Newcastle vs Birmingham – Game Preview

Newcastle and Birmingham both have four defeats from their last six Premier League fixtures. The latest game between the two side was back in January 17 when they thrashed the Magpies 5-1 in an FA Cup third round replay.

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In Premier League, Birmingham only won one of their four Premier League encounter at St James' Park and have three defeats. The Blues win is in August 30, 2003. Newcastle will still without our injury victims, Abdoulaye Faye still our with Calf injury, Stephen ‘Nevermind About Him' Carr got hamstring and Claudio Cacapa still covering from knee injury.

Michael ‘Will Go To Manchester City' Owen also continues his thigh rehabilitation while Damien Duff have to go through the reserves team before making any comeback to first team squad.

With only one place below Newcastle position in Premierships table, Birmingham new boss Alex McLeish is keen to bring Big Sam back on his knee and set us back into our miserable situation again.

He will have most of his first team squad for tomorrow clash with us. Gary McSheffrey suffered a minor hip injury against Portsmouth a fortnight ago but he should be ok to partner Cameron Jerome up front.

Meanwhile, Garry O'Connor confirmed his fitness after a recent groin problem and have 90 minutes of play for the Blues reserves. But their skipper Damien Johnson is unlikely to be involved.

Newcastle and Birmingham past matches:

17.01.07Newcastle – Birmingham1 – 5
29.04.06Birmingham – Newcastle0 – 0
05.11.05Newcastle – Birmingham1 – 0
01.01.05Newcastle – Birmingham2 – 1
03.10.04Birmingham – Newcastle2 – 2
31.01.04Birmingham – Newcastle1 – 1
30.08.03Newcastle – Birmingham0 – 1
03.05.03Newcastle – Birmingham1 – 0
28.09.02Birmingham – Newcastle0 – 2
29.11.00Birmingham – Newcastle2 – 1
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