Birmingham vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Newcastle have been in very good form in the last three haves of football they have played.

After the dismal first half against Arsenal, the lads have come back to life, and continued where they left off against Arsenal at Blackburn on Saturday and with just a little bit more luck would have grabbed all 3 points.

The team basically picks itself and Alan Pardew says he will play the same starting eleven and the same bench, for tonight’s rather difficult game at Birmingham.

Unfortunately, Newcastle are meeting a Birmingham side showing some good form recently, in this rearranged game tonight.

They have won their last two league games, against Stoke over the weekend with an injury time winner form Zigic,  and have won four of their last 5 games  – so …… they must be due for a defeat.

It will be a very tough game against a side that defends very well, and against a team that has a fantastic worth ethic, as manager Alex McLeish certainly gets the very best out of his players.

Anybody who saw the game on Saturday at Ewood Park,  will agree that Newcastle were much the more enterprising side, and if any side deserved to win that game it was Newcastle.

Of course we may also be just a little bit biased there too.

And it is very likely to be a similar game tonight at St. Andrews, with both sides defending very solidly, and it seems that the team that will come out on top,  is the  side who can get the better of central midfield.

Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan and Cheick Tiote have been in fine form of late, and if they can get a grip in the center of midfield, you have to think Newcastle have a very decent chance of winning the game.

There are obvious keys to this game for Newcastle:

1) The defense has to continue with their solid defending and especially Mike Williamson, who will have the job of marking tall 6’7″ Serbian striker Zigic

2) The central midfield, with Cheick Tiote and Kevin Nolan in particular getting control in the center of the park, so that Newcastle can move forward and hopefully get a lot of set plays, which they have been really good at, so far this season

3) Probably the most important and difficult aspect of the game for Newcastle is whether they can score – a thing we didn’t manage at Blackburn. But at the set plays,  the two center-backs and Kevin Nolan come up, and who knows, one of them may get a goal. Certainly Fabricio Coloccini almost scored another great goal on Saturday.  But we also hope that one of our two strikers, Lovenkrands or Best can get on the scoring sheet tonight.

With an unchanged side tonight, this is the team and subs for the game:

Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Barton Nolan Tiote Gutierrez
best Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul Perch Campbell Ferguson Guthrie Ranger Kuqi

Depending on how the game goes will decide when Nile Ranger and Shefki Kuqi get on, but if we haven’t managed to score say by the 60th minute, we would expect Alan to go for it and switch the two strikers.

It’s clear form hearing Alan and the players talk in the last two days,  that they are going for the win tonight, and while they are disappointed at not notching their 3rd win of the year last Saturday, they are still in very good spirits and confident too.

And with another fantastic turnout of Geordie fans at St. Andrews tonight,  the lads could just deliver what all fans want to see – a win for the Magpies- since we have no wins on our last 6 games.

And just think, Alan will be able to have a sound sleep tonight with a win, and not even have to think too much about how disappointed the Newcastle fans will be at not winning.

He will be able to sleep very soundly if the lads can get that win tonight, that’s for sure – same here!

Howay The Lads!!

83 comments so far

  • andre29

    Feb 15, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Birmingham City FC – Newcastle United FC live on

  • Tinman

    Feb 15, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #2

    If that site works i love you

  • Mo Drysdale

    Feb 15, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Attack is the best form of defence.





    Bench: Krul, Perch, Loven, Kuchi, Fergie, Best

    1. 3 Big lads to cover the ariel threat of the Brum Freak.

    2. Simo and Jos’e working as wingbacks and covering back when necessary, Jose will put Bentley in his back pocket, and get forward at every oportunity.

    3. Jonas with free role and can go to either wing when required to create threats all over the place.

    4. Steel in the centre with Barton, Tiote & Nolan. B & N supporting Ranger when neccesary

  • partizanovec

    Feb 15, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Brum are different material compared to Blackburn, it will be tough game at St Andrews tonight. We might need to play 5 in midfield, to match them.
    I would be pleased with a point, yet again.

