Champions League predictions

September 26, 2011

Well the first round of Champions League group results were fairly predictable, except for Trabzonspor winning at 2010 champions Inter Milan of course.

Here’s my attempt at predicting the scores in this week’s action. If you agree or disagree then please leave a comment below. Don’t worry, registering takes about five seconds.

Playing on Tuesday

Group A

Bayern Munich v Manchester City

City obviously pose a big threat but Bayern have been in such good form I can’t see an away win. 1-1

Napoli v Villarreal

A good Champions League debut against City for the Naples side last time out but Villarreal’s Giuseppe Rossi will want to make an impact on home soil. Boring I know but another 1-1

Group B

CSKA Moscow v Inter Milan
Not the ideal game for Inter to bounce back from their shock opening defeat but at least it is not in the middle of the bleak Russian winter. New boss Claudio Ranieri is looking for a second win in two games and might just get it even with Wesley Sneijder out and an artificial pitch to deal with. 0-1

Trabzonspor v Lille
Can the Turks continue their great start? I’m not sure they can given the French champions will be seething at dropping two late points against CSKA two weeks ago. 0-2

Group C
Manchester United v Basel
Injuries galore for United but not even the biggest Basel fan will be expecting victory. 2-0

Otelul Galati v Benfica
The Portuguese looked decent against United and should be too strong in Romania despite the unfamiliar surroundings. 1-3

Group D
Olympique Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb
A home win you would think. 2-0

Real Madrid v Ajax Amsterdam
Not everything is going perfectly at the Bernabeu but Ajax were great, they are not now. 3-1
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Playing on Wednesday
Group E
Valencia v Chelsea
Juan Mata to score on his return to the Mestalla? I actually think it will be 0-0.

Bayer Leverkusen v Racing Genk
Genk look lively but the Germans will be too strong. 2-0

Group F
Arsenal v Olympiakos Piraeus
We’ve got to have one shock this week don’t we? It won’t be here. 2-0

Olympique Marseille v Borussia Dortmund
Difficult one. Dortmund are nothing like last season’s worldbeaters but neither are the hosts. 1-1

Group G
Zenit St Petersburg v Porto
Shakhtar Donetsk v APOEL Nicosia
Goals galore in eastern Ukraine. 3-2

Group H
BATE Borisov v Barcelona
Here is your shock. BATE are unbeaten in nine European matches, including six in this season’s qualifiers. The holders might not fancy it in the chilly Belarus air. 1-1.

AC Milan v Viktoria Plzen
Milan have still to convince this term and injuries don’t help. But they should scrape a win. 2-1

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