Date: 17th March 2017 at 2:14pm
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Top of the Championship with nine games remaining, six points clear of third spot with 70 goals scored. Introducing Newcastle United, everyone. But as we all know, Newcastle need no introduction to Birmingham City ahead of what will be the fourth meeting between the two clubs this season.

After a miserable 4-0 defeat at St. James` Park back in December, Blues held the Geordies to a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup third round at. St. Andrews which led to the replay – Newcastle won 3-1 in the North East.

They have bags of quality – Blues know that better than most. Yet Newcastle are beatable. Last weekend`s 3-1 reverse to Fulham was their eighth defeat of the campaign so Rafa Bentiez will not be taking Blues lightly, regardless of current form.

Gianfranco Zola could be overseeing his last game in the dugout as Blues boss, he may be there for another five years. All we as fans can do is get behind the team in their hour of need.

From the team`s supposedly in the relegation dog fight, Blues have the hardest run-in on paper. After Newcastle tomorrow, Blues face Ipswich, Brighton, Derby, Rotherham, Burton, Villa, Huddersfield and Bristol City in what will prove to be a nerve jangling end to the season. As good as that day at Bolton was, we don`t want a repeat – my nerves couldn`t take that again and my finger nails are still growing back. With a bit of luck and touching as much wood as I can lay my hands on, Blues may have just about enough to hobble home thanks to the points shoved in the bag pre-Christmas.

For reasons unbeknown to myself, I`m quietly (not quiet enough to omit it from this article) confident ahead of tomorrow. Perhaps the sole reason for my optimism lies in the fact that all of the pressure will be on the visitors, maybe it is because Blues tend to fair slightly better against better teams – who knows? I should know better by now surely?!

As always, Keep Right On!

 
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