Champions League Group Stage Draw: Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Friday, August 30, 2019 8:11 AM UTC

Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 8:11 AM UTC

There is plenty of value on offer in the group stage...
<div><p>Man City remain the favourites to win the Champions League after landing in a comfortable group alongside Atalanta, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb. The draw has now been made, the 32 teams contesting the tournament know their fates and the bookmakers have released odds on each group. Here we analyse where the value lies in each one:</p><h2>Group A</h2><p>This intriguing group has pitted Real Madrid and PSG against one another. Real won the Champions League three years in a row between 2016 and 2018, but they have struggled since Cristiano Ronaldo departed. They typically display sluggish form at the group stage and come alive in the knockout rounds, so a bet on PSG to win the group at 2.20 (6/5) with <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Paddy Power">Paddy Power</a> looks appealing. They have been stung by the Neymar saga, but Kylian Mbappe is a terrific forward and the Ligue 1 champions remain a strong team. Galatasaray and Club Brugge are the makeweights in this group.</p><h2>Group B</h2><p>German champions Bayern Munich are the clear favourites to win this group, but they are by no means guaranteed of success. Tottenham look like a far more attractive option at longer odds of 3.00 (2/1) with <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Betway">Betway</a> to win Group B. Spurs started the season sluggishly, but they went to the Champions League final last season and they have beaten many of Europe’s elite clubs in recent years. Bayern also started the season in poor form, but they have since signed Philippe Coutinho on loan, so that gies them a boost. Yet they were ripped apart by Liverpool in last year’s competition, and they look like fallen giants right now. Olympiakos are the real wildcard here, as they crushed Krasnodar in qualifying and they look very solid at the back.</p><h2>Group C</h2><p>This should be a total procession for Man City, who find themselves up against meagre opposition in the form of Atalanta, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb. They are all decent sides in their domestic leagues, but the Premier League champions should blow them away and they are just 1.16 to do so. Value can be found on picking the second team to qualify, although it looks tricky. Atalanta have the highest pedigree, but they are Champions League novices, and a team like Dinamo Zagreb might just spring an upset.</p><h2>Group D</h2><p>The two best defensive sides in the world will lock horns in Group D as Juventus and Atletico Madrid battle for supremacy. Both teams have started the season in fine form and each will fancy their chances of going deep into the tournament. They met in the round of 16 last season and Atletico had one foot in the quarter-finals after winning the first leg 2-0, but a Ronaldo hat-trick left them stunned. They will be keen for revenge this season, but it is hard to see Juventus failing to win the group if Ronaldo is on song, and the 1.73 (8/11) on offer at <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a> looks tempting. Bayer Leverkusen and Spartak Moscow should offer scant competition to those two giants.</p><h2>Group E</h2><p>Defending champions Liverpool have ended up in a comfortable group against Napoli, RB Salzburg and Genk. Napoli are the second best team in Italy and Salzburg are heavily bankrolled by the Red Bull soft drinks empire, but neither team is a match for the Reds. Anfield is a fortress, as they proved by thumping Barcelona 4-0 there last season. Liverpool should take nine points at home and walk this group. <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> has 1.57 (4/7) on them pulling it off, which is a lot more generous than what their rivals are offering.</p><p><a href=";a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2>Group F</h2><p>This is about as close as it gets to a Group of Death in this season’s Champions League. Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan have all been lumped together and it will be fascinating to see what happens. Inter are newly ambitious, having brought Antonio Conte in as manager, recruited former Atletico stalwart Diego Godin to anchor the defence and signed Man Utd duo Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to lead the line. Borussia Dortmund are a brilliant team and they could pip Bayern to the Bundesliga title this season, provided they have a bit of luck with injuries. Barca are one of the world’s best teams. However, odds of 5.50 (9/2) on Dortmund winning the group look tempting, as they are such an exciting side.</p><h2>Group G</h2><p>This is by far and away the weakest group in the competition. It features RB Leipzig, Lyon, Benfica and Zenit St Petersburg, none of whom are expected to trouble the latter stages of the tournament. Benfica sold star man Joao Felix in the summer, while Lyon also went backwards after losing Nabil Fekir and Tanguy Ndombele. Zenit will struggle away from home. It could pave the way for German outfit RB Leipzig to seize the group. They have been solid thus far this season under exciting new manager Julian Nagelsmann, and they look well priced at 3.00 (2/1) to win this group.</p><h2>Group H</h2><p>This is another group that fails to get the pulses racing. Chelsea are the top seeds, but they have regressed after losing Eden Hazard in the summer. They were hit with a transfer ban, so they were unable to replace him, and new manager Frank Lampard has to put his faith in youth. Valencia finished fourth in La Liga last term, and they have some decent players, but Arsenal obliterated them in last season’s Europa League and they have started 2019/20 in poor form. Ajax went to the semi-finals and won the domestic double last season, but they were woeful in Champions League qualifying after losing star players Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie De Jong. Ligue 1 runners-up Lille were also weakened by selling key player Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal. It looks hard to call, but you would have to go with Chelsea at generous odds of 2.20 (6/5) with Paddy Power. N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are quality forwards, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham are full of promise and if the defence improves they should win this one.</p></div>
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