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Newcastle Look To Make It Six In A Row Against Benfica

9 years ago

With Thursday night’s match in Lisbon in mind, we have been looking through the statistics.

While Benfica might be unbeaten in  their domestic league this season, their record against English clubs in European competition isn’t quite as hot.

In twenty nine previous matches against English opposition, the Portuguese club have won 9, drawn 4 and lost 16.

In addition, Benfica have lost all five European quarter finals when they have came up against English clubs, four in the European Cup and once in the Europa League. They have also failed to win in their last five competitive matches against English opposition.

While this doesn’t suggest in any way that Newcastle will have it easy in Lisbon, what it does tell us is that there doesn’t have to be a fear factor as the best English clubs will generally beat Benfica.

Throw in the fact they failed to beat Celtic earlier this season and if you needed any further proof that the gods are on our side, when Newcastle won the Fairs Cup in 1969 they defeated a Portuguese club in the quarter finals, Vitoria Setubal.

The less said the better about our collapse and quarter final defeat to Sporting Lisbon in 2005…

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