Champions League Predictions
With the Champions League group stage only a week away, we give our predictions for this season’s tournament.
Who will win it this year?
Uncle Sam – Man City – 11/2
Real Madrid are incredible but they have lost Ronaldo. I think this year it may go to an English side and that would be Pep Guardiola’s Man City.
Rob – Man City – 11/2
It’s about time that Real Madrid and Spanish football’s stranglehold over European competitions came to an end and the best-placed team to do that is the Premier League champions.
Francis – Bayern Munich – 10/1
They are ultra-consistent and they have been knocking on the door the last few years. After a disappointing World Cup for German, the Bayern Munich contingent will be rejuvenated and a top price of 10/1, they cannot be ignored.
Jack – Juventus – 8-1
Seen as perennial ‘bottlers’ after failing to win the Champions League despite being successful enough to make the final in recent years, with the newly acquired Cristiano Ronaldo (you may have heard of him) I think this is a great price and expect them to finally end their Champions League hoodoo.
Who will win the Best Player award?
Uncle Sam – Mo Salah (Liverpool)
I’ll go with Mo Salah here. What a player. The Egyptian King propelled Liverpool to last year’s final and I expect him to do something similar this year.
Rob – David Silva (Man City)
The Best Player award usually goes to a player from the team who wins the tournament and, as I’m predicting City, I think this will go to their Spanish playmaker David Silva, who will have the edge over Kevin De Bruyne due to the injury sustained by KDB.
Francis – Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
For me it’s going to be Kylian Mbappe! I don’t feel PSG can win the Champions League just yet but I believe Mbappe can win the best player award.
Jack – Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
I can’t remember the last time I saw someone as talented as the young Frenchman, and if he can repeat his World Cup form on club footballs grandest stage he will be a shoo-in.
Uncle Sam – Mo Salah (Liverpool) – 11/1
So much talent to choose from but I think I will also give this accolade to Mo Salah. Liverpool showed last season what a free-scoring team they can be with Salah being their main threat in front of goal.
Rob – Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 6/1
A boring pick I know, but Ronaldo is still the best striker in the world. He continues to defy his age and blow defences away on a consistent basis. This season could prove more difficult with his move to Juventus, but Cristiano thrives on challenges like this.
Francis – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 12/1
The big man Robert Lewandowski will fire them in and cannot be far off the top of the charts.
Jack – Sergio Aguero (Man City) – 5/1
I expect Man City to make it far into the competition and Aguero will be the one to lead them there from the front, although expect plenty of rotation with Gabriel Jesus which may hinder his chances.
Will there be a surprise package?
Uncle Sam – Juventus (8/1)
I’m not sure if they can be classed as a surprise package, however, Juventus getting Ronaldo is a huge coup and they could win the Champions League this year.
Rob – Borussia Dortmund (66/1)
Dortmund won’t be good enough to win it, but they have looked very good at the start of this season. In a group with Atletico, Monaco and Club Brugge, they should qualify and may even have a chance of topping the group, which you can get odds of 10/3 on.
Francis – Atletico Madrid (14/1)
Not that much of a surprise but at a tasty 14/1 with the final being on in the Wanda Metropolitano, you have to have a nibble on Atletico
Madrid! With one of the best coaches in World Football, they will be there or thereabouts. Keeping Antoine Griezmann was a great accomplishment! They are a real darkhorse for me.
Jack – Porto (150/1)
Portugese teams are never wildly fancied but looking at their group its very winnable with odds of 13/8 backing them to win it and this could be a key momentum builder for later in the competition. One to watch for sure.
Will there be a surprising exit?
Uncle Sam – Manchester United
Again I’m not sure if this would be a surprise, however, Manchester United have a lot of problems behind the scenes and that will only translate on the pitch. There could be another Sevilla moment heading their way this year.
Rob – Inter Milan
Tempting to say Man United too but I thought I’d pick differently. Inter probably aren’t expected to qualify in a group with Barcelona and Tottenham but I’m not even sure they’ll finish above PSV. They’ve made big signings but, judging by their start to Serie A, it doesn’t seem to have paid off yet.
Francis – Liverpool
PSG will win Group C in my opinion and Napoli will finish second! Sorry Liverpool fans but the squad aren’t there just yet. Major
improvements made but the defensive side of things needs serious tweaking and Napoli are no mugs.
Jack – Monaco
Bit of a nightmare group for the French outfit and can potentially see them to be the team to fail to qualify from the group. Atletico are a class above the other contenders and Dortmund have had a decent start to this season. Even Brugge are capable of the odd surprise.