The biggest club competition in the world is almost starting. And this Thursday, we had the draw of the groups for the next edition of the Champions League. We have a lot of balanced groups, the famous group of death and several duels between giants right during the first stage.
The groups of the Champions League are set: The group of death!
There’s always one in all big competitions. The famous “group or death” appears once again, to the delight of football fans. On this edition of the Champions League, the Group F has the job, at least in theory, of providing us the biggest emotions on this first stage.
Amongst the teams that were drawn, the top seed Barcelona and 2 other giants: Internazionale and Borussia Dortmund. Although the Catalan side is above the rest at the moment, they will have a lot of difficulties.
Inter have been strengthening themselves, they have good perspectives for this season as well as Dortmund, that added a couple of pieces to their main roster.
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They still have in this group the boxing bag, that should be Slavia Prague. However, I believe that the team that manages to advance will be the one that takes points from Barcelona, that is the main favourite.
Barcelona is the 2nd highest rated team to win the competition, with a price of 6.00 on Bet365. The odds for the Catalans to win the group are at 1.36 currently, with Dortmund having odds of 4.50 and Inter sitting at 6.50.
On this group we have the two big favourites to advance standing out considerably in Real Madrid and PSG, while the group is completed by Club Brugge and Galatasaray.
In my opinion, these are two teams that are huge question marks at this start of the season. Real has made a lot of signings and they are still looking to find a solid way to play with new players.
PSG is more solid, but they are still struggling with Neymar’s departure, who was the player that took turns with Mbappé to save the team.
Still, they probably won’t have difficulties in advancing, with the toughest match being the one against Galatasaray away from home, who I believe will take the Europa League spot.
Another group that already seems to have their 2 representants for the next stage defined.
Of course that football always brings us surprises, but the trend suggests that Bayern and Tottenham should advance comfortably. The other 2 clubs are Olympiacos, from Greece, and Crvena Zvezda, from Serbia.
Besides that, the head-to-head record should define who finishes in 1st place. Whoever has the best record advances.
Olympiacos is a more solid team and they should pose more difficulties to the big sides.
I see Bayern ahead here. They’ve signed Coutinho, they have a very vertical team, and Tottenham might repeat their great campaign of last season, although they have an inferior technical potential at this start of the season.
This group should be led by Manchester City, without a doubt. The other clubs in it are Shakhtar, from Ukraine, Dinamo Zagreb, from Croatia, and Atalanta, from Italy.
City will probably be one of the best teams of the group stage, with neither of these opponents having a great roster, or quality players.
They are merely fighting for the 2nd and 3rd place. The big opponent of Guardiola’s team are themselves and if they have the usual intensity and volume, they will advance in this group without any difficulty.
Manchester City is the big favourite to lift the trophy. Their odds appear as the lowest ones, currently priced at 4.50 on Bet365.
This is one of the groups that I’m more interested in watching. Amongst the participants we have Juventus, Atlético de Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow.
If the Russians apparently appear as one of the worst in the group, Bayer can be a problem for the two favourites.
Although they are inconsistent in the Bundesliga, their home advantage should create a bigger balance point and be decisive when it comes to deciding who advances.
Juventus maintained their strong roster, having added the promising defender De Ligt, the midfielders Ramsey and Rabiot and also the return of their idol Buffon.
As for Atlético, they were one of the clubs that stood out the most on the transfer window. They’ve signed the promising youngster João Félix, the good Brazilian right back Renan Lodi and the defender Felipe, who stood out playing for FC Porto.
To win the title, Juventus are priced at 12.00, while Atlético pays 21.00. To finish top of this group, the favourite is Juventus, with odds of 1.61 on the top bookmakers.
In this group, the current champions Liverpool stand out. Their main opponents will be Napoli, whom they’ve already faced on the group stage in the last edition.
To complete the group, we have Red Bull Salzburg, from Austria, and Genk, from Belgium.
Although Napoli is an important force in Italy, they aren’t fighting for the Serie A title.
Still, they aren’t a big force in the Champions League. The first place of the group should be decided on the head-to-head record, but Liverpool seems like the big favourite to advance in first place without a doubt.
The odds for the current champions Liverpool to repeat their achievement and lift the trophy are at 7.00 on Bet365.
This is technically the weaker group, in my opinion. As top seed, we have Zenit, the Russian champions, and the draw meant that this group wouldn’t have any giant as super favourite.
To complete the group we have Benfica, from Portugal, that has been making magnificent campaigns domestically, but that has been getting demolished in Europe;
Lyon from France, that has some quality players, who seem to be like the big favourites to lead this group, and also Red Bull Leipzig, who has been the biggest thorn in Bayern’s side in Germany, but they still lack more European experience.
Winners of the last edition of the Europa League, Chelsea appear as favourites to lead the Group H. They still have as opponents Ajax, from the Netherlands, Valencia, from Spain, and Lille from France.
Although Chelsea isn’t a footballing powerhouse, they still have good values, and it looks like they are starting to find their stride with Lampard.
Ajax maintain the same aggressive style. However, they’ve lost some important pieces.
Valencia are fighting for a spot, and I think they have a better shot than Lille, but at the end, I believe they will both only end up fighting for a spot in the Europa League.
The Champions League starts off next month and here on Inside Bet, we will bring you news, analysis, tips and everything that involves this competition that is so important in the football world. We’ll keep in touch!