Benfica arrived at Newcastle airport today, having won their last 12 games in a row, and they are unbeaten in their last 31 games, so what does that tell you – it says Newcastle can win the game tomorrow night at St. James’ Park.
Papiss Cisse scoring on Sunday in stoppage time
A 2-0 win will take Newcastle through, but whether we can keep free-scoring Benfica goalless tomorrow is the big question.
But we do have Papiss Cisse in form and the Senegal striker has 12 goals in total this season, just one goal behind Demba Ba, and he;’ll have a good chance to add to that tally tomorrow, after hitting the bar twice last Thursday night in Lisbon and of course he cored the vital away goal.
This is what has told the local Newcastle press corps today:
“I know I can score, but I know there are others that can also weigh in.” “Moussa Sissoko has goals in him and Yohan Cabaye or Sylvain Marveaux.”
“We are very confident going into the game.” “And we feel it’s not over yet. We can score two goals at least and go through.”
“Benfica are a very, very good team.” “They’re a strong team, and they play very good football.” “But I think we can be the better team on Thursday.”
Benfica won 2-0 on Sunday at Olhanense, and now have 67 points from 25 games, and they have dropped only 8 points all season (4 draws), and remain 4 points ahead of Porto in the Primeira Liga, with Porto beating Sporting Braga 3-1 on Sunday
Newcastle have a huge challenge ahead of them tomorrow, but there’s no reason we cannot win this game.
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