  • hitman

    Feb 15, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #5

    15 Feb 2011 15:06:00
    A rumour that might just interest NUFC fans my son works in the city of london with STANDARD CHARTERED BANK a russian oligarch ALEXEI MORDASHOV net worth 4billion is interest in buying the club he went to northumbria university 1998 to 2001 never missed ahome game and has supported the club ever since HE has been to hundreds of games since then was a vip at stamford bridge and the emirates other russian clubs this could be very good news or just a rumour 🙄

  • arcarius

    Feb 15, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #6

    @Mo Drysdale

    are you dalglish in disguise? 😆

  • Mo Drysdale

    Feb 15, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #7


    Age: 42

    Fortune: self made

    Source: Severstal

    Net Worth: $21.2 bil

    Country Of Citizenship: Russia

    Residence: Moscow , Russia, Europe & Russia

    Industry: Manufacturing

    Marital Status: married, 3 children

    Education: Leningrad Institute of Economics and Engineering, Bachelor of Arts / Scienc
    University of Northumbria, Master of Business Administration
    Son of mill worker parents, Mordashov studied economics in Leningrad in mid-1980s. He was later named finance director of a steel mill. When the plant’s elderly general director instructed him to buy up company shares so it would not fall into the hands of an outsider, Mordashov bought most of them himself. He became general director and built it into a conglomerate, acquiring automakers, coal companies, ports and transportation companies. Today his Severstal is Russia1s third-largest steel company but is looking to get much bigger. In a bid to expand internationally, Mordashov bought Rouge Industries of Dearborn, Mich. and Italian steel producer Lucchini but in 2006 lost widely publicized battle for steel giant Arcelor to powerful rival and fellow billionaire Lakshmi Mittal. In late 2007 he presided over the opening of a new mini-mill in Mississippi, in which he is biggest investor. One holding he cashed out of last year was Severstal-Auto.

  • Mo Drysdale

    Feb 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #8


    Just a simple Geordie lad with a football opinion mate.

  • dave 1961

    Feb 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #9

    hes worth $23b

  • john_cena163

    Feb 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Bloody cnt watch da game live on t.v, da cable operator switchd da channel

  • john_cena163

    Feb 15, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Can i watch on youtube via my 4n?

  • lewman

    Feb 15, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #12

    he sounds like a russian mafia guy like abrhovamic. probably got subsidised goods intended for russia at the fall of communism and then sold them abroad. thats how most of these guys got so rich.

    i could be wrong though.

  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 15, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #13


    very few got wealthy by other means. It was the most brutal who eventually accrued the most wealth in Russia. Even yesterday I found it hard cheering for Chelsea over Fulham (as, had Fulham won, they’d have gone above us in the table) knowing the team is run by that guy. He is an absolutely disgusting human being who has made his way to where he is by murder, fraud, corruption and theft.

    On another note, it will be a really tough game tonight but i’m pulling for a win….Oba to score, do his backflips he twists an ankle before we come firing back. 3-1 to the lads! 🙂

  • brklyngeordie

    Feb 15, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #14

    hope the lads come out confident as they did vs blackburn and control the possession nicely and this time are rewarded with a goal or two.. very winnable game tonight i believe and one that can certainly keep us focused on a top 10 and possibly top 6 finish this season and if that is achieved have to admit i would be pleased with all the turmoil thats taken place this season.. heck might even make ashley loosen up the purse strings and change a few players minds that arent sure what direction and wht the squad are capable of.. i like 1-0 Newcastle with a goal from the captain Nolan Howay the Lads!!!

  • free giveaways

    Feb 15, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #15

    These rumours about Alexei Mordashov have no substance what so ever. The only reason I think he’s name is being mentioned in connection with us is because he became a Newcastle follower when he attended Northumbria University.

