toonsy, I think they’ll do a Pimms for ya if ya ask nicely ;-)

  50. Yeah, I know now, don’t wander into the mosque and order a pint mate. I’ll be in the city centre for a while first but I’ll try to get over.

  51. BATTY where have you been you slag,been reading back blogs £100,richietoon says your always in the powerhouse in the toon so got it behind counter for you.
    what you ganning for sat.

  52. Sound richietoon. Don’t forget lads, spread the word, if someone hears a short arse with a brummie accent, do not attack, it’ll be poor little me :)

  53. Wish I was goin like. :(

    Gotta listen to damn radio.

    That justin gets all excited, you watch it later and nowt even happened.

  54. Good to have you back Ice. Can’t believe you put yourself through all that just to have a hand near your balls :lol:

  55. TOONSY forgot to say mate,happy birthday on blog,might be writting aboot cham/lge one day,can you handle that :)

  56. TOONSY never saw anything so big that i cannot do nowt with,hope i can keep the swelling and lose the pain :)

  57. BATTYS 6ft 6in with hi s high-heels on :)

    batty your bet safe.
    jokeing aside hows your young!n mate you havent said for a while

  58. Ok batty, I’m 5’7″-5’8″. Still a short arse like, but toonsy, richietoon and mark toon are all tall, makes me look about 4 foot :)

  59. Im about 6’1”-6’2” I wouldn’t wanna be any taller like. Trust me jay jay they will all get a bad back and you won’t m8.

  60. Always get a bad back anyway, think it’s because I’m a fat lazy shite who eats curry and cheesecake nearly every day and drinks plenty of lager, not my fault though :)

  61. Thank god, Ive paid enough on this bassa to last a lifetime, Plus im penniless after spending me wages on “the most wonderful time of the year” :roll:

    Why does a time when we preach about peace on earth turn people into ignorant pricks who would trample over their own children to get the last turkey or in my case Goldeneye wii with the gold controller…

  62. dog he split up with his girl ,so hes back home ,he got in the brigade but has now changed his mind , looks like he will be going abroad africa working for a private firm

  63. BATTY sorry to hear that pal,hope he does good m8,but he will always have you thats for sure.

    bloody kids dee your heed in at times eh,nowt but worry.

    later lads need,change dressing ouch

  64. Im the best in the business jay jay. They don’t call me ol’ slowhand for nowt. Come and check it out sometime. ;)

  65. During this festive season don’t forget to take time to mention those three special words to your loved ones.

    I’m off out.

  66. jay jay…thats why I need to make the most of it now :-)

    Was getting the Christmas decorations down from the loft today when I came across a present I forgot to give the kids last year, which was a shame, they would have loved that kitten.

  67. ive been told ashley is selling the club and we will be under new ownership in jan ?
    but my source is usually spot with things

  68. My guess is that if Ranger starts, (which he probably will) then he will score one.

    Im guessing 2-1 or 2-0 to ous. One from Ranger if he starts and one from Caroll. I’ll be hoping for a goal from Gutierrez too. It would be nice if he got in to great shape, have’nt liked his latets performances.

    It would also be a shame to put Steven Taylor on the bench, I think he’s done a pretty good job covering during Colccinis and Williamsons suspensions. But that’s just my opinion.

  69. @ Toonchicken

    Read in the previous post that u’r coming down to Malaysia in a couple of days? Work or holiday mate? I’m Malaysian by the way.

  70. areet lads im leaving for birmingham at 8,anyone know how the snow is dwn there,taking the bairn to his first away day,hate it to be called off.

  71. batty… its alreet I’ve got Icedog strapped to my bonnet wi a bucket of salt ;-)

    Whey off to fuel up and pick the bairn up, enjoy the match lads. HTL

  72. batty says:
    December 18, 2010 at 7:14 am
    every 1 travelling today be careful roads slippy as fck

    Jezuz Batty I didnt realise you had a soft side and cared so much for everyone :)

  73. Jose has posted on his twitter saying they think the game might be cancelled.

    Even Simpson said it’s been called off!

    Not good at all.

  74. Lickily I’d not left the house yet. Stll a shitter though. Why didn’t they just move the kick-off later to allow them time to clear the snow?

  75. well at least it gives Pardew another week to have a closer look at the squad and bring his own ideas across in training . What a pisser though , i thought 3 points were their for the taking today .

  76. Feel gutted for Richie did he drive down from north tyneside?

    Just got my 12th man pack aboot 3 months after I ordered it. :(

  77. Batty are you trying to say that Jay gives out doof info ?
    Whats the weather like ower there anyway my Daughter was going up past Lancaster about an hour ago so I hope the a75 isnt too bad as it was allways a bit of a dodgy road at the best of times

  78. dave that jays a reet hard fcker walking roond brum in his t shirt :lol: hope theres no bromgrove fans knocking aroond :)

  79. DJG says:
    December 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm
    Feel gutted for Richie did he drive down from north tyneside? :lol: poor rich

  80. Well, my granny always said “cold as a witch’s tit,” so I’ll go with what I know.

    How, exactly, my granny ever came in contact with the mammary glands of a sister of satan is another matter that was unresolved. Perhaps she was a descendant of one of the escaped witches of Salem.

  81. Batty what do you mean about poor Ice and duff info :)
    Well Jay I guess that means Toonsy will want to be your friend now for the next game, and dont let him bullshit you with the old ( oh I wouldn’t have went into the box in the end, and would have sat with you at the brum game) because you know he would have done the dirt on you ;)

  82. Whey I’m pretty sure there’s a closer BurgerKing to me hoose than the f*cka I’ve just been to!!!

  83. fuked off and fuked mate….worst thing is it’ll be a midweek one now so unlikely I’ll be able to go :-(
    I was about 45/50 min away from the stadium!

  84. ….to top it off I had to listen to the mackems winning, I wouldn’t mind but I didn’t see a single snowflake on the way there or back.

  85. richietoon says:
    …”.to top it off I had to listen to the mackems winning, I wouldn’t mind but I didn’t see a single snowflake on the way there or back”.

    Looking at MOTD tonite I see most of the Makems chose the same unoriginal fancy dress costume :)

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