Which Team will win the Champions League 2018/19?

The UEFA Champions League is one of the biggest competitions in football for many teams around Europe. This league sees some of the biggest teams come up against each other in an attempt to take home the trophy.

This year’s competition kicked off back in June with the preliminary round draw and ends in June with the final. It’s still quite early on in the competition to decide a clear winner but we have put together some of the teams we think will shine as the stages continue. Keep reading if you are interested in this league or would like to place a bet and cash in on the winner.

Last Year’s Winner

Before we get started on this year’s competition, it is important to look at the team who took home the Champions League trophy last year. In the 2017/18 competition, Real Madrid C.F. were the ones who lifted the trophy in Kiev where the final took place. After a successful campaign and a win in the past two years, Real Madrid came up against English team Liverpool FC.

With three wins in the past three years, some people might consider Real Madrid the favourite and choose to place a bet on them when enjoying some sports betting on a site like Stakers who have some great odds. However, there are plenty more teams in the running which we are going to explore below.

Manchester City

One of the favourites to win the Champions League this year is Manchester City. This team have not lifted the cup before but have been strong in their recent matches proving that they are capable. Manchester City is the only English team to make it on our list and this is due to their impressive performance so far against the other teams in the competition. They topped their group which included the likes of Lyon, Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk so they are already entering the next stage with a strong record. Look out for Manchester City this year as they might just be the ones to lift the trophy.

Barcelona

Barcelona FC led by Ernesto Valverde have managed to top their group and beat other teams including Tottenham, Inter and PSV. This team has some pretty impressive players in their line up including Lionel Messi who is the captain this season. While Barcelona haven’t managed to win the Champions League final since 2015, they stand a chance this year with the skills that they have and their past record coming up against these teams.

Juventus

Another team expected to make it all the way to the final this year is Juventus thanks to their brand new player whose name you might just recognise. During the summer, world famous player Cristiano Ronaldo joined this Italian team for €100m. This team knew what they were doing when they agreed to this deal as Ronaldo has already helped the team top their group which included the likes of Valencia, Young Boys and Manchester United. It is possible that Ronaldo could be coming up against his previous club Real Madrid when the final comes around in June so make sure to look out for this exciting match.

Real Madrid

After three successful wins in the past few years of the Champions League competition, Real Madrid could be on track to breaking the record and securing themselves a fourth win. In the group stages, this team came up against Roman, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen – managing to secure the top spot after some wins and a 3-0 loss against CSKA Moscow. It is unclear if this team can boost themselves all the way to the top again but if they manage to beat out the other teams then they will be making history.

Other Teams To Look Out For

In a competition like this, there will always be some teams that stay at the top for many years. It is important to remember, however, that other teams stand a chance and the bookies are already adding odds for other teams that might make it all the way to the top. Look out for teams like Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain who still stand a chance against some of the best teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona.

What’s Next?

The group stages of this year’s Champions League competition might be over but there is still plenty more to play for. In February, the round of 16 will start and this will be followed by the second leg of this stage in March. Then, the quarter and semi-finals will take place throughout April and May. The big event is on June 1st where two teams will come up against each other to see who can lift the trophy. The final will take place in Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid this year so if you want to place your bet on the winner now is the time to get started.

Final Verdict

It can be very hard to predict the outcome of the UEFA Champions League final when the round of 16 stages hasn’t even begun. Now that many teams have been knocked out, it is easier to see the teams which are ahead of others and a good bet would be on the teams that topped their group. Remember to think about the individual matches and how each team played within their group to make your predictions. We are unsure if Real Madrid will be able to lift the trophy for the fourth time in a row, but this would truly be extraordinary.

This team has shown their strength but with competition like Barcelona and Manchester City, they may have a struggle on their hands. It is interesting to note that last year’s finalists Liverpool didn’t make our list as they have not managed to stand out just yet this year. Make sure to tune into all of the matches in the competition that are coming up and don’t miss out on the final in June!

Manchester United unconvincingly reach the Champions League knockout stages

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For big clubs in Europe, it’s a must to be dominant and ruthless in the Champions League and importantly to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. Manchester United completed the second half of that requirement by beating Young Boys on Tuesday to guarantee at least second place in Group B. However, their campaign in Europe has been unconvincing yet fruitful due to individual brilliance and lucky moments.

If not for Marouane Fellaini’s late winner at Old Trafford, the Red Devils would have formed an embarrassing record of going through three Champions League home games without a goal, a statistic that would reflect back on the poor job that Jose Mourinho is currently doing. However, he was once again saved by a player that has come up with a number of crucial goals in recent years.

