Newcastle vs Benfica – Match Preview


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It’s all or nothing tonight at St. James’ Park, when Newcastle will try to overcome a two goal deficit (1-3) in the second leg of the quarter final against top Portuguese side Benfica.

And since Papiss Cisse scored in Lisbon last Thursday night, the easiest way we can get through this tie is to win the game 2-0, but it will be difficult to contain Benfica tonight, and we’ll have to do it without center-back Steven Taylor, who picked up a knee injury in training yesterday morning,  and will miss the game.

But it seems as far as injuries go that Massadio Haidara is available tonight, after recovering from the knee injury he picked up over three weeks ago at  Wigan, and we’re sure the 20 year-old will get a great reception from the home fans.

The fans sent the young Frenchman multiple get-well messages of support after he suffered that knee injury, following the gruesome tackle from Callum McManaman.

And it seems James Perch is also available, and James could start at the back in place of Steven Taylor.

In his meeting with the press yesterday, Alan Pardew said that Ben Arfa is also available for this game, and he will probably make a substitute appearance at some stage in tonight’s game, and it will be great to have Ben Arfa back.

With Taylor not being available, it seems that James Perch will partner Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at the back,  and both of them played very well in Moscow against Anzhi, and helped keep a clean sheet on March 7th.

The only thing that worries us a little bit is the lack of height in defense, when we are up against 6’4″ Oscar Cordozo, which is why Alan Pardew could spring a surprise and bring in 6’4″ Mike Williamson to partner Yanga-Mbiwa tonight.

Davide Santon, Mathieu Debuchy and Cheick Tiote are out injured, although the last two will be available for Sunday’s vital derby game against Sunderland. and are likely to start that game
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This is the probable Newcastle side  tonight:

Krul
Simpson Perch Yanga-Mbiwa Haidara
Marveaux Anita Cabaye (c) Gutierrez
Sissoko
Cisse
Subs: Elliot Williamson Bigirimana Gosling Ben Arfa Obertan Ameobi (Sh)

Newcastle’s defense must play well tonight, and hopefully be able to keep a clean sheet against a side who have now won 12 successive games in all competitions, and it helped that we kept a clean sheet against Fulham last time out.

That’s really the key – and it doesn’t matter if we don’t score early – as long as we keep Benifca scoreless we are always in with a chance of getting a couple of late goals, that can see us in the final four of the Europa League.

And 60% of readers think we can do it tonight.

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We hope we can get through, in what is our 14th game in Europe this season, but whatever happens tonight – Newcastle have done very well to progress this far.

And whatever happens, the lads will start preparing for the Sunderland game, and a win in that game will see us sitting pretty in the League table, and almost in the top ten.

But first things first – and we can do it tonight.

Comments welcome.

Note:  For those attending tonight’s game (and Sunday too) please bring your scarves to the the game, as there is an effort to recreate the atmosphere at Alan Shearer’s testimonial, and hopefully inspire our lads to two famous wins.

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132 comments so far

  • mally72

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Can anyone tell me what time the gates open for the game tonight im taking my two young. Sons and want to try to beat the cues

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    both the games this week are very winabil, we have a great squat

    i think tonight is going to be very hard, because all the onus is on us to attack, which IMO we are shit at , far to much focus is on defending that our team has almost forgot how to attack as a group, corners and free kicks into the box are a joke,

    benfica can sit back and pick us off when they want to,, i dont see them not scoring, and i dont see us scoring 3 against them,,

    id love to know how pardew makes sunderland favs for the game, it can only be fitness, and PDC has just slated MO for how unfit his team is
    i would like to think our players abilty is better than theres, i would also like to think home advantage is in our favour,
    then it comes down to managers tactics, PDC is hands down a much better manager than pardew,
    hmmmm

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  • Fridge

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Torq toon

    Tonights game is a sellout. Full House. Wish i had a ticket aswell!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Mally,
    I’d guess around 6, I think it is normally 2 hours before k.o. But you might be best either checking the club website, or ringing just to make sure!

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    wouldn’t give too hoots if we get smashed tonight, the prem is my only concern at the moment and if we do get knocked out tonight at least we will have a few more days rest to finish the league on a high

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  • Spoof

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Its an all ticket game, as a result you don’t get long queue’s, so I would worry about getting there to early, get to the stadium at 7.30 and you will be fine.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    if Pard’s wants the lads to win tonight we got to play the same way we did against Fulham, full on high pressure, quick tempo and winning the ball back in there half.

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  • mally72

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Thanks lilongwe ill give them a ring to make sure again thanks and my 6 year old soon sead we R gonna win 3 – 0 so iv put a fiver on it lmao

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  • hugotoon

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Ridiculously excited about the match this evening, in spite of the first leg score. What will happen if we win? I’d go with a Pardew crowd surf

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  • Markaccus

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    All that over priced beer and dodgy fish has really messed you up, catchy.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Catchy,
    The clue as to why Pards has publicly said they are favourites is in Ed’s previous title. As for PDC being hands down a better tactician? What proves that? And Gardner has said fitness isn’t an issue, so who to believe on the fitness of Sunderland, or was that an excuse for PDC’s first Sunderland team looking woeful in the second half?

    I very much doubt Pardew is saying to his players, look, let’s face it Sunderland are favourites to win, we just have to hope they don’t play well.

    If you have proper reasons for complaining about Pards, fair enough, and sometimes you are right about him, but your comment there is nonsense mate.

