CL Group A Qualifying odds

Champions League 2019/2020: To Qualify from Group A?

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Real Madrid1.001.00
Club Brugge11.0011.00

Group A - Club Brugge, Galatasaray, Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid

Although a ball is yet to be kicked, Group A already looks set to be one of the most top-heavy groups in Champions League. Having been imperious in domestically for the best part of a decade, the French champions Paris Saint Germain are desperate to add a European trophy to their cabinet - with Ligue 1 all but a foregone conclusion these days, Thomas Tuchel’s side will once again be investing the lion’s share of their energy into the Champions League. Their luke-warm start to the season has been somewhat overshadowed by the transfer saga regarding their bombastic Brazilian headline act, Neymar. The forward - who left Catalonia in favour of Paris for a world-record fee just two seasons ago - has been linked with both a return to Barcelona and a switch to PSG’s Group A opponents, Real Madrid. With a deal at this point looking unlikely, it may well be that the story rumbles on throughout the course of the Group A fixtures, proving a fascinating narrative.

Neymar, Mbappe, Cavani and co will have to be at their very best if they are to top Group A; Real Madrid, itching to right the wrongs of last season – which was an unprecedented disaster – stand in their way. While they were unable to progress past the last-16 in the 2018/19 campaign, Los Blancos’ European pedigree is unrivaled. Aside from the notable absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinadine Zidane still has the bulk of the squad which won the competition three times in succession at his disposal. While Real have retained their personnel, however, the circumstances they find themselves in could hardly be more different to when they last won the competition in 2018. Madridistas had to endure one of the worst seasons in the club’s modern history last campaign; they finished the season trophyless and watched as three different managers (Julen Lopetegui, Santiago Solar and – latterly – Zinedine Zidane) were unable to turn around their fortunes. Florentino Perez, the club’s president, reacted in the only way he knows how: by signing hundreds of millions of pounds worth of talent. Eden Hazard was their marquee signing; he was joined by Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Rodrygo to complete their summer rebuild. It may well be that having finished in 3rd place last season, Los Meringues prioritize the league this time out. But, if Zidane can recapture his former glories with the club, expect to see them competing once more towards the business end of the Champions League.

As for the underdogs in Group A - Galatasaray and Club Brugge – in all likelihood it will be a competition between the two as to who can finish 3rd, thus claiming a spot in the last 32 of the Europa League. The Turkish contingent, Galatasary look to be the favorites in this respect. Under the management of Fatih Terim, Galatasaray completed a clean sweep of domestic honours last season but were unimpressive in Europe, finishing third in what was one of the competitions weakest groups. Unlike their Turkish counterparts, Club Brugge too were not so dominant on home soil – they could only manage a second-place finish in the Belgian League.

As for the underdogs in Group A - Galatasaray and Club Brugge – in all likelihood it will be a competition between the two as to who can finish 3rd, thus claiming a spot in the last 32 of the Europa League. The Turkish contingent, Galatasary look to be the favorites in this respect. Under the management of Fatih Terim, Galatasaray completed a clean sweep of domestic honours last season but were unimpressive in Europe, finishing third in what was one of the competitions weakest groups. Unlike their Turkish counterparts, Club Brugge too were not so dominant on home soil – they could only manage a second-place finish in the Belgian League.