Birmingham v Newcastle Betting Preview

McLeish will have noted that Newcastle didn't handle the presence of Christopher Samba from set-pieces particularly well.

An out-of-form Newcastle side travel to St. Andrew's on Tuesday night to face a resurgent Birmingham side.

With both sides still hovering precariously above the relegation zone this could be a huge fixture for either team in securing their Premier League status. The Blues started this month in the relegation zone, but a third successive victory would move them into the top half at the expense of The Magpies.

Cameron Jerome may return to the starting line up after an impressive appearance from the bench against Stoke. Alex McLeish has no fresh injury concerns coming into this one.

Despite being near to full fitness this game will come too soon for Dan Gosling and Stephen Ireland. Shefki Kuqi could make his starting debut for Alan Pardew's men.

Ha-way form must get better

Despite Newcastle dominating proceedings at Blackburn on Saturday, The Magpies could not find the killer touch in front of goal to confirm all three points. It is perhaps too early to say but the lack of a replacement for Andy Carroll may prove costly in their survival battle.

Pardew's men have not won in their last six games but have drawn four in this sequence.

The home side have won four of their last five games and also secured a very credible draw against Manchester City in this period.

They have also only lost twice at St. Andrew's all season but have drawn seven of their 13 home fixtures.

Both teams certainly like to play direct stuff but Newcastle are definitely the better footballing side. The Magpies will look to their left hand side again for creativity as Jonas Gutierrez and particularly Jose Enrique caused Blackburn all sorts of problems on Saturday.

Birmingham will once again look to hit Nikola Zigic early and feed off any scraps and knockdowns. McLeish will have noted that Newcastle didn't handle the presence of Christopher Samba from set-pieces particularly well.

After an impressive performance on Saturday back the away side at 15/8 to rediscover their scoring touch and see off the Blues.

Ziggy Goal-dust

Whatever was said to Zigic before coming on as a half time substitute in the Carling Cup victory over West Ham seems to have worked. The big Serb is in terrific form and has now scored in each of his last three games. His physical nature has been causing defences huge issues and with neither Fabricio Colocinni or Mike Williamson imperious aerially Birmingham's tactics will be fairly obvious. He is 2/1 to net his fourth in four games at anytime during the 90 minutes.

Newcastle will be looking to Kevin Nolan to provide the goal threat as he now leads the clubs scoring charts with 10. He is also only one away from his 50th in top flight English football and can be backed at a reasonable 9/1 to net the first goal.

Birmingham fans have seen the least amount of goals at home all season witnessing only 26 goals in their 13 home games. They are also the lowest home scorers averaging only one a game.

Newcastle have scored the most goals outside the top five with 40 but 30 of these have come at home.

The evidence suggests that this will be a low scoring affair and odds of 7/4 for under 1.5 goals reflects that this is likely to be a tight game.

This game is unlikely to be a classic but neither team will be worrying too much about the performance if they get the result that edges them a little closer to safety.

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 14/02/2011 - 17:48 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Betting News, Newcastle

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