Newcastle flew off to Lisbon yesterday afternoon, and they will not return until Friday, and will take advantage of the warm weather to get some good workouts completed, in preparation for the first leg tie against Benfica tomorrow night, as well as the game against Fulham on Sunday.
Tim Krul – could return tomorrow night
And even after Rob Elliot has done so well in goal for Newcastle since Tim Krul has been out, it seems that Pardew could bring back the number one goalkeeper for his first start since he injured his ankle at Metalist Kharkiv, and that was after making four terrific saves after Shola Ameobi had scored with a penalty to put Newcastle ahead, in the second half of that game.
3,200 Newcastle supporters are making the short trip to Lisbon, a beautiful city, and Alan Pardew seems to be looking forward to some crucial games for his Newcastle side, as he had this to say in the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’ve got a mouth-watering week ahead, Benfica and then Fulham at home. It is a great week for us and we want to make the most of it.” “Benfica are top of their league and they look like they’ll win it.”
“We’ve played two of the best teams in Europe, Man City and Benfica.” “But we have a good knowledge of Benfica, as they have of us.” “I wouldn’t do that to my team. Every game is important and it is about momentum.”
“We have got ourselves into a fantastic position in the Europa League, and now we’ve got to see it through.” “The second leg is at home so it will be a full house so we have lots to look forward to.” “But we have to make sure we do well in our Premier League games too.”
“Lisbon is a wonderful city. I’ve been three or four times.” “It is a great footballing city.” “Our fans will love it here, hopefully they can conduct themselves like at other European games.” “They have been absolutely excellent.”
It’s really a mouth-watering eleven days coming up for the Magpies, with the two European games and the two home games in the Premier League against Fulham and Sunderland, with the Black Cats game a week on Sunday.
And it’s hard to know what to expect from our lads tomorrow, after the first half performance on Saturday, but we hope that was a one-off, and that we can play somewhere near our best form tomorrow night, especially in defense, and we could then be in with a decent chance of making the last four of the Europa League competition.
That would be something.
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