    It would be amazing if it happened, I’m sure we’d get into the top 4 pretty quickly if he took over but I won’t hold my breath.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 15, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t think Ashley’s squeaky clean if this guys got between £3 & £5bn and is a supporter & wants to invest in the toon, then I personally would welcome him with open arms

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 15, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Tiote will be banned for 2 games if he gets booked again… I read this on twitter. Has he been booked 9 times this season? If so, is it an automatic TWO game ban?

  • free giveaways

    Feb 15, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Where have these stories about Mordashov come from? Just because he’s a fan and a billionaire, doesn’t mean he necessarily wants to but the club.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 15, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #19

    I think yellow cards got reset in the new year, so I assume he’ll be banned for 1 game if he gets another yellow card 🙁 Thats one thing hes gotta improve on, stop getting so many god damn yellow cards lol

  • Oleg G

    Feb 15, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Well, Actually this is a news I am willing to believe. If I was worth that much money, and was thinking of buying a football club, I would only want to buy the club I support.

  • free giveaways

    Feb 15, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #21

    There’s a massive void in our team when Tiote doesn’t play. I think one of the reasons Coloccini and Williamson have looked good this season is because Tiote is protecting them.

    At least Ireland and Gosling will be fit soon though.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Feb 15, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #22

    CMON Lads! Bring home the 3 points! It will put us up the table to 9th and he thought we’ve just come from the championship is unbelieveable!

    Prediction 1-0 TOON Ranger to get his first PL goal.

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 15, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Hopefully don’t start Peter, start Best and Ranger, go 4-4-2 and press from the start. We need better balls from Jonas. Best is not great in the air so we have to find his feet. Carpet football whenever possible. Watch out for knockdowns from Zigic to Martins. All the best.

  • The Leazus End

    Feb 15, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #24

    This site normaly does the match

  • Rafael

    Feb 15, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #25

    is KO at 7.45 or 8?

  • free giveaways

    Feb 15, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #26

    The guy we have been linked with today, Milan Badelj, looks like a very good player. His main strength seems to be his vision and passing ability, he has a similar style to Paul Scholes, Charlie Adam etc. Manchester United were linked with him last year and the price quoted then was £9m so if we can get him for 3.5m now that would be a very astute signing.

  • free giveaways

    Feb 15, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Kick off is at 7:45 Rafael.

  • The Leazus End

    Feb 15, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #28

    @ Rafael // Feb 15, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    think it depends on ya pc speed and stuff but theres 2 or 3 links

  • cyprus

    Feb 15, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #29

    saw last game on English commentary, and match analysis during the break! I’ll go with MattyNUFC’s prediction tonight. Oba scores, we turn it around, 1-3. Carr howler.

  • newcastle29

    Feb 15, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #30

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    Digi Sport +1 (Rom) Supersport 5 (Za)
    Fox Soccer Plus Tring Sport News
    Nova Sport (Bul) TV2 Sport PL (Den) +HD
    Nova Sports 2 (Hellas) Viasat Sport (Swe)
    Premier League TV +HD Viasat PL HD
    Setanta Sports Can (delay) YES Sport 1 +HD

    These are the channels showing the game tonight!

  • cyprus

    Feb 15, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #32

    That Bentley’s looked good. hopefully Jose will keep him quiet. I see him (Bentley) getting at least a yellow. Same with Bowyer.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 15, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Kick of is 8:45 in Germany 🙂 England 7:45.

    Ref links: I usually us this one. you have a choice of links can look for what you find best picture language. sometimes you can ghave 2 tabs running at once. Good picture on one but foreign language and lousy picture on another but English. Also when link gets blocked you have others quickly at hand.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 15, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Is also good. Tells signal strength and quality. Both look a bit week today 🙁

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 15, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #35

    * ghave = have & week = weak :’-(

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 15, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #36

    I’m going for a 2-0 draw for us tonight with Birmingham winning 1-0.

    So that’s all bets covered

  • kilcline

    Feb 15, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Better not start Lover and best they are sh1t.

  • henock1989

    Feb 15, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #39

    win for the 2-0..martins

  • aDeadlyTicTac

    Feb 15, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #40

    I highly recommend the Sopcast links, GeordieGerman.


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