Newcastle vs Birmingham
England League Championship
Date: Saturday, 10th December, 2016.
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Newcastle suffered back-to-back league defeats as they lost 2-1 to Nottingham last weekend, followed by a 1-0 defeat to Blackburn the previous week. The Magpies still hold on to the top position in the league table, but the gap with the second placed Brighton is reduced to 1 point. Rafa Benitez’s team were on a 9 match winning run prior to the two defeats.
Birmingham suffered a surprise loss at home in their previous league fixture, a 3-0 defeat from one of the most unlikely candidate Barnsley. They had won their previous two fixtures and were unbeaten in 4. The dropped points could prove costly as they are 5th in the league and a number of teams outside the play-off zone are slowly closing in. At the moment, there is only a 6 point deficit between them and the 5 teams below them.
Newcastle vs Birmingham: Head-to-head stats
Newcastle are unbeaten in the last four matches against Birmingham with 3 win and a draw to their name. They have only lost once in the last 10 fixtures with 5 wins and 4 draws.
The Magpies are also on a four match winning run at home in league matches against Birmingham.
Newcastle vs Birmingham: Prediction
Newcastle will be desperate to get back to winnings after suffering defeats in their previous two. Birmingham’s primary motive will be to avoid a defeat here to stop falling out of the play-off zone. The team from Birmingham have picked just 3 wins on the road this season, however they are capable to holding teams to draws. But a desperate Newcastle is a desperate proportion and we believe Rafa’s men will edge a win here.
Newcastle vs Birmingham: Bet Tips
Newcastle to win first-half at 2.00 (1/1)
Both teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals at 13/10 (2.30).