After statement wins away at Brighton and Huddersfield, many thought that was that, and Newcastle had clinched promotion.

Perhaps the players bought into their own hype as well thinking the job was done.

In the last two games, Newcastle really haven’t shown up in the draw at Reading and the home defeat to Fulham, allowing the chasing pack in the Championship to close the gap.

Just three points clear of third-placed Huddersfield who have a game in hand, Newcastle really cannot afford many more slip-ups as they travel to Birmingham this weekend.

Rafa Benitez will be without DeAndre Yedlin who has been sidelined for up to five weeks while Ciaran Clark is also expected to miss out with a knee injury.

In a must not lose game for the Toon Army, how will they line up at St Andrews? Here is our predicted Newcastle team for the trip to Birmingham City tomorrow.

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