CL Group H Winner odds
Champions League 2019/2020: Which team will win group H?
Who will win the UEFA Champions League Group H?
This season’s Champions League Group H is made up of Chelsea FC, AFC Ajax, Valencia CF and Lille OSC. On paper, Chelsea will be the favourites, however, after losing star man Eden Hazard, the three other clubs could push them all the way over the course of the next few months.
Chelsea FC finished third in the Premier League last season and won the UEFA Europa League which assured them of being in pot 1. The club has a new head coach in Frank Lampard replacing Maurizio Sarri along with the fact that they’re under a transfer ban. Lampard has been forced to play youngsters such as Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount after Eden Hazard left and unable to bring in replacements.
AFC Ajax was the success story of last season in the UEFA Champions League after narrowly missing out on the final and won the Eredivisie which cemented their spot in pot 2 for the Champions League group stage draw. The club sold their two best players in Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong to Juventus FC and FC Barcelona respectively. They have a very good coach in Erik ten Hag and have brought in Quincy Promes for a fee of £14m.
Valencia CF finished last season in 4th place in La Liga which put them in pot 3. The club didn’t make many movements in the transfer market, however, they kept the strong core of their squad of Goncalo Guedes, Dani Parejo, Maxi Gomez and Jose Gaya. Although they’ve got numerous solid players, the club could struggle with the other teams in the group looking extremely strong coming out of the transfer window.
Lille OSC were runners up in last season’s Ligue 1 which guaranteed their spot in pot 4 for the group stage draw. Lille lost their star attacker in Nicolas Pepe and defensive midfielder Thiago Mendes, however, they’ve brought in talented youngsters Renato Sanches and Timothy Weah. They also have an extremely young core to the squad in Jonathan Ikone and Jonathan Bamba along with goalkeeper Mike Maignan.
Next season, although Chelsea will be favourites, Ajax should top the group although they’ll be pushed hard by both Valencia and Lille who will be desperate to qualify for the knockout stages. If Chelsea can’t integrate their youngsters quickly, this Champions League campaign could be one to write off for the London club.