Newcastle United vs Birmingham City

Newcastle have lost just one of their last 19 league meetings with Birmingham (W10 D8), 0-1 in a Premier League match at St James’ Park in August 2003.The Blues have lost their last four league visits to St James’ Park – they’ve never lost five consecutive away league games against Newcastle before.The last three seasons these sides have met in the second tier has seen one or both of them promoted (Newcastle in 92-93, Birmingham in 79-80 and both in 47-48).

With the stats at our disposal it makes sense to have a quick look at BetHut to see what the odds are like for NUFC this weekend.

What time is kick-off?

The game gets underway at the traditional kick-off time of 3pm.

Is it on TV? Can I follow it live?

Not this time. You can, however, follow all the action with the forums.

We’ll be bringing you all the build-up, live match commentary and post-match reaction and analysis from St James’ Park.

Highlights will be broadcast by Channel 5 as part of their Football on 5: Championship show at 9pm on Saturday night.

Who’s in the team?

Newcastle duo Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummatt are available to play after having their red cards rescinded by the FA. They were both dismissed during the Magpies’ 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest last Friday.

Blues will be without David Davis and Jonathan Spector through suspension. Winger Jacques Maghoma is a major doubt with illness after previously missing the 3-0 home loss to Barnsley.

Diego Fabbrini is back after being given last week off due to a family bereavement. Paul Caddis is a long-term absentee with a shoulder injury.

Who’s the ref

Andy Davies will be the man with the whistle on Saturday.

He has officiated 19 games so far this season, ten of which have been in the second tier.











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