Sam Allardyce’s unchanged Newcastle XI seeking for a revenge against Birmingham City team for last season’s FA Cup demolition. Now they have Alex McLeish as the new manager and with last Sunday 3-2 win over Spurs, they expectation is high.
That wouldn’t be easy for them as the United lads who are almost inflicting Arsenal’s first defeat of the season on Wednesday night, will look to get back to winning ways on home soil to payback the Geordies never-ending support.
Birmingham are without club captain Damien Johnson, but welcoming back their midfielder Gary McSheffrey who has a minor hip injury but recovered in time, while forward Garry O’Connor (groin) returns to the bench.
Shay Given, Habib Beye, Charles N’Zogbia, Steven Taylor, David Rozehnal, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton, Geremi (c), James Milner, Alan Smith, Oba Martins
Subs: Steve Harper, Jose Enrique, David Edgar, Emre, Mark Viduka
Maik Taylor, Stephen Kelly, Mathew Sadler, Rafael Schmitz, Liam Ridgwell (c), Sebastian Larsson, Cameron Jerome, Gary McSheffrey, Mehdi Nafti, Daniel De Ridder, Fabrice Muamba
Subs: Colin Doyle, Garry O’Connor, Mikael Forssell, Stuart Parnaby, Olivier Kapo
Referee: Rob Styles