UEFA CHAMPIONS GROUP A PREDICTIONS
With the UEFA Champions League starting on Tuesday October 20th, now is a good time to look at each group and see what we think will happen throughout the group stage. Today we are focusing on Group A (Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, RB Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow). Now that we have the four teams, here are my predictions on how I feel the group will end up being from bottom to top.
4.) RB Salzburg
RB Salzburg for those that don’t know is the premier team in the Austrian Bundesliga. Salzburg is a power house in that league, and with the bad competition they are in the hunt to be in the Champions league year after year. They finished 3rd in Group E last year, but they didn’t have the talent in that group that they do in Group A this year. Salzburg is a good team don’t get me wrong, but having to face Atletico and the reigning UEFA Champions League Champs Bayern Munich is not ideal. I think this team is going to finish at the bottom at the table, as they draw with Moscow one game, and lose to them in the other. Salzburg will finish 0-1-5 in this group.
3.) Lokomotiv Moscow
In case you guys don’t know Lokomotiv Moscow is in the Russian Premier League and are one of the better teams in that league. Lokomotiv Moscow are in the Champions league yet again, and last season they finished fourth in their group which had Atletico Madrid, and Juventus in it. I just think this team is going to get another one win under their belt. Unforunately I see them finishing at 1-1-4 in this group. Don’t like them in any game against either Atletico Madrid or Bayern Munich.
2.) Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid got a huge upgrade for their attackers, when they got Luis Suarez from Barcelona. They are poised to not only have a big year in La Liga, but they have a big time chance at the UEFA Champions League crown this year. Atletico did get a tough draw against the defending champs Bayern Munich thought, but last year they beat the defending champs Liverpool in the round of 16. I see Atletico finishing 4-1-1 in this group, winning both from Lokomotiv and Salzburg; while drawing with Bayern Munich once and losing to them the other time. I will put out an odds blog for who I love to win the Champions League as a whole, but this team is definitely on my radar.
1.) Bayern Munich
The defending champs have retooled in a huge way this transfer window. Adding Sarr from Marsaille to add depth to that defense, and then bringing back Douglas Costa on loan to fill in for the injured Leroy Sane. Also they added Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting from PSG. He is a talented striker up front, and can help add depth for Bayern Munich as a whole. This team only loses Thiago as part of their starting 11, and they are still a heavy favorite to win back to back UEFA Champions League title again. I think this team finishes 5-1-0 as they only draw to Atletico as their only blemish to their record in the group stage.
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