Newcastle Utd continue their pre season preparations with a friendly at Portuguese giants Benfica, as Eddie Howe’s men go for the Eusebio Cup.
This should be a real test for an improved Newcastle side and a trip to the famous Estadio da Luz should give fans real enjoyment.
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Benfica have been unstoppable in recent weeks; they have won five matches in a row, with just one loss in their last 11 matches.
Roger Schmidt’s men will go up against Newcastle United tonight looking to extend their winning streak to six matches.
Newcastle have had a fairly good run of form lately; although they are coming off a loss against German side Mainz they’ve already won two friendlies in convincing fashion.
Wins over Gateshead and 1860 Munich should have built plenty of confidence coming into this one.
The Magpies will hope to bounce back from their recent loss as they face Benfica; it’ll be interesting to see how they’ll fare against the in-form Portuguese side.
On one hand, we have a Benfica side that won all of their last five games; they’ve been a difficult team to beat, having lost just once in their last 11 matches and have won all their last four friendlies against Reading, Nice, Fulham and Genoa.
Benfica’s recent form is due, in part, to their high-scoring nature; as they registered 12 goals in their last three games alone.
Eddie Howe’s men are coming off a disappointing loss at Mainz; considering the way Benfica have been playing recently, Benfica should prove a tough side to beat.
The home side have not had much difficulty finding their scoring touch and have managed to find the net in their last five matches, and impressively in 27 of their last 29 matches in all competitions.
Just like Benfica, Newcastle United have scored their fair share of goals; they registered goals in eight of their last 11 games.
Conversely, the Magpies have struggled to keep the goals out; they have seen their defense breached in four of their last six games, with eight goals allowed in that six-game stretch.
Howe has brought in goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley as well as exciting youngster Sven Botman top tighten things up at the back.
England star Kieran Trippier should also provide ample support down the flanks.
It’s also fair to point out that Benfica conceded three goals in their last two games; that’s why we are predicting that both teams will score.
We’ve mentioned that Benfica found the net 12 times in their last three games alone; that’s four goals per game on average.
As a result, most of Benfica’s recent games have seen a lot of goals; their last three games went above the 2.5 goal mark, with their last two games going over 5.5.
Likewise, Newcastle have had their fair share of high-scoring games, as three of their last five games saw at least three goals scored.
Considering both teams have not had much trouble scoring goals, we should expect at least three goals here.