At St. James’ Park, the Newcaslte squad is hoping to seal their qualification for the fourth round of the FA Cup when they host a visit from Birmingham City.
The first leg at St. Andrews a week ago resulted in a 1-1 draw, and now at home, those led by Rafa Benítez want to sentence the series within 90 minutes.
Newcastle come off a 1-2 win in their visit to Brentford, to find a way back from a win after two games. At home, Newcastle were beaten twice in their last four games, so Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday were the teams that won the victories, both by a narrow margin of 1-0, but despite this, the team is among the best Local, losing just four games of fifteen in all competitions.
Meanwhile, the moment of Gianfranco Zola to the control of Birmingham is not good thing, the blues continue with a disastrous streak come of tie at home to zero goals before Nottingham Forest and thus added six games without knowing of victories, with which Zola Continues without adding victories to the control of the equipment.
The situation is so complicated, that with Gary Rowett the team was in the seventh place and with Zola that has added only two points in five games, has gone down to box 12 and by the operation inside the field, everything does Indicate that this will continue.
The numbers in direct matches say that the Toons are unbeaten in their last 6 games against Birmingham in all competitions, with 4 wins and 2 draws. Although there is a result that creates confidence in the blues, his only victory against Newcastle in his last 13 matches came in similar circumstances to that of Wednesday, that is, in the replay of the FA Cup in January 2007.
But today he says that Birmingham is desperate, his morale and confidence are as low as possible, unlike Newcastle, who is undoubtedly the best team in the English Championship, which leads, and Which, in addition, playing at home are very strong, unlike some blues who have just one victory in their last 9 away games; So we are going to rely on a Newcastle win for this Wednesday.