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UEFA Champions League Draw: Prediction and Analysis for Each Group

The stage for UEFA Champions League 2021-22 has officially been set with the Group Stage Draw being done with, today at the Turkish capital of Istanbul. The Clash of the Titans this year, will see some of the arch rivals and strongest competitors for the Title square it off against each other from the group stage itself; such has been the allotment of the groups. 

With the 32 participating countries being sorted into their respective groups (Groups A to H), it is now time to analyse all the eight groups and predict the outcome of each of them. 

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GROUP A: Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge

UEFA Champions League Draw: Group A

The Group of death indeed. With the two favourites of this season Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain being put in the same group, the two group-stage matches between these galacticos will be a treat to eyes. 

However, we better not write off RB Leipzig. The Bundesliga Dark horses might have lost a couple of important players in the transfer window this season but they still remain the surprise package and might very well shock the two favourites of the group. 

Predicted Group Standings: 

  1. Paris Saint Germain
  2. Manchester City
  3. RB Leipzig
  4. Club Brugge

Teams Predicted to Qualify for Knockouts: PSG & Manchester City.

Group B: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan

UEFA Champions League Draw: Group B

There are evidently two groups of deaths in the UEFA Champions League this season and Group B is definitely one of them. With the likes of Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and AC Milan in the same group, one of them is bound not to qualify for the knockouts and it is very hard to determine who that team would be. 

Porto, however, could shock everyone to rise above the odds and miraculously steal a Knockout spot which would imply that two of those big 3 clubs will have to see their way out of the competition as early as in the group stage. 

Predicted Group Standings: 

  1. Atletico Madrid
  2. Liverpool
  3. Porto
  4. AC Milan

Teams to Qualify for Knockouts: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool

Group C: Sporting CP, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas

UEFA Champions League Draw: Group C

One of the easier groups in the Competition this year. Borussia Dortmund and Ajax Amsterdam are the clear favourites to clinch the top-2 spots and the two sides will compete to top the Group table. 

 Predicted Group Standings: 

  1. Borussia Dortmund
  2. Ajax
  3. Sporting CP
  4. Besiktas

Teams Predicted to Qualify for Knockouts: Borussia Dortmund, Ajax.

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Group D: Inter MIlan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sheriff

UEFA Champions League Draw: Group D

 Serie A winners Inter Milan will battle it out against La Liga giants Real Madrid in Group D of the competition. Despite being crippled by the departure of Romelu Lukaku, Achraf Hakimi and their former head coach Antonio Conte, Inter are capable enough to provide some stiff opposition to Real Madrid, who will be the clear favourites in the group. 

Shakhtar Donetsk too cannot be written off as they had defeated Real in the previous season too. Nothing can be expected of Sheriff though. 

Predicted Group Standings: 

  1. Real Madrid
  2. Shakhtar Donetsk
  3. Inter
  4. Sheriff

Teams Predicted to Qualify for Knockouts: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk.

Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kyiv

UEFA Champions League Draw: Group E

In Group E, FC Barcelona will look for revenge for the 8-2 humiliation that FC Bayern Munich brought upon them two years ago. It will be the Blaugrana’s first outing without their former star Lionel Messi who joined PSG this summer transfer window, in a long time. 

Predicted Group Standings:

  1. Bayern Munich
  2. FC Barcelona
  3. Benfica
  4. Dynamo Kyiv

Teams Predicted to Qualify for Knockouts: Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona

Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys

UEFA Champions League Draw: Group F

Yet another revenge story will very well be seen in Group F of UEFA Champions League 2021-22 as Manchester United will seek revenge against Villarreal of the penalty defeat in the finals of Europa League last season. 

However, Atalanta can easily boss the table on a good day. 

Predicted Group Standings:

  1. Atalanta
  2. Villarreal
  3. Manchester United
  4. Young Boys

Teams Predicted to Qualify for Knockouts: Atalanta, Villarreal

Group G: Lille, Sevilla, Red Bull Salzburg, Wolfsburg

UEFA Champions League Draw: Group G

Another easy group this season featuring the probable dark horses of this season, Lille. The winners of last season’s Ligue 1 can muster some heroics to achieve great heights at the European championship this season. However, they will first have to tackle Sevilla in the group stages. 

Red Bull Salzburg, who once used to possess great threats to even the big clubs, need no longer be feared as most of their star players have moved out of the club. 

Predicted Group Standings:

  1. Sevilla
  2. Lille
  3. Salzburg
  4. Wolfsburg

Teams Predicted to Qualify for Knockouts: Sevila, Lille

Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Malmo

UEFA Champions League Draw: Group H

The battle between defending champions Chelsea and Ligue 1 giants Juventus will be easy to watch. However, if the rumoured transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus to Manchester City indeed does take place, the match will definitely lose a lot of it’s attraction. 

Predicted Group Standings:

  1. Chelsea
  2. Juventus
  3. Zenit
  4. Malmo

Teams Predicted to Qualify for Knockouts: Chelsea & Juventus

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