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Newcastle vs Benfica takes place in the Europa League Quarter Final second leg on Thursday night with the English Premier League club having it all to do after losing the first leg. The game will kick off at 8.05 p.m. UK time and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Benfica won the first leg confidently 3-1 and will be strong favorites to go through tonight. However, Newcastle do have that important away goal meaning if they can just win 2-0 then they will go through on the away goals rule.
However, that is easier said than done, and they will be desperate to keep things tight at the back and not concede tonight to give themselves the best opportunity to turn this tie around.
If Benfica score twice then Newcastle will have to score a massive 5 goals to go through, and that could be almost mission impossible.
Hatem Ben Arfa will be making a swift comeback from a hamstring injury to be ready for this game. It had been feared that Ben Arfa was out for the rest of the season, but the Frenchman has been reported to be fit enough to make the bench for tonight's game.
Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon and Cheick Tiote are injured, and also Newcastle will have Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran ineligible.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said of Ben Arfa ahead of the game: "Hatem has made an unbelievable recovery. He will be involved tomorrow and I'm sure if he's needed he will be somebody who can turn the game."
However, Pardew also has said his side need to be cautious and not get hit on the counter to give up all important away goals: "They have a real, real threat on the counter-attack, and the game could easily get away from us, so we have got to be very much on our guard.
"We must approach it in the right manner, give ourselves a chance and try to get us to the end of the game in a position where we can get it back.
"I would still feel confident two goals down with 10 minutes to go, the way that we are and the potential we have in the group, and the way I can affect it off the bench."
Newcastle vs Benfica kicks off at 8.05 p.m. UK time and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.