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April 12, 2013 3:05 AM SGT
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Newcastle - Benfica Preview: Hosts' Europa League hopes hang in the balance

Alan Pardew's side head into the second leg of their quarter-final tie against the Portuguese outift needing to overturn a two-goal deficit to progress to the next round

By James McManus

Europa League - BENFICA vs NEWCASTLE, Papiss Cisse
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE

Krul
Simpson, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara

Cabaye, Anita
Marveaux, Sissoko, Gutierrez
Cisse
BENFICA

Arthur
Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Melgarejo

Matic, Martins
John, Lima, Gaitan
Cardozo

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew faces a lengthy injury list ahead of Thursday's crunch Europa League clash, with Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring), Davide Santon (hip), Cheikh Tiote (hamstring) and Haris Vuckic (knee) all set to miss the game.

Elsewhere, long-term absentee Ryan Taylor is targeting a return in time for the derby game against Sunderland on Sunday, while manager Pardew says Hatem Ben Arfa has made an "unbelievable recovery" from a hamstring injury and could be set for a place on the bench.

Benfica boss Jorge Jesus faces very few injury worries ahead of the return leg, with Eduardo Salvio remaining a doubt after picking up a knee injury shortly prior to the first leg between the two sides.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Newcastle have beaten Metalist Kharkiv and Anzhi Makhachkala in the knockout stages so far, both by a solitary 1-0 aggregate scoreline.
  • Papiss Cisse has now scored four goals in the 90th minute this season after his last-gasp winner against Fulham.
  • The Senegal striker, along with Shola Ameobi, is the Magpies' top scorer in the Europa League with three goals each.
  • Alan Pardew's side have conceded just once at home in six games in the competition this term - that goal coming during the 1-1 draw with Maritimo in November.
  • Oscar Cardozo (pictured right) is Benfica's top goalscorer this year with 28 goals, six of which have come in Europe.
  • The Portuguese outfit have scored 107 goals so far this season in all competitions.
  • They currently sit four points clear ahead of Porto at the top of the domestic league and are unbeaten in 25 games since the start of the season.
  • Jorge Jesus' side have won their last eight games in a row going into the clash.
  • Benfica's last five quarter-finals against English opposition have all resulted in elimination.


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1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
25Danny SimpsonDefender
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
13Mapou Yanga-MbiwaDefender
19Massadio HaidaraDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
7Moussa SissokoMidfielder
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
15Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
20Gael BigirimanaMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
14James PerchMidfielder
10Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
15Dan GoslingMidfielder
22Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
23Shola AmeobiStriker
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1ArturGoalkeeper
4LuisaoDefender
24Ezequiel GarayDefender
28L. MelgarejoStriker
18Toto SalvioMidfielder
20Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián GaitánMidfielder
21Nemanja MatićMidfielder
30André AlmeidaMidfielder
35Enzo Nicolás PérezMidfielder
11LimaStriker
24Ola JohnStriker
13Paulo LopesGoalkeeper
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33Jardel Nivaldo VieiraDefender
10Pablo AimarMidfielder
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