Benfica’s Long Unbeaten Run Can Come To An End

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 scores fulham 1-0

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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21 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Apr 10, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Im trying to be up beat about thursdays game, but honestly feel it will be too much for us, and i think pards will have an eye on sunday. Last thing he needs is a derby defeat. It would be all the excuse needed for thecatchys of this world to start a hat campaign

  • Markaccus

    Apr 10, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Oooo. Geet first an aal that.

  • Mark the Mag

    Apr 10, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Can’t wait for tomorrow, these games make the mouth water.

  • Markaccus

    Apr 10, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Lmao@ hat campaign! I meant hate

  • TorqToon

    Apr 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Mark – I love a good ‘Hat Campaign”!! 🙂

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 10, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    2 of their goals where wheeled in to them by jeeves on a silver platter. we were masters of our own downfall. judging by the amount of clear cut chances we had there is no reason we cant do the same again.

    1-0 up until cisse finishes them off in 90+4th minute

  • geordiemark

    Apr 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    2-0 to the toon

    its 11 v 11 end of the day its who really wants the match first wins my bet its on the toon 🙂

  • TorqToon

    Apr 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8

    I still believe that on our day, we can beat anybody. 31 game unbeaten run?? Well it’s got to come to an end at some point!?

    Why not in the greatest city in the world in front of the worlds best fans!!


  • geordiemark

    Apr 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9


    spot on

  • Greebol1892

    Apr 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Would love to think we could get through with 2-0 but (as already mentioned elsewhere), I feel Benfica will score therefore we will need to score 4 in total.
    If we do go 2-0 up then Pardew will do his normal thing and throw extra defensive players on and sit back…. meaning Benfica will definitely score because this tactic NEVER works against quality opposition.
    Just hope we CAN actually sneak through and no more injuries! And keep Cabaye for Sunday man!

  • geordiemark

    Apr 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #11


    aye if pardew sees 2-0 he will order the troops to sit back the only way to win matches is by attacking at all times but we all know what pardew is like with his brilliant tactics

  • blew

    Apr 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #12

    I hope we rest some of our key players – Cabaye, Sissoko and Cisse for example. Sundays game is massive, we must thrash the braindead and keep
    key players fresh for that match I hope Gouffy gets a chance
    playing down the middle on Sunday. I think there
    are goals in him.

  • Spuggy

    Apr 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Such a shame we’re back where we were most of the season after nearly getting everyone fit.

    Colo, Debuchy, Santon, Tiote, Perch, HBA and Cabaye all sustaining recent injuries. Big big players for us.

    Any news on Cabaye as he pulled up at the end of the match before providing the assist to Cisse? And perch?

  • Spuggy

    Apr 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Oh and Santon?

  • ginola_tonic

    Apr 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #15

    We are going to win. I can feel it in my water. Might even score from a corner 🙂

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #16

    No reason we can’t go through. They were ok against us but we gifted them two goals.

    Sure they kept the ball nice but didn’t create many clear cut chances and we had the best chances in the game, just didnt finish them.

    They are a decent team and the score line plays until their hands but we can do it. We beat Chelsea 3-2, bet spurs 2-1 and they are both wetter than benfica.

    We turned man utd over last year 3-0 an kept all their attacking players quite that day.

    On our day, if all our lads turn up and we get behind them we can take anyone down. They will be looking at us thinking about yohan cabaye, papiss cisse, sissoko, krul, mbiwa, mr Newcastle himself Steven Taylor and then the guy who has crushed many fans hopes and dreams from the other stadium of light shola ameobi.

    I say we win and go through to fight in the semi final…..VICTORY!

  • TorqToon

    Apr 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Just been speaking with colleague who works in the UK and he has told me that we have a contingent meeting with QPR today.

    He has told me that we have genuine interest in, you guessed it, Loic Remy. He has a minimum release fee and QPR need him off their books next season.

    Samba is interesting Liverpool apparently, but he thinks he may even stay in London with spurs and follow Townsend (although harsh on Dawson who has done well this season).

    However the player they need out, yet can’t shift is Bosingwa. Sticking point is his £65k per week wages!! Crazy!

  • low fell mag

    Apr 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #18

    The main reason were still in this competion is because of Mr Pardews tactics .They have been spot on.Come on the toon

  • winnynufc

    Apr 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #19

    We are at Home anything can happen but for me we can play without pressure! All the pressure will be on Benfica they are the favourites especially with there long unbeaten record. Lets just play with freedom nothing to fear & i think we can turn them over especially with the crowd. I Think everybody should get the SCARF’S going it looked amazing at Shearer’s testomonial. Bring on tommorow cant wait HWTL!

  • Sav

    Apr 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #20

    Taylor to get the winner from a corner. That would break 2 long-running records at a stroke.

  • KRadiation

    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #21

    I really do believe we have a chance. A great chance, But so do they.

    The first match could have gone either way. We could have come away 3-0 or lost 3 or 4 nil. I’m hoping Cisse has learnt his lesson too from Fulham and uses the men around him more. I just wish they’d play the ball through to him sooner… Last week he kept edging forwards and having to pull back because the through ball wasn’t there.


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