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Champions League Groups A-D Predictions

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Ahhh, the Champions League is finally upon us. Another year of amazing goals, unexpected twists, and yes, more Mourinho nonsense. But before any match kicks off tomorrow, let’s look at how your favorite team will fare in this year’s competition.

 

Group A

PSG

Real Madrid

Malmo FF
Shakhtar Donetsk

If you say that you won’t be drooling over the fixture of Real Madrid vs PSG then you are lying to yourself. The match between these two financial powerhouses will certainly decide the group. With superstars like Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, Bale, and Di Maria at both teams’ disposal, it will be hard to keep our eyes off the Tv. Although both teams have gone off to a fairly average start in their respective domestic league, it will be hard to pick out a winner of the group. But hey, I’ll give it a shot.

 

My prediction:

Ronaldo will be too powerful for the French side and nick the first place spot for the madridistas.

Game to Watch:

Real Madrid vs PSG at the Santiago Bernabeu. With the boos and whistles of the Madrid fans serenading the Parisian side, it will be interesting to see if they can go to Spain and steal 3 points.

Story of the Group:Ibrahimovic returns home

 Yes, the almighty Zlatan Ibrahimovic will for the first time in his career return to the ground where it all began. While Malmo will fight for that Europa League spot, they also will have to build a throne for the arrival of their former king.

 

Group B

PSV

Manchester United

CSKA Moscow

Wolfsburg

Calm down United fans it will not be that easy. Wolfsburg may have sold their MVP of last season, Kevin De Bruyne, but they are still a team to be wary of. With the likes of Dante, Andre Schurrle, Julian Draxler, and, ahem, Nicklas Bendtner, the German side could very easily finish top of the group. Also the English side will have to travel to the cold of Russia to face a Moscow side that proved to be too much in recent years to their city rivals. But it is not all that bad, with new boy Anthony Martial showing potential and Memphis Depay saving his best performances for Europe, and probably most fortunate of all Rooney set to miss Tuesday’s clash, things do not look to bad for United.

My Prediction:

It will be a real dog fight between United and Wolfsburg, but United will ultimately pull it out.

Game to Watch:

Manchester United vs Wolfsburg. The last game in the group stage which could be pivotal in deciding the winner of the group. With Wolfsburg’s fans providing a twelfth man against United, the atmosphere will be electric.

Story of the Group: United return to the Champions League After One Year Hiatus.

Louis Van Gaal was successful in restoring Champions League football back to Old Trafford but that job is not done. Could a stale run in the Champions League result in the sacking of the Dutch manager?

 

Group C

Benfica

Atletico Madrid

FC Astana

Galatasaray

 

Football hipsters will be licking their lips at the sight of the meeting between Benfica and Atletico Madrid. It will be interesting to see if the Spanish side can recapture their magical run from two years only to have their hearts broken from their bitter city rivals. Although their squad is significantly weaker, with Diego Simeone anything is possible.

 

My Prediction:

Atletico will wrap up first place with ease but it will be a real scrap for second between Benfica and Galatasaray. I think the intricate football of the Portuguese side will be too much for Galatasaray.

 

Game to Watch: Galatasaray vs Benfica. There is no secret that the Turkish fans are passionate which is illustrated by their big banners, red flares, and overall noise from the crowd. If Benfica can leave Turkey with a point they can consider themselves lucky.

Story of

 

Story of the Group: Fc Astana Make History

As being the first central Asian team in this European competition, the club Kazakhstan will want to make a stamp on Champions League terf.  

 

Group D

Juventus

Manchester CIty

Borussia Monchengladbach

Sevilla

Well, well, well, it looks as if we have stumbled across our group of death. A lot has changed since last years competition. Juventus went from a Cinderella story by making the finals against all odds to 16th in the Serie A without a single victory. And while Manchester City have never shown a consistent string of performances in Europe, their recent form in the Premier League could mean they finish top in their group for once. But we have to introduce our dark horse of the tournament, Sevilla. The Spanish side, coming off of two consecutive Europa League finals wins, could be a surprise to most. WIth Unai Emery’s side is playing their best football in years and the deteriorating form of Juventus, do not be surprised when Sevilla send Juventus to the Europa League.

My Prediction:

If City can transfer their form in the Premier League to Europe, they will finish first without a doubt. As for Juventus, they will have to show major improvements if they want to have a single chance of getting passed Sevilla.

Game to Watch: Manchester City vs Sevilla

While the Etihad will try to muster up the atmosphere for the big European nights they have never quite captured, Sevilla will provide a great game of football that will be entertaining for the neutral.

Story of the Group: Will City Finally get the First Place Finish?

In the recent years City have always been burdened with the most difficult draw. Whether they get Bayern Munich (three times), Real Madrid, or Borussia Dortmund, life is going to hard for the blue side of Manchester. But a rare occasion has happened in the north west of England, they are the strongest of the group. Whether they decide to take advantage of this years group or not, they have no one to blame but themselves. And I believe anything less than a semi-final berth could put Manuel Pellegrini on the hot seat.

