NUFC v BENFICA – what can we expect?

Benfica - a tricky task?

Benfica – a tricky task?

So we have landed Benfica, what can we expect from our Quarter Final opponents?

Looking at Benfica’s results this season both in the League and Europe, this is going to be a hefty task  to overcome the Portuguese.

But like eating a hotdog, holding a pie and slurping a pint at the same time whilst walking – NOT IMPOSSIBLE!

Topping the Portuguese Primeira Liga – they are unbeaten in all 22 domestic fixtures to date. Results thus far – W18, D4, L0. Scoring 56 and only shipping in 14!

In fact the Reds have only been beaten twice in European competition this season – both of those came in the Champions League and one of those being a narrow 1-2 home reverse v Barcelona.

Since they dropped into the EL from the CL they have won all four legs home and away. Including a 3-2 victory at Bordeaux where we fluffed our lines with a weakened team earlier in qualification.

So if we are going to do it, it looks like keeping them out will be just as tricky as scoring.

Oscar Cardozo is their top scorer and along with Lima, looks quality.

To win any competition you have to face class at some point. We have already dispatched the third favourites Anji – why not Benfica?

The Portuguese League is not massively strong, but they will be skilful and crafty. We will meet them with Black and White brute force and hopefully a little bit of luck.

Ball retention will be absolutely vital, lose it and we will not get it back for 5 minutes.

Our recent performances don’t fill me with hope that we will batter anyone into submission, but our doggedness and strength suggest we will not be easily rolled over by anybody. Benfica included.

Dare we dream? We DARE! COME ON UNITED. HTL

Portuguese Liga 2012-2013

No

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Pos

Pts

1

18.08.2012

Sporting Braga

home

D2-2

3

1

2

26.08.2012

Vitoria Setubal

away

W5-0

2

4

3

02.09.2012

Nacional Madeira

home

W3-0

2

7

4

23.09.2012

Academica Coimbra

away

D2-2

2

8

5

28.09.2012

Pacos Ferreira

away

W2-1

1

11

6

06.10.2012

Beira Mar

home

W2-1

1

14

7

27.10.2012

Gil Vicente

away

W3-0

1

17

8

03.11.2012

Vitoria Guimaraes

home

W3-0

2

20

9

11.11.2012

Rio Ave

away

W1-0

2

23

10

24.11.2012

Olhanense

home

W2-0

1

26

11

10.12.2012

Sporting Lisbon

away

W3-1

2

29

12

15.12.2012

Maritimo

home

W4-1

1

32

13

06.01.2013

Estoril

away

W3-1

1

35

14

13.01.2013

FC Porto

home

D2-2

1

36

15

21.01.2013

Moreirense

away

W2-0

1

39

16

26.01.2013

Sporting Braga

away

W2-1

1

42

17

03.02.2013

Vitoria Setubal

home

W3-0

2

45

18

10.02.2013

Nacional Madeira

away

D2-2

2

46

19

17.02.2013

Academica Coimbra

home

W1-0

2

49

20

24.02.2013

Pacos Ferreira

home

W3-0

2

52

21

03.03.2013

Beira Mar

away

W1-0

1

55

22

10.03.2013

Gil Vicente

home

W5-0

1

58

23

17.03.2013

Vitoria Guimaraes

away

24

30.03.2013

Rio Ave

home

25

07.04.2013

Olhanense

away

26

21.04.2013

Sporting Lisbon

home

27

28.04.2013

Maritimo

away

28

05.05.2013

Estoril

home

29

12.05.2013

FC Porto

away

30

19.05.2013

Moreirense

home

Cup Results

UEFA Champions League 2012-2013

Date

Round

Opponent

Venue

Result

Info

19.09.2012

r1gg

Celtic

away

D0-0

02.10.2012

r1gg

Barcelona

home

L0-2

23.10.2012

r1gg

Spartak Moscow

away

L1-2

07.11.2012

r1gg

Spartak Moscow

home

W2-0

20.11.2012

r1gg

Celtic

home

W2-1

05.12.2012

r1gg

Barcelona

away

D0-0

UEFA Europa League 2012-2013

Date

Round

Opponent

Venue

Result

Info

14.02.2013

r2-1

Bayer Leverkusen

away

W1-0

21.02.2013

r2-2

Bayer Leverkusen

home

W2-1

(3-1)

07.03.2013

r3-1

Bordeaux

home

W1-0

14.03.2013

r3-2

Bordeaux

away

W3-2

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