Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew welcomes Benfica tie
Alan Pardew says Newcastle's Europa League quarter-final tie at Benfica, provides "welcome relief" from a "sticky" Premier League season.
Newcastle are three points above the bottom three in the top flight, having lost four of their last six league games, including Saturday's 4-0 defeat by Manchester City.
But Pardew says Thursday's clash with the Portuguese league leaders will be a game the "brilliant" Newcastle fans will enjoy.
Uefa Europa League quarter-finals
- Venue: Estadio da Luz, Lisbon
- Date: Thursday 4 April
- Kick-off: 2005 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website