Ahhh, the Champions League is finally upon us. Another year of amazing goals, unexpected twists, and yes, more Mourinho nonsense. But before any match kicks off tomorrow, let’s look at how your favorite team will fare in this year’s competition.

 

Group A

PSG

Real Madrid

Malmo FF
Shakhtar Donetsk

If you say that you won’t be drooling over the fixture of Real Madrid vs PSG then you are lying to yourself. The match between these two financial powerhouses will certainly decide the group. With superstars like Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, Bale, and Di Maria at both teams’ disposal, it will be hard to keep our eyes off the Tv. Although both teams have gone off to a fairly average start in their respective domestic league, it will be hard to pick out a winner of the group. But hey, I’ll give it a shot.

 

My prediction:

Ronaldo will be too powerful for the French side and nick the first place spot for the madridistas.

Game to Watch:

Real Madrid vs PSG at the Santiago Bernabeu. With the boos and whistles of the Madrid fans serenading the Parisian side, it will be interesting to see if they can go to Spain and steal 3 points.

Story of the Group:Ibrahimovic returns home

 Yes, the almighty Zlatan Ibrahimovic will for the first time in his career return to the ground where it all began. While Malmo will fight for that Europa League spot, they also will have to build a throne for the arrival of their former king.

 

Group B

PSV

Manchester United

CSKA Moscow

Wolfsburg

Calm down United fans it will not be that easy. Wolfsburg may have sold their MVP of last season, Kevin De Bruyne, but they are still a team to be wary of. With the likes of Dante, Andre Schurrle, Julian Draxler, and, ahem, Nicklas Bendtner, the German side could very easily finish top of the group. Also the English side will have to travel to the cold of Russia to face a Moscow side that proved to be too much in recent years to their city rivals. But it is not all that bad, with new boy Anthony Martial showing potential and Memphis Depay saving his best performances for Europe, and probably most fortunate of all Rooney set to miss Tuesday’s clash, things do not look to bad for United.

My Prediction:

It will be a real dog fight between United and Wolfsburg, but United will ultimately pull it out.

Game to Watch:

Manchester United vs Wolfsburg. The last game in the group stage which could be pivotal in deciding the winner of the group. With Wolfsburg’s fans providing a twelfth man against United, the atmosphere will be electric.

Story of the Group: United return to the Champions League After One Year Hiatus.

Louis Van Gaal was successful in restoring Champions League football back to Old Trafford but that job is not done. Could a stale run in the Champions League result in the sacking of the Dutch manager?

 

Group C

Benfica

Atletico Madrid

FC Astana

Galatasaray

 

Football hipsters will be licking their lips at the sight of the meeting between Benfica and Atletico Madrid. It will be interesting to see if the Spanish side can recapture their magical run from two years only to have their hearts broken from their bitter city rivals. Although their squad is significantly weaker, with Diego Simeone anything is possible.

 

My Prediction:

Atletico will wrap up first place with ease but it will be a real scrap for second between Benfica and Galatasaray. I think the intricate football of the Portuguese side will be too much for Galatasaray.

 

Game to Watch: Galatasaray vs Benfica. There is no secret that the Turkish fans are passionate which is illustrated by their big banners, red flares, and overall noise from the crowd. If Benfica can leave Turkey with a point they can consider themselves lucky.

Story of

 

Story of the Group: Fc Astana Make History

As being the first central Asian team in this European competition, the club Kazakhstan will want to make a stamp on Champions League terf.  

 

Group D

Juventus

Manchester CIty

Borussia Monchengladbach

Sevilla

Well, well, well, it looks as if we have stumbled across our group of death. A lot has changed since last years competition. Juventus went from a Cinderella story by making the finals against all odds to 16th in the Serie A without a single victory. And while Manchester City have never shown a consistent string of performances in Europe, their recent form in the Premier League could mean they finish top in their group for once. But we have to introduce our dark horse of the tournament, Sevilla. The Spanish side, coming off of two consecutive Europa League finals wins, could be a surprise to most. WIth Unai Emery’s side is playing their best football in years and the deteriorating form of Juventus, do not be surprised when Sevilla send Juventus to the Europa League.

My Prediction:

If City can transfer their form in the Premier League to Europe, they will finish first without a doubt. As for Juventus, they will have to show major improvements if they want to have a single chance of getting passed Sevilla.

Game to Watch: Manchester City vs Sevilla

While the Etihad will try to muster up the atmosphere for the big European nights they have never quite captured, Sevilla will provide a great game of football that will be entertaining for the neutral.

Story of the Group: Will City Finally get the First Place Finish?

In the recent years City have always been burdened with the most difficult draw. Whether they get Bayern Munich (three times), Real Madrid, or Borussia Dortmund, life is going to hard for the blue side of Manchester. But a rare occasion has happened in the north west of England, they are the strongest of the group. Whether they decide to take advantage of this years group or not, they have no one to blame but themselves. And I believe anything less than a semi-final berth could put Manuel Pellegrini on the hot seat.


Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : David Sanchez

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