We are two games-weeks into the Champions League group stage, and some interesting permutations and combinations are shaping up.
While there are some straightforward groups, but most of the eight groups have shaped up quite interestingly after two rounds of games.
We take a look at the first four groups, from A to D, in this feature, and predict the outcomes.
This group looks quite straightforward regarding qualification to the next round. Both Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have picked up maximum points from their first two games. Club Brugge and Monaco remain pointless, and they will have to battle it out against each other for the Europa League spot.
Atletico and Dortmund face each other in back-to-back games in the tournament to decide the winner of the group.
Predictions: Atletico Madrid to win the group and the Dortmund to finish in the second spot.
Barcelona and Inter Milan have picked up maximum points in their first two games. However, Tottenham can’t be ruled out just yet. Spurs have lost to Inter and Barca, but they should pick up six points from their next two games, against PSV Eindhoven. Meanwhile, Inter and Barcelona are set to face each other, and we don’t see the Italians picking up a single point against the Catalans.
We expect a very tight finish for the second spot, and it’s very likely to come down to Inter’s visit to Wembley Stadium in the last week of November.
Predictions: Barcelona and Tottenham to qualify.
This could be called as the Group of Death in Champions League this season. Napoli, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain are vying for top-two spots, and it looks quite close at the top of the table.
The Italian side currently tops the group with four points. Their 1-0 home win over the Reds was a considerable surprise and also a massive statement from the Naples sides. PSG and Liverpool are close behind with three points each.
It’s very open in Group C, but PSG and Liverpool have too much talent not to make it to the next round.
Predictions: Liverpool and PSG to qualify.
Porto and Schalke 04 share the top spot in Group D with four points. Turkish side Galatasaray is close behind them with three points. Lokomotiv Moscow sits bottom with zero points.
It would be quite tricky for the Russia side to make a comeback, but you can’t rule them out. Porto has a consistent record in qualifying, and we expect them to progress. It would be a close fight for the second spot, and we hope Schalke to finish ahead of Galatasaray.
Predictions: Porto and Schalke to make it to last-16.