The 2019/20 Champions League season is the 65th edition of Europe’s premier club competition in which Real Madrid boast a record 13 titles. However, now we are at the halfway stage of the groups, the landscape of who may make it to the latter stages has become clearer as we enter last chance saloon for a number of sides.

The Favorites

We are now at the make or break stage for a host of clubs in this season’s Champions League group stages with just two games to go with a host of big names in danger of making the grade if they are not careful. However, one side in little danger is current Manchester City, who will aim to confirm their status with a quick progression.

1. Manchester City – A red card, a defender playing in goal and still the Citizens came away from Atalanta with a useful point. Is there any stopping Guardiola’s charges? We don’t think so. (+280)

2. Barcelona – The Catalan giants failed to score at home at for the first time in 46 games as Slavia Prague held them to a 0-0 but even so Barca are in pole position to qualify from arguably the toughest group. (+600)

3. Liverpool – Liverpool are copying last season’s victory blueprint and find themselves arguably one point away from qualification. (+650)

4. Real Madrid – Woes in the league have followed somewhat to the Champions League but despite this Los Blancos should have little trouble progressing with a single enough to get Zindane and co through. (+1800)

5. Paris Saint-Germain – Thomas Tuchel’s men are sitting pretty at the top of group A with a 100% record and progression already in the bag. All the way? (+600)

6. Juventus – It is job almost done for Ronaldo and co. Now all they need to do is get one more win to ensure the Old Lady stays top of group D. (+900)

7. Bayern Munich – Bayern are making this Champions League lark look easy with four wins from four but they will not want to lose momentum as tougher tests lay ahead. (+900)

8. Atletico Madrid – A surprising defeat has slightly derailed Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid’s progress but a win next time out will still guarantee progression. (+2300)

9. Tottenham – A poor start has been banished and two high scoring wins has brought back some of the feel-good factor back to North London. (+4000)

10. Borussia Dortmund – Dortmund face a battle with Inter to qualify but hold the crucial high ground with a three-point cushion over third with two to play in group F. (+4000)

Champions League Draw

Next Matches

Tuesday 26th November

Real Madrid v Paris St Germain – Champions League ties do not get any more mouthwatering than this, especially as in game week one it was PSG who dealt Real a slap in the face with a comprehensive 3-0 win. This will be epic and if PSG get the win, it will lay down a marker for the rest of the campaign.

Red Star Belgrade v Bayern Munich – Bayern bounced back well from a 5-1 hammering in the Bundesliga by Frankfurt to beat Olympiacos 2-0 and will have little fear of a Belgrade side of a couple of battering’s by Tottenham.

Tottenham v Olympiacos – Tottenham will be looking to secure their place in the latter stages with a comfortable win over a Greek side already down and out with just a single point – which ironically, they collected against Spurs.

Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk – City always seem to play the Ukrainian heavyweights but they will not mind that too much having thumped Shakhtar 3-0 away in game week one. On home soil City are too strong and the win for the favourites looks inevitable.

Juventus v Atletico Madrid – Cristiano Ronaldo comes face to face with his old Madrid rivals once more knowing that victory will see the Old Lady guarantee top spot and potentially leave Diego Simeone’s men in the clutches of Lokomotiv.

Wednesday 27th November

Liverpool v Napoli – Revenge is a dish best served cold and the Reds have been waiting for another crack at their bogey team in the hope of securing the vital three-points and to leave the Italians potentially sweating over second place.

Barcelona v Borussia Dortmund – Another crunch and mouthwatering clash as Inter Milan will be hoping Barcelona can do them a favour and get the three-points to keep their hopes of leapfrogging the Germans alive.

Our Prediction

Manchester City to win the Champions League

It is swings and roundabouts each week but as Barcelona failed to score at home in a game for the first time in 46 matches, one begins to wonder if the door is being opened for the Citizens to claim their first title. Pep Guardiola has downplayed such talk but even a draw away at Atlanta was a solid performance in which a defender had to play in goal. The stars appear to lining up for City this season and we back them to go all the way.

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 Predictions by Callum Brady

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