Players to Watch: Nemanja Matic (Benfica), Papiss Cisse (Newcastle)
While Newcastle likely wanted to avoid both English and Russian opposition in the Europa League quarterfinals, it doesn't get much worse than Benfica.
The Eagles have been on fire this season, decimating all in their path in this competition while keeping it neck-and-neck with FC Porto in the Liga Sagres.
They're my pick to win the competition, and they have so many offensive pieces it's scary: Ola John has found form, Nemanja Matic is formidable as an anchor, and Oscar Cardozo remains a superb goal-scoring threat from any angle.
That said, Newcastle have found themselves recently too.
Papiss Cisse has ended his drought and looks a great player once more, while Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has stepped into the role Fabricio Coloccini left admirably.
It takes a lot to overcome the threat of Anzhi Makhachkala, but Newcastle did it over 180 minutes and should feel confident in beating anyone right now.