This (below) is how the Championship form table looks ahead of Birmingham v Newcastle.

Despite Newcastle United’s disappointing defeat to Fulham, they remain in sixth place when it comes to form over the course of the last half dozen games.

That was the first Championship in 12 for Rafa Benitez and he looks to get back on track at Birmingham.

The Blues have had a torrid time under Gianfranco Zola and their last 18 matches (all competitions) have seen only two wins.

With four defeats, one draw and only the single win over fellow strugglers Wolves, they are second bottom of this Championship form table – only a desperate Rotherham side keeping them off the bottom.

Huddersfield’s defeat on Friday night sees them drop to 10th in the form table, whilst Brighton and Leeds are 3rd & 4th and hopefully Garry Monk’s team can take at least a point later today when they meet at Elland Road.

Championship form table over the past six matches:

championship form table

Birmingham’s last six results with latest one listed first;

Cardiff 1 Birmingham 1

Birmingham 0 Wigan 1

Birmingham 1 Leeds 3

Wolves 1 Birmingham 2

Birmingham 1 QPR 4

Preston 2 Birmingham 1

Newcastle’s last six results also listed with the latest result first;

Newcastle 1 Fulham 3

Reading 0 Newcastle 0

Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 3

Brighton 1 Newcastle 2

Newcastle 2 Bristol City 2

Newcastle 2 Villa 0