Champions League Group Stage Draw

Champions League Group Stage Draw
Champions League Group Stage Draw

On Thursday 29th August, all 32 teams who qualified for the 65th Champions League group stages discovered their fate with the tables now set and ready for the action to begin.

Who plays who?

Following the conclusion of the draw, it was made clear there are a number of intriguing groups with Europe’s premier clubs set to take on some eye-catching challenges.

None more so than Group A which sees 13-time European champions Real Madrid take on French giants Paris Saint-Germain, Belgian heavyweights Club Brugge and Turkish side Galatasaray.

Group B sees last year’s finalist Tottenham set to endure two thrilling encounters with Bayern Munich along with trips to Greece to face Olympiacos and Serbia to face the 1991 European Champions Red Star Belgrade.

Group C sees the immediate favourites with popular sportsbooks Manchester City drawn in one of the kinder groups with contests against Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, and first-time qualifiers Atalanta.

Group D features two mouth-watering ties between Juventus and Atletico Madrid whilst the inclusion of Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow ensures this set of fixtures will prove one of the tightest in the group stages.

Defending champions Liverpool lead group E and will once again take on Napoli early doors. Jurgen Klopp’s men will also need to overcome to domestic champions in Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg and Belgium’s Genk if they are to make it out of the group stage.

Group F is arguably the toughest of the lot featuring Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Slavia Prague. That is a group worth keeping your eyes on.

Group G sees Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg headline with Benfica, Lyon and RB Leipzig all involved in what promises to be one of the closest groups in which all four will fancy their chances of progression.

Finally, group H sees Europa League winners Chelsea drawn against last year’s semi-finalists Ajax along with Valencia and Lille in a draw the English side will expect to qualify from.

Who are the outright favourites?

The group stage is classed as the Champions League proper, and it is at this stage that a majority of online betting sites start getting serious about their Champions League betting odds.

As soon as the groups were drawn, Manchester were instilled as favourites to lift their first ever Champions League trophy.

Five-time Champions League winners Barcelona are second favourite.

Outsider tip – Napoli

One side to keep a sharp eye on are Italian heavyweights Napoli.

Drawn in group E with Liverpool, Genk and Salzburg, progression looks likely and under the stewardship of three-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti, the Naples club upward curve of recent seasons looks set to continue.

Napoli could prove to be a very valuable bet indeed.

The group stages run from 17th September until the 11th December so remember to check back with in BettingTop10 for game previews for the best odds.

Callum Brady is an avid football fan and overly optimistic Leeds supporter #MOT! When he is not spotted visiting Elland Road, Callum spends his time following European Football, Rugby, and has recently taken interest in the NFL. A travel enthusiast, Callum is always looking for recommendations on where to travel based on football pitches to visit.

All tips by Callum Brady

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