Birmingham vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Tomorrow’s game will be the first game Alan Pardew has really been in charge of the Newcastle side, after getting a full week’s training with the Newcastle players in preparation for the game.

Newcastle played very well against Liverpool last Saturday, and at the end were worthy 3-1 winners against that improving side.

And of course Birmingham City are nowhere near as good as Liverpool are, but that doesn’t mean this will be an easy game for Newcastle – that’s very clear.

In fact we expect Birmingham to be a lot better than they were last week at Wolves, when they went down 1-0 to one of the poorer side in the Premier League.

Consistency is what Newcastle have lacked all season, and we seem to play well against the better sides, but keep our worst performances for the sides we should be beating – but we don’t.

We’d get a lot more points if we played well against the poorer sides and not  just against the better sides.

There’s little doubt that at least on paper the game tomorrow afternoon is a game that Newcastle should be winning, and new manager Alan Pardew has said that is his ultimate goal tomorrow.

A second win in a row would do wonders for Alan Pardew and the Newcastle players, not to mention the Newcastle fans, and it would give the lads confidence and also help the fans settle down a little.

There’s still some turmoil caused by last week’s latest upheaval caused by the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – the bomb thrower supreme.

As far as the line-up goes for tomorrow, we expect both Mike Williamson and Fab Coloccini to return to the Newcastle defense, at the expense of Campbell and Steven Taylor.

If indeed Steven is leaving Newcastle in January, then we think he will  be on the bench tomorrow, and Pardew will go with the players he knows will still be with him in February.

We would also like to see young Nile Ranger get a start, and while Shola Ameobi is a doubt with his hamstring injury, we will have the local lad on the bench tomorrow, regardless of whether he’s fit to start the game.

If his injury is too severe of course he’ll not even make the bench tomorrow.

Here is the side we’d like to see start tomorrow:

Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Barton Nolan (c) Tiote Gutierrez
Carroll Ranger
Subs: Harper Perch Taylor (S) Smith Guthrie Lovenkrands Ameobi

Birmingham looked hopeless last week at Wolves,  and even allowed Wolves to get a rare win, and for once manager Mick McCarthy was smiling after the game.

That’s a nice change from the usual when Mick is blaming it on bad luck, the referee,  or both for Wolves being beaten.

But the poor performance last week has had the Brum players coming out this week saying they will be much better this coming game with Newcastle, after what they think was their worst performance of the season at Wolves.

The news today is that the Birmingham players  also called off their Christmas celebration this week, they basically canceled Christmas, and didn’t have their usual party.

But let’s hope that their partying doesn’t start at 5:00 pm local time tomorrow afternoon at St. Andrews, with a win against the Magpies.

On the Birmingham side of things they have a couple of players who will not make the game tomorrow with Alexander Hleb having a hamstring injury and is doubtful, and James McFadden who is out long term with an ACL knee Injury.

Newcastle have never shown any consistency this season, but a win tomorrow will hint that the team is making progress in that area – and even a draw would be acceptable.

However, a defeat at Birmingham, following  the great win against Liverpool,  will show we are still too much of a yo-yo side.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments and your Newcastle team for tomorrow are welcome.

13 comments so far

  • CT

    Dec 17, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Wouldn`t be surprised if a sending off occurs tomorrow. Joey v Bowyer gonna be tasty.
    Expect 4:5;1 reading between the lines with Ranger impact sub if necessary. 1–1 or 2–1 to us.depends which side turns up for us really.
    Need to get at it from the start tho`

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 17, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, only thing I think will be different in your line up is Taylor for Williamson, even if he doesn’t sign. I think we’ll be putting him in the shop window.

    Draw: 2-2

    On another subject. Seb Blatter has lost it. WM in winter?

  • albert27

    Dec 17, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d be mildly content with a draw and no suspensions or silly sending-offs.

    At least that would equate to some stability and consistency following the great win vs the ‘pool.

    Haway the toon!!

  • Jose Enrique

    Dec 17, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #4


    I would just like to say thank you for all the support you have gave me on this website and i thank you for that support. I am not allowed to talk to fans on websites so i cant get in talks with people.

    thank you for the support!

  • tcbelfast

    Dec 17, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #5

    hopefully they’ll be all up for it from kick off and not leave it till 15 minutes from end.another performance like that from last weeks game and there’ll be a lot of happy folk across the land.
    2 – 1 nolan & carroll.c’mon on the toon!!

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 17, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Either a draw or a Birmingham win, can’t see Toon winning this one even though Birmingham played absolutely horsesh**e but they will hit back and look more likely to win.

    Unless Barry Ferguson is playing, that gives us a chance!

  • IndianapolisToon

    Dec 17, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Thanks for the message Jose!
    Keep up the good work on the left side and let the other guys know that you all have a strong following from across the pond.

    Regards from Indianapolis, USA!

  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 17, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Enrique rocks!! Hi from Finland!!

  • mattnufc

    Dec 17, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Enrique for Espana!

  • ToonIreland

    Dec 17, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #10

    I would like to see:

    ————– Krull ——————-

    Simpson – Taylor – Williamson – Enrique

    Barton – Tiote – Nolan – Jonas

    ——– Ranger – Caroll ———–

    I’m not just jumping on the ranger band wagon, I think the kid needs to be given a chance from the start to show what he’s about. He had a good(short) sub stint against arsenal and an even better one against Pool( deserved to get a goal I thought)

  • Brutooon

    Dec 17, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #11

    at the paper, our players are better than birmingham in all areas.

    the pressure is at them!

    howay da lads

  • chris_g

    Dec 18, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #12

    I think a mischievous person on here was pretending to be Jose Enrique 😉

    When Spanish people put exclamation marks or question marks before a word, they write them upside down. So if it really was Jose @4, I think he would have said iHola! and not !Hola!

    “It’s not a letter i. It’s an exclamation mark. In Spanish, we place exclamation marks (¡!)before and after the sentence. The same rule applies to question marks (¿?).
    Yola ”

  • Jose Enrique

    Dec 18, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #13

    HAHA @ chris g

    ive been found out!!!

    course its not jose enrique but he is my favourite player and btw i knew about the spanish exclamation mark thing but i dont know how to do them upside down 🙂

    if the game was on the team should of been

    Simpson Colo Willo Enrique

    Routledge Barton Tiote Nolan Gutierrez


    because we dont want to let in another 5 or 3 goals like we did against bolton and west brom

    also i would just like to say ED you completly underestimate every team that didnt finish in the top 5 last year. Birmingham are a very good team and if the game wasnt postponed i would of been delighted with a draw


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