Once the season has kicked into place and the transfer window has closed its door, then the next major event on the calendar of the regular football addicted fan is the draw for the Champions League. Although the event itself does not make for the most exciting of television, the outcome is always fascinating as we can ponder at the fixtures that lie ahead. With 4 English teams competing again this season, let us take a look at who got the better end of the deal… bet-promo-code.co.uk
After victory in last years competition, Liverpool have been handed a group that on paper looks straight forward enough but could prove tricky. Although they have started the season with 4 wins from 4, the defence has looked shaky and other than a sub-par Arsenal, they haven’t encountered any in form sides. Napoli beat Liverpool last year and will fancy their chances again, and Salzburg are a team looking to make their mark and play a brand of football that could well cause problems for the Kop. Genk should be a pushover but Liverpool need to be careful…. Prediction: 1st
Now what about last years runners up? Look at totepromocode for the odds. After a mixed start to the season there are huge question marks hanging over the Spurs team and they have been handed a tricky draw for their group stage. Bayern Munich will be favourites to win the group, although fading from what they once were, they are still formidable enough to present Spurs with a handful. Then there are tricky away ties to Red Star Belgrade and Olympiakos which are never straight forward. The key fact remains that Spurs need to improve on their Premier League start, and if they do, they should be able to make it through this group. If they don’t….this could prove very tricky indeed! Prediction: 2nd
Is this finally the year that Manchester City make a Champions League final? The group stage should prove no problem as they face Atalanta, Dinamo Zagreb and Shakatar. Yes, the trips to Ukraine and Croatia may prove tricky but City have so much fire power, depth and are so good at winning the crunch games, that this group should be something of a walkover. Prediction: 1st at a canter
Last but not least, Chelsea have been perhaps given the hardest draw of all. With the transfer ban in place and a new manager blending a young side, the Champions League looks like a daunting prospect and of all the English teams, Chelsea are the ones who are looking least likely to progress. Valencia are a top side and have quality all over the pitch and should top the group and even though Ajax have lost the crux of the great team that stormed this contest last season, they still possess enough to repeat last years feat. Even Lille is not an easy game and the French side may prove tricky to break down if Chelsea aren’t firing on all cylinders. Prediction: 3rd
Whether this will be another successful season for English clubs in Europe remains to be seen but with the brand of football Liverpool and Manchester City are currently playing, it would be a brave man to bet against an English winner of the contest again!