Champions League Group Stage: Will All 4 German Teams Advance?

Posted By Alex Blowers on October 2, 2020

Overall, it was a favorable draw for the clubs from Germany.

With the season condensed, the group stage games are split in half. The first 3 games played October 20/21, 27/28 & November 3/4. The last 3 games are played November 24/25, December 1/2 & 8/9.

That means the majority of the 32 sides will face two periods where they play 7 games over 21/22 days when you include their domestic schedules. That averages out to a game every 3 days. This will push the limits of every clubs squad depth. Expect to see a lot more rotation during this period.

Even with the fixture congestion I’m backing three of the teams; Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund & RB Leipzig to make it to the knockout stages of this years competition.

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BAYERN MUNICH

The current holders Bayern Munich have received a favorable draw in this years group stage.

Atlético Madrid will be a lot stronger after last season’s transition year. Diego Simeone used 6 new signings in their quarter final exit to RB Leipzig. With the addition of Luis Suarez they could go far in this years competition & are the only side that can cause Die Roten problems.

Red Bull Salzburg where one of the surprises in last seasons group stage with their all out gung-ho approach. They scored 16 & conceded 13 but Erling Haaland, Takumi Minamino & Hee-Chan Hwang have all moved on since then. Both these fixtures will be high scoring & entertaining games. Keep an eye out for Salzburg’s newest rising star Patson Daka to make an impression.

The most difficult part of drawing Lokomotiv Moscow is the 2400 mile journey when you play them away. Hopefully that trip will be in the first three games at the end of October & not in the second three closer to December. Many of Europe’s greatest sides have struggled in Russia’s capital on a cold winters night.

Bayern win this group comfortably with five wins & one draw away at Atlético.

Final Standings Prediction

  1. Bayern Munich
  2. Atlético Madrid
  3. Red Bull Salzburg
  4. Lokomotiv Moscow

Futures Bet – Bayern Munich to win the group -250

BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Borussia Dortmund have the easiest draw & will win all three of their home ties comfortably.

Zenit St. Petersburg provide the biggest test away from home with the 2000 mile round trip. Lazio were genuine contenders to dethrone Juventus last season but lock down halted their momentum & have struggled to find their form ever since.

No disrespect to Club Brugge but they are one of those sides here to make up the numbers. These two games will be 6 easy points for BVB.

Dortmund win the group with 4 wins, 1 draw away to Lazio & a loss away to Zenit St. Petersburg

Final Standings Prediction

  1. Borussia Dortmund
  2. Zenit St. Petersburg
  3. Lazio
  4. Club Brugge

Futures Bet – Borussia Dortmund to win the group -112 & Zenit St. Petersburg to finish Top 2 +150

RB LEIPZIG

RB Leipzig have it easier than most people think.

PSG are heavy favorites to win this group & there will be some added spice between these two after they beat Leipzig in last years Semi-Finals. Thomas Tuchel has an abundance of riches at his disposal & he’ll be able to keep his squad fresh, with his B team very capable of handling business in Ligue 1. The biggest question on my mind is what suit will Julian Nagelsmann be wearing after his horror choice back in August?

Manchester United have the better squad but they have an inferior manager in Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. Recently, they struggled against Crystal Palace & Brighton; two sides that are well disciplined & have a clearly defined game plan. That’s exactly what Nagelsmann has & Leipzig’s high press system will cause big problems for the Red Devils. Just like they did for Tottenham last season.

Istanbul Basaksehir are a 2000 mile round trip & it’s always daunting going to play in Turkey. With UEFA announcing that stadiums can be at 30% capacity the atmosphere won’t be nearly as intimidating.

Leipzig finish second with 3 wins, 2 draws (Man Utd away + PSG at home) & a loss in Paris.

Final Standings Prediction

  1. PSG
  2. RB Leipzig
  3. Manchester United
  4. Istanbul Basaksehir

Futures Bet – RB Leipzig t0 finish the top 2 -112

BORUSSIA MOCHENGLADBACH

It will be a great occasion for Borussia Mochengladbach to face European giants Real Madrid & Inter Milan but I don’t see them getting much from those games. They don’t have the squad depth & those two periods, of 6 games, across 21/22 days will be too much for them. 

Inter look really good this season & their squad depth is ridiculous. Antonio Conté has a habit of getting the best out of WB’s & I think Achraf Hakimi will be one of this years star players. They’re a real contender to win it & I like them to at least reach the Semi-Finals.

Real Madrid are in a state of transition & all of their recent transfer activity has been about lightening the books. We haven’t seen any new additions yet so it looks like Zinedine Zidane is keeping faith with last seasons squad. Los Blancos will have enough to make it out of the group stages.

Shakhtar Donetsk are a horrible club for anyone with limited experience in European football. The Ukrainian side are a difficult team & Gladbach face a 2800 mile round trip when they play them away.

Gladbach finish bottom with 1 win at home to Shakhter, 1 draw at home to Real Madrid & 4 losses.

Final Standings Prediction

  1. Inter Milan
  2. Real Madrid
  3. Shakhtar Donetsk
  4. Borussia Mochengladbach

Futures Bet – Inter Milan to win the group +180

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