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60% Of Fans Think Newcastle Will Progress Against Benfica

Newcastle fans can be a positive lot when the team is involved in a tough game, and so it has proved in our latest poll.


Newcastle fans – confident?

We’ve put up a poll asking whether readers think we will progress tomorrow night and a full 60% of readers think that will happen.

So it’s almost two in three fans who think we can do it tomorrow night – probably by a 2-0 score.

Here’s the current results of the poll, and it’s still open if you haven’t yet voted.

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83 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Apr 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #41

    Oh no. I think my silly name joke killed the blog.

    Ok….. Maggie Thatcher has only been in hell 2 days and has already shut down 10 furnaces. Oohh little bit of politics, there.

  • yo-yo

    Apr 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #42

    Hoofball and Direct play

    We are the most “direct” side in the EPL

    If we are playing 17% passes 25 yds + that is one pass in six
    If Man City are playing 12% passes 25 yds + that is one pass in eight.

    Basically we are only playing five 25yd+ passes in every hundred passes more than Man City.(a lower/mid ranked side for long passes)

    Dunno if the stats include goalie clearances – suspect they do.

    I’d prefer to see aerial passes of over 25 yds (ball over head height) as a defining stat for hoofers – 25yds on the deck is direct but is not hoofball imo.

    You can abuse stats really easily

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #43

    If we are back in for remy then to me that says that we know we are out of the running for PEA

    i dont think we can stop benfica from scoring.

    go ahead through yohan free kick,
    sissoko deflected strike goes in and we are all going crazy,
    pards makes us go defensive and we concede in the 85th minute,
    he brings on ben arfa who scores a magical wondergoal and its 3-1,
    goes to extra time. 30 mins of nerve shattering stretched play but no goals later, cisse pops up in the 120th minute to send us through.

    am i dreaming again??

  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #44

    lol@mark im going to pass that joke on i.e steal it haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • danuneek

    Apr 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #45

    No chance! Call me what you want but its not going to happen!

  • t00ntime

    Apr 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #46

    I personally like lens more because i live in holland so i automatically dislike belgiums ๐Ÿ˜›

    Mertens is probably the better winger, better goal scoring ratio etc. both only 25 years old. I think either one would be a great buy, but mertens would probably be quite a bit dearer so lens seems a more likely option as either wud be Back-up for aub/remy/hba (tho they wud both be good enought to start on the left)

    —Ben arfa—-marveux—-lens/mertens

    This would be my attacking team if we bought remy/aub and lens/mertens.
    U can also go more defensive with jonas, tiote, perch etc.

  • DokToon

    Apr 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #47

    gmorning all, from my side of the pond…

    i voted yes, but i tend to vote with my heart, not my head… if toon do pull it out, my neighbors will think ive lost my mind… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • yo-yo

    Apr 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #48

    The joke names are worse than Alain de Pardieu.

    2-0 Toon at half time – just like it should have been in Portugal.
    Benfica to score early second half and we’ll pile it on the last fifteen minutes. Score 87 mins for 3-1.

  • DannyH10

    Apr 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #49

    Going to be incredibly tough to win this one. Can’t see us progressing tbh.

    Would be one of the best European nights in my memory, If we do it.

    I guess we could win 2-0.


    Simpson, Mbiwa, Taylor, Haidara
    Cabay, Tiote
    Marveaux, Sissoko, Guti

    With, Ben Arfa, Mackem Slayer and Gouffran fresh for Sunday.

  • Markaccus

    Apr 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #50

    Wolfshead. You welcome to steal it. After all i stole it from facebook ๐Ÿ˜€

  • DokToon

    Apr 10, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #51

    to refer to the earlier posts, ben arfa wold look well in the dr seuss cat-in-the-hat hat…

  • Williamsonsuks

    Apr 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #52

    Team for tomorrow.





    I know That’s not Bigi’s position but tried to not use Obertan, the guy is clueless.

  • Beattie25

    Apr 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #53


  • Markaccus

    Apr 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #54

    He skinned them for pace. He dodged this way and that. Ben arfa scored a fantastic goal in his magnificent hat.

  • DokToon

    Apr 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #55

    exxxcelllent mark (in mr burns voice)
    would shola and sammy be thing 1 and thing 2?

  • bollance

    Apr 10, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #56

    Surely if remy is a money grabber then he would stay at qpr.

