Benfica vs Newcastle by Jamesington
To get to this stage of the competition Newcastle have combined an excellent home record with a solid away one, 4 wins and 2 draws at home, 1 win and 4 losses away (plus the loss to Bordeaux).
Whilst opponents Benfica will be another step up from the tie against Anji, I think Newcastle should be able to hold their own in what is likely to be a low-scoring tight affair in Portugal. Both Benfica's previous home Europa League matches have resulted in 1-goal victories, but the Magpies have done well away from home defensively and conceded in neither of their previous two games.
If the Geordies can take something from this match then they will go into the second leg full of confidence knowing that St. James' Park is something of a fortress in Europe for them at present.
Back the Mags to do everything they can to keep the tie alive for their homecoming in the second leg.
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