Benfica vs Newcastle Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: April 4, 2013; Time: 7:05 PM UTC;
Venue: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz) — Lisboa.
The Eagles will do their best to end run of five quarter-final eliminations. Alan Pardew’s team goes to Lisbon after a heavy loss to Manchester City, while Benfica will be looking for their 5th straight Europa League win.
Benfica stands at the top of Primeira Liga with 64 points from 24 games. The Eagles have an excellent season. There are still undefeated domestically. Even though this excellent record they are only 4 points above of 2nd-placed Porto. Their present form has seen 5 straight wins. Last five home games the Eagles have finished with the same outstanding stats. Also, they haven’t lost at home in the Europa League since December 2008. Benfica are on 4 games winning run in the Europa League, having passed through Bayer Leverkusen and Bordeaux in the previous rounds.
Newcastle goes 15th in the EPL with 33 points from 31 games. The Magpies are still fighting for points and are just 3 points above the relegation zone. Their present form has seen 1 draw, 2 wins and 1 defeat from last five games. Last five away matches the magpies have finished with just 1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses. In the previous rounds of the Europa League, Newcastle have eliminated Metalist Kharkiv and Anzhi Makhachkala.
Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus has some injury problems. Argentina forward Eduardo Salvio has a knee injury. Forward Lima could replace Rodrigo, and retain his place of inside forward.
Alan Pardew has some fitness worries too, but he can count on Davide Santon and Tim Krul. Massadio Haidara, Cheikh Tiote and Fabricio Coloccini are doubts. Ryan Taylor is training, but will definitely not be involved. Haris Vuckic, Mathieu Debuchy and Hatem Ben Arfa are all sidelined.
Benfica line-up: Artur, Pereira, Garay, Luisao, Melgarejo, Matic, Martins, John, Lima, Gaitan, Cardozo.
Last three matches:
Benfica 6 – Rio Ave 1;
Vitoria Guimarães 0 – Benfica 4;
Bordeaux 2 – Benfica 3.
Newcastle line-up: Krul, Simpson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Taylor, Santon, Cabaye, Anita, Marveaux, Sissoko, Jonas, Cisse.
Last three matches:
Manchester City FC 4 – Newcastle 0;
Wigan Athletic 2 – Newcastle 1;
Newcastle 1 – Anzhi Makhachkala 0.