    If he moves it is unlikely he will be on same cash.

    If he came to us we would offer him less then he is on because of our wage cap.

  • Williamsonsuks

    Apr 10, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #57


    Seems Pardew has pissed off Jesus ๐Ÿ˜€


    Apr 10, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #58

    Don’t know if it’s true but their are rumours that we are going to be having a minute silence on Sunday.
    If its true the lads in the gallowgate will here me booing from the LEAZES corner in level 7


    Apr 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #59

    For thatcher*

  • SydneyMag

    Apr 10, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #60

    How long till Debuchy is fit again?
    don’t think the toon have won a game 2-0 decisively this season, but will still have my fingers crossed for good news when i wake up friday morning.

  • belgrade fan

    Apr 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #61

    Newc-Benf on national TV station, cant believe. Here in Serbia. Than somebody to tell me we are not a big club. And than also on Tv match vs Scums

  • SydneyMag

    Apr 10, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #62

    one of the personal conditions if we were to buy back Carroll would have to be that he played with the number ’35’

  • belgrade fan

    Apr 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #63

    physio room says Cabaye injured for Benf game


    Apr 10, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #64



    Apr 10, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #65

    belgrade fan

    i would play perch/bigi insted of cabaye .. he needs a rest.. he should march on for da imp derby game

  • belgrade fan

    Apr 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #66

    Perch for Cabs?? great sense for humor. Perch creativity -zero

  • BigKirky

    Apr 10, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #67

    Cheers for the info snippets Torq. Much appreciated, and even better when you’re givin’ the players themselves a nudge and a wink to the delights of being a hero at St. James’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve tweeted Aubameyang with the wonders in store for him being a hero at 52,000 St.James’ (written in French) type of thing, but that’s all I can really do.

  • outsidethebox

    Apr 10, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #68

    got to be
    simpson saylor mbai hairdrier
    marv cabaye anita gutti
    sissoko cisse
    hope if plan A goes wrong pardieu uses his subs to give cabaye sisoko and mbai a rest before sun


    Apr 10, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #69

    belgrade fan

    So Would U like cabaye to get injurd????

  • kevymartins

    Apr 10, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #70

    A lot of people seem to think we over achieved last season but noway they can say what they want but I watched every single match and we have a quality squad and I believe another ST now and it will be even more powerfull than what it was back then…Just imagine what’s gona happen next season if are players don’t get injuries and they jel wow

  • Jackel001

    Apr 10, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #71

    We just need to go for it! If we play like gala did in the first half and end up like them, I’ll be happy!

  • Jackel001

    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #72

    Second half sorry.

  • outsidethebox

    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #73

    lets hope on sunday howard webb dosent do his usual version of i,m more important than the players ..look at me ..its going to be a passionate game and for this game imo tiote even if fit should be left out

  • Grafton83

    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #74

    I think it’s 50/50 who gets the first goal and 50/50 again for the 2nd which is needed. By my calculation that gives us 1 in 4 chance of getting to that scoreline. Hopefully we can defend like hell until the final whistle if that happens.

    Would love to see it, will be keeping everything crossed for it but I don’t really expect us to win.

  • VanToonMan

    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #75

    Can you guys imagine this…(as an attacking sextet)



    ———————————Papa Cisse——————————

    That is disgustingly potent haha!!

  • VanToonMan

    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #76

    …Don’t forget – Tiote Anita and Marveaux on the bench….

  • kevymartins

    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #77

    Also you watch half the games from last season west brom 3-1 win swansea away chelsea away and think alan pardrew must be thick not to play 4-3-3



    _____marveaux______cisse_____ben arfa


  • belgrade fan

    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #78

    yes, I would. And HBA and Sissoko and Cisse after him.
    1st I said- p room web site says he is inj. 2nd- I really hope they r wrong and dont want Perch for him. But I m happy Graham will miss our game (Scums r without attack) and gardner picked 10th yellow so also missed

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #79

    Carrol would definitely = more hoofball. It may not be intentional but when you are that tall players get lazy and just hoof it at every opportunity. Crouch + Stoke scenario

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #80


    He ditched it to keep a certain Mr Ba happy but yes we looked far better as a 433 and always have done

    Only difference I would have with your team is maybe
    swap Sissoko’s and Marveaux’s positions.


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