Summer season is over. That entirely means one factor: the Champions League is once more. This 12 months’s joint favourites, Barcelona and Chelsea, have quick turn into bitter rivals on this competitors. That competition is for sure to accentuate since they had been drawn into the identical group at this early stage of the match. The format is as follows: 32 groups contest the group stage, divided into eight teams of 4. The group winners and runners-up advance to the knockout phases, the eight third-placed groups transfer into the UEFA Cup third spherical, and the eight fourth-placed groups are eradicated. Right here is an summary of all of the teams with predictions on who we anticipate to win every group.
Group A: Barcelona (-118), Chelsea (+125), Werder Bremen (15/1), Levski Sofia (250/1)
Perhaps the Chelsea-Barcelona competition will not be fairly as intense at this early stage. Each groups will advance from this group and there’s a good likelihood they may meet once again at a later stage of this competitors. Chelsea look noticeably shakier this 12 months. Their beforehand impenetrable defence seems to be barely extra lax. That can bode peaked for the Blues. However not like the previous few years, with two Premiership titles below their belt, this season Jose Mourinho’s express aim is to win the Champions League. Nonetheless, now we have to aspect with Barcelona right here. They’re aim grading machines and will demolish Bremen and Levski, and they’re greater than able to grading con to Chelsea. At near even cash, they’re value backing to win this group.
Group B: Bayern Munich (+125), Inter Milan (+163), Sporting Lisbon (6/1), Spartak Moscow (40/1)
Inter is an tremendous worth right here and are value backing. They’ve added energy, superiority and depth to their team and after the Calciopoli scandal had been belated awarded final 12 months’s Scudetto in Serie A. Sporting Lisbon aren’t any pushovers, still Inter can and will get previous them. There may get one slight fear although. Bayern Munich is the form of staff that may run up the rating con to weak opponents like Spartak Moscow. If Bayern and Inter are degree on factors, Bayern might effectively win this group on aim distinction.
Group C: Liverpool (-161), PSV Eindhoven (+450), Bordeaux (5/1), Galatasaray (10/1)
Though they’re odds-on, it is burdensome to look previous Liverpool on this group. They’re a well-organized aspect and lifted the CL prize two years in the past. Manger Rafa Benitez is masterful at European competitors and will navigate his staff via this group with ease. PSV are a shadow of the staff they had been final season. There’s a good likelihood they will not end inside the prime two of the Dutch league, let alone replicate their above common Champions League type of current years. Bordeaux and Galatasaray are second-rate golf equipment on this competitors.
Group D: Valencia (-125), Roma (+150), Shakhtar Donetsk (20/1), Olympiakos (29/1)
It is burdensome to grasp why Roma are underdogs on this group. They’re favoured to win this 12 months’s diluted Italian league. Their team is rather a slew stronger this season each on paper and judgment by their Serie A outcomes to this point. However the Romans face robust Spanish competitors on this group. Valencia have a disciplined and masterful Champions League aspect. They’re fatal on the counterattack and stifle the offence of their opponents. This seems to be like a coin flip between Roma and Valencia, so we’ll take the Italians at odds-once morest. Hold and eye on Olympiakos. They will not win this group, still, like many Greek groups, they are often harmful of their home video games.
Group E: Lyon (-125), Actual Madrid (+163), Steaua Bucharest (10/1), Dynamo Kiev (50/1)
The collapse of Juventus has benefited no staff greater than Actual Madrid. The Spanish giants picked up a handful extra Galacticos and one of many world’s prime managers, Fabio Capello. They’re critical contenders for each the La Liga and Champions League titles this 12 months. However they should get previous their nemesis on this match: Lyon. The French aspect are perennially underestimated by the bookmakers regardless of excelling in European competitors. We’ll as luck would have it once more them once again to win this group and presumably the entire thing.
Group F: Manchester United (-275), Benfica (+650), Celtic (13/1), FC Copenhagen (50/1)
Man Utd could not have requested for a extra beneficial draw. However luck is what they will must get any extra than this stage. At this brief worth, it isn’t value sporting on the Pink Devils to win the group. Copenhagen are a harmful staff, having knocked Ajax out of this competitors. They’re an tremendous worth to win the group and are value a small punt. Benfica are strong as ever in Portugal and masterful inside the Champions League. They need to declare second spot.
Group G: Arsenal (-161), Hamburg (9/1), Porto (9/1), CSKA Moscow (10/1)
Arsenal had been the shock staff of the Champions League final 12 months, going all the best way to the ultimate and defying expectations with every match. This 12 months, they appear to be overestimated. The Gunners haven’t but settled into their new Emirates Stadium. The team look noticeably uncomfortable and can take extra time to jell. In mild of the above, it is value try-on the others. CSKA are an tremendous worth at 10/1 and the 2005 UEFA Cup champions have to be backed to win this group. Russia is an discouraging place for visiting groups and the Muscovites are greater than able to claiming outcomes from their travels.
Group H: AC Milan (-333), Lille (6/1), AEK Athens (25/1), Anderlecht (33/1)
Milan ought to cruise via this group with relative ease. They’re able to dismantlement nearly any staff on the planet and opponents like Lille, AEK and Anderlecht are hardly harmful challengers. Lille are strong in France and would possibly maintain Milan to a draw of their home leg. As normal, Greek aspect AEK shall be robust at home too, still they’re hopeless on their travels. Anderlecht do not should get on this competitors. Even at this brief worth, take Milan.