Birmingham City vs Newcastle United
FA Cup – Third Round.
Date: Saturday, 7th January 2017,
Kick-off at 15:00 UK.
Venue: St. Andrew’s Stadium, Birmingham.
We are still unaware of what went inside that Birmingham City F.C boardroom that led to sack Garry Rowett from head-coach position. They were just outside the play-off zone by virtue of goal-difference back then in December. But now, they have dropped down to 10th in the standings with 7 points separating them from the promotion zone. His successor Gianfranco Zola is yet to win after being in charge for 4 competitive games.
Newcastle United are favourites to win the Championship this season. But they have suffered some lusty blows lately with defeats coming against Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers inside the space of three games. They also lost the leading position in the table to Brighton and Hove and are trailing by 2 points. The FA Cup won’t be a priority for Rafa Benitez, but he will be keen to see his players winning this one to boost the morale and confidence.
Birmingham City vs Newcastle United: Head-to-head stats
Newcastle United are unbeaten in the last 5 meetings against Birmingham City, picking up 4 wins and a draw during the process. Their latest meeting was on December 2016 at the St. James Park which finished in a 4-0 comfortable win for the Magpies.
The overall head-to-head record of Birmingham against Newcastle United is a poor one as they managed to win just once in 13 meetings. The lone win came in their latest FA Cup fixture on 2007, which ended in a 5-1 score-line.
Birmingham City vs Newcastle United: Prediction
There is no doubt that Newcastle United as favourites to edge a win here despite playing away from home. There are some hungry youngsters in their squad who are desperate to impress their managers and they will be giving their all in the course of 90 minutes. We might not need to look into another markets as Newcastle to win is offered at a more than attractive odd of 1.90.
Birmingham City vs Newcastle United: Bet Tips
Newcastle United to win at 10/11 (1.90).