After disappointment on Saturday, Newcastle United take the trip to England’s Second city for a must-win game at St. Andrews. 3,300 Geordies will descend on Birmingham in yet another sold out affair. If you’re travelling or if you just want to find out more, here is everything you need to know.
Last time out : Birmingham 1-1 Newcastle
Playing Birmingham has been a regular staple of this season so far with Saturday’s game being the fourth meeting of the season. The previous game at St. Andrews took place in the FA Cup 3rd Round. A tight affair coming off the back of a disappointing result at Blackburn. Daryl Murphy gave United the lead in the fifth minute of the first half. However, on the stroke of half time, Lukasz Jutkiewitz equalised for the Blues. The tie ending in a draw in a less than memorable outing for United.
This Time Around
After Saturday’s disappointing defeat at home to Fulham, United will be hoping to hit back with a win in the second city. So far this season, United have won two out of the three games vs City and were impressive in their home demolition 4-0 earlier in the season. However, Birmingham will prove a stern test for Benitez’s men. City have gained four points out of a possible 12, however, are beginning to look more like the side under Gary Rowett. The arrival of Zola didn’t produce a win until a victory over Wolves last month. Benitez will be hoping that he won’t be picking up a second on Saturday.
Game and Travel Information
United fans will be travelling 414 miles to and from Saturday’s game. If you’re traveling by car leave the M6 at Junction 6 toward the City Centre. On the A38 continue to the turn-off for the inner ring road. Turning left at the island taking the Ring Road East toward Coventry. Continue for two miles and at the fourth island turn left towards Small Heath. St. Andrews is a quarter of a mile up this road. Birmingham New Street is around an 25 minute walk away from the ground.
There are many choices for pubs inside of England’s second city. However, suggested pubs close to the ground is the Cricketer’s Arms near to Morrisons. The Anchor is also a suggested choice for away fans making the journey.
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