Newcastle United vs Birmingham City F.C
FA Cup – Third Round Replay
Date: Wednesday, 18th January 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: St. James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne.
The clash between the two sides at the St. Andrews a week ago resulted in a 1-1 draw, with both goals falling in the initial 45 minutes. Irish forward Daryl Murphy put Newcastle up front in the 5th minute which was cancelled out by a 42nd minute goal from Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Newcastle United are coming on the back of a tough Championship game against Brentford. Dwight Gayle opened the scoring for Newcastle in the 20th minute, but Brentford drew level through Lasse Vibe in the 52nd minute. It was Daryl Murphy, who scored the winner with 10 minutes left on the clock to give the Toons a 2-1 win.
Rafa Benitez and his men were without a win in their previous two matches after having lost to Blackburn 1-0 before the 1-1 draw against Birmingham a week ago. At home, Newcastle were defeated twice in their last four matches. Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday were the teams who earned the surprised wins, both by a narrow 1-0 margin.
The disastrous run continue for Birmingham City as they are left without a win in 6 matches with the goal-less home draw versus a struggling Nottingham Forest this weekend. This is the second consecutive draw for the Blues and the new manager Gianfranco Zola is under some tremendous pressure. Birmingham were 7th in the league table when Gary Rowett was surprisingly sacked. They are dropped down to 12th in the table as 5 league games under Zola earned them just 2 points.
Newcastle United vs Birmingham City: Head-to-head stats
The Toons are unbeaten in their last 6 games against Birmingham in all competitions, with 4 wins and 2 draws. They are also on a three match winning run at home, with the latest a 4-0 win the Championship this season.
Birmingham have won only once against Newcastle in the last 13 matches. Interestingly, that win had come under similar circumstances in the FA Cup replay on January 2007. Restarting from a 2-2 draw, the Blues thrashed Newcastle 5-1 at the St. James Park.
Newcastle United vs Birmingham City: Prediction
These are desperate times of Birmingham City, whose morale and confidence is at a lowest possible level. Newcastle are arguably the best side in the Championship and have a good account of themselves while playing at home. They have won in of their last 10 home games, while the blues have won just once in their last 9 away games. The home team to win looks like the most probable outcome here.
Also, the last four games between the two sides at the St. James’ Park has seen over 2.5 goals. So this is can be used as an alternate option.
Newcastle United vs Birmingham City: Bet Tips
Newcastle to win at 1.57 (4/7)
Over 2.5 goals at 1.80 (4/5).