After four matches, Newcastle United sit atop Group D with 8 points. Obviously, first place is preferable to fourth (just ask Manchester City), but the Toon still have their work cut out for them if they wish to advance to the knockout stage.
Newcastle United vs. Maritimo
Club Brugge vs. Bordeaux
Bordeaux vs. Newcastle United
Maritimo vs. Club Brugge
Newcastle can clinch second place (necessary for advancement) with a win against Maritimo. A draw plus a draw in the Bordeaux-Club Brugge fixture will also do the trick. The worst case scenario would be a loss plus a Club Brugge win, putting two teams right behind them at 7 points. Regardless, most observers would agree that NUFC should have little problem gaining at least a point at home against hapless Maritimo.