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  • NorwayMagpie

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Been following the blog closely for a few years now but never really posted, figured it was time as im currently sat waiting for my flight to Newcastle (already missed my original flight). Anyway, got ticket for the game against scum. But really wanna go to game tonight aswell, reckon i got any chance of getting a ticket outside SJP? (black market or w.e)And whats a good pub to watch it at near SJP if i cant get a ticket.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Mally,

    Fingers crossed! I hope he is right!

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  • mally72

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #14

    He sead we would beat. Fulham 1-0 at the weekend so he might have a sixth sense on these things lol

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  • manxpie

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Well said lion
    Catchy how can u say pdc is a better tactician than pards I mean how many swindon games have you watched? Must be loads to come to that conclusion!

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #16

    Lilongwe Geordie

    PDC has won the 2nd div, with a team that finished rock bottom of div 1 the year previous, then had sitting in 2nd in div 1 this season, looking favs to win the league

    in his short time managing, he has done more good than pardew, with harder circumstances,

    pardew took over a good team from CH, the team has been upgraded to a top 6 team, and we still struggle against every team, cup or league

    pardew, is a very poor manager

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  • MACKEM WARRIOR

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #17

    lol you guys finally think that sunderland are favourite to win the derby even your manage is afraid of us

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  • MACKEM WARRIOR

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #18

    lol you guys finally think that sunderland are favourite to win the derby even your manager is afraid of us

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #19

    manxpie

    manx

    if you only go on what you see on the table,, last year newcastle must have been fantastic,, when the truth is we wernt, and the fact is pardew has a better team now, regardless of injuries then he has ever had at any club

    now il admit, i have never seen swindon play, but, i should not take a clever guy to figure out he is doing something right,
    its stats like
    79 for 32 against last season
    this season in a higher division. 66 so far for, 33 against,,

    this to me says he has a more baanced view on the game, not just defending

    also,, if you read anything about swindon fans, they are gutted he left

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #20

    Catchy,
    He also spent a large amount of cash relatively at Swindon. And a team that goes down should always be in and around the promotion places. Pardew has got 2 sides promoted, and won a trophy with Southampton. More than Di Canio has achieved…. (Btw, I’m not saying Pardew is a good manager, or that those facts above prove he is a better tactician, merely pointing out that your argument is baseless)

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Catchy,
    You tell Manx not to rely on what the table says, and then you quote PDC league position and table stats. Top work at undermining your argument.

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  • Spoof

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #22

    Catchy, Pardew got West Ham and Reading promoted, he got West Ham into Europe, he also got Southampton to the fringes of promotion after they recieved a 10 point penaly at the start of the season, Pardew has done a hell of a lot more than PDC, your talking nonsense m8.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #23

    Catchy,
    And on the fans didn’t want Di Canio to leave Swindon, Southampto fans didn’t want Pards gone, nor did Reading…

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  • Spoof

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #24

    Mackem warrior, the only thing which frightens us is the possibility of your sad little lot going on a riot after we have thrashed you once again.

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  • TorqToon

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Catchy – What you drinking pal???

    Di Canio spent a fortune to achieve what he did!! And already you have him down as a better tactician than pards??

    Based on what exactly?

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  • TorqToon

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Spoof – Just ignore mate. He’ll be back under his rock in no time!

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  • tooninspain

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #27

    Muckum worrier…..I’ve heard of having a chip on your shoulder, but you’ve got a stone of spuds on yours. Your heart must be bleeding with jealousy at the North-East’s biggest club playing in Europe yet again. By the way, have you joined the fascist movement yet, or are you too busy tugging away at your little radish to find the time?

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  • MACKEM WARRIOR

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #28

    Fire brigade phones Bobby Robsonin the early hours of Sunday morning…”Sir Bobby, St James Park is on fire!””The cups man! Save the cups!” replies Sir Bobby.”Well…the fire hasn’t spread to the canteen yet, sir.”

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  • MACKEM WARRIOR

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #29

    What does a Newcastle United fan do after his team has just beat Real Madrid in the champions league?Turn his playstation off and goes off to bed.

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  • dmac

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #30

    I have a good joke for you –

    Ever seen a mackem in milan?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #31

    Mackem,

    What does a mackem do when they lose to a team from mainland Europe?

    Say it is only pre season, plenty of time for things to improve!

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  • dmac

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #32

    Thought not 🙁

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  • dmac

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #33

    Im about to set off on the 4hr journey back home to watch the game tonight! And i get to slate a mackem before i left beautiful!

    Only need the win now and a perfect day.

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  • Spoof

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #34

    MW, at least we have played in the Champions league, and we have beaten Barcelona in it, and that was for real and not on a play station

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  • MACKEM WARRIOR

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #35

    you guys use europa league fixtures just to show that because of it you loose in league games nothing else why talk about European football if you can’t even respect it

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  • wreker16

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #36

    Ever seen a mackem in Europe?

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  • MACKEM WARRIOR

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #37

    its all history mate no one gives shit about history look at Liverpool for your best example

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  • hatem786

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #38

    catchy what have u some smoke this morning??hehe

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  • Spoof

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #39

    Sunderland remind me of my old underpants, they are p–s up front, s–t at the back and now that the elastic has gone, they are going down !

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  • hatem786

    Apr 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #40

    we will win 3-0 belive me:)

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