Newcastle United as expected, have announced an unchanged side for the tough encounter at St. Andrews tonight against Birmingham City.
With Birmingham having scored only 13 goals at home in the league all season, and Newcastle having scored just 10 goals in 13 games on their travels this season, there wouldn’t seem to be a lot of goals in this one tonight, and it may even turn out to be a second 0-0 draw in a row for the Magpies.
But a win would be great for Newcastle, and take them up to 35 points and some points away from the relegation zone.
Birmingham are a well organized side, and are hard to score against, and that can be seen by the fact they have conceded just 13 goals in their 13 home games so far.
Of course Newcastle have strikers Best and Lovenkrands in the side, with Shola Ameobi out with his cheekbone injury, and it could be that all four strikers named in the Newcastle squad will again get a run-out tonight, as they did at Ewood Park on Saturday.
We’d like to see the lads win tonight, since we have a string of 6 games now without a win, but we cannot afford to lose and give 3 points to Birmingham, who are below us in the league at the moment.
Former Newcastle players Steven Carr and Oba Martins start for Birmingham, and Newcastle transfer target Seb Larsson is also in the starting line-up, with Lee Bowyer on the bench.
Howay The Lads!!
Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Ridgewell, Jiranek, Larsson, Gardner, Ferguson, Bentley, Martins, Zigic.
Subs: Doyle, Murphy, Bowyer, Fahey, Beausejour, Phillips, Jerome
Newcastle: Harper; Simpson, Williamson,Coloccini, Enrique; Barton, Tiote, Nolan (c), Gutierrez; Best, Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul, Perch, Campbell, Guthrie, Ferguson, Kuqi, Ranger