On the other hand, if Young Boys had one clinical and dangerous striker that was in full confidence, they would have certainly punished a United defence that was playing a very high line whilst they were in possession of the ball. Not only that, but the home side’s full-backs fortunately escaped early bookings in the match which could have led to worse situations as the match went on.

Looking at United’s Champions League campaign so far this season with one group match remaining, there simply has not been enough evidence or memorable performances/results that makes a person feel or think the side can progress far in the competition. Many will simply believe that the victory over Young Boys to secure qualification will paper over all the cracks.

With no disrespect to the Swiss side, but a manager and a club that has spent just over £400 million in the transfer window over the last couple of years, and are relying on a last-minute winner at home really sums up the rather disappointing direction which the club is heading. From the lack of business planning off the pitch to the abysmal and boring football on it, a number of changes are required in order for Manchester United Football Club to be regarded as a serious football team once again.

As the side’s odds of winning the Premier League have been written off in the early stages of the season, it would not be a surprise to see the board and Ed Woodward hold on to Mourinho as the club’s manager until their chances of featuring in next year’s Champions League goes away. The hierarchy will have to make a crucial footballing decision in the coming months if things don’t go down as planned, in order to make sure they don’t fall behind from the other big European clubs.

Overall, given the club’s inconsistent and poor form in the league, Mourinho’s United will have to give their all in the Champions League this season in order to take part in the competition next campaign. With the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester City being regarded as the favourites to lift the trophy, the Red Devils, realistically, have no chance of winning it.

Julian Draxler: Set for the bench at PSG?

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cropped_2017-02-14T203105Z_130105865_MT1ACI14751517_RTRMADP_3_SOCCER-CHAMPIONS-PSG-FCBThe Parc des Princes erupted with joy as attacker Julian Draxler wheeled away in celebration after scoring a sensational goal against Spanish giants FC Barcelona in the home leg of the Round of 16 stage of the UEFA Champions League. The fans were full of praise after the sensational performance by the German attacker on the night with many hailing him as the man to watch out for in the away leg at Camp Nou. Sadly, the 24-year-old flattered to deceive as has been the case throughout his career so far.

The ex-Schalke attacker was hailed by footballing experts after he decided to take a plunge into the unknown by signing on for French giants Paris St Germain from Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg for a then-record sum of £40m. Draxler was more than happy to bid adieu after a cold reception from the fans who indicated their immense disapproval by whistling vociferously during a cameo against Hertha Berlin.

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Bernardo Silva: creative genius who can make up for De Bruyne’s absence!

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The Citizens were in a state of shock after their worst fears came true following the official club announcement that creative powerhouse Kevin De Bruyne would be sidelined for around three months after suffering a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee.

De Bruyne was an integral figure in Manchester City’s record-breaking domestic campaign last season with his astounding work-rate and intelligence on the ball contributing with 12 goals and as many as 21 assists in just 52 appearances. The Belgian’s consistent world-class performances nearly earned him the much coveted PFA player of the year award, finishing a close second to Liverpool’s messiah Mohamed Salah.

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Unai Emery must show he’s up to the job at PSG

It didn’t take long for the sniping to begin. The French newspapers the morning after Paris Saint-Germain’s crushing Champions League defeat to Real Madrid were filled with dressing room disgruntlement and backroom scrutiny of Unai Emery and the tactics he employed at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Indeed, PSG were largely passive against the defending European champions, failing to make the most of the opportunity they were presented. Emery already had a reputation in Spain for being something of a big game coward, for bottling the big occasion, and what happened last month only added to that reputation.

And so Emery’s job is very much on the line in Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 second leg. With the deficit standing at 3-1, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that PSG could still overturn Real Madrid, even without Neymar. But elimination from the competition would surely spell the end for the Spaniard in the French capital.

The Champions League is, after all, where PSG want to make their mark. They didn’t spend £200 million on Neymar to retain the Ligue 1 title. They have their sights set on the very top of the European game, with the club’s Qatari owners disappointed that they haven’t already scaled such heights.

Everything looked to be in PSG’s favour this season, with the field as open as it has been for years. Real Madrid, even taking their recent upturn in form into account, aren’t the formidable force they were a year ago, with Barcelona still in transition under Ernesto Valverde. Manchester City are something of an unknown quantity, with Bayern Munich enduring a mixed campaign, sacking a manager earlier in the campaign.

For many, PSG were the favourites to win the whole thing after the group stages. They were the competition’s top scorers after six games, with the much-hyped frontline of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani the most potent in the game. Yet all this was unravelled in the first leg against Real Madrid.

Increasingly, Emery is being viewed as the weak link. PSG now have a team strong enough to challenge in the Champions League, such has been in the investment at the Parc des Princes over the past few years. He has failed to harness the quality of his best players when the occasion has called for it. He’s not of the same caliber as his squad having never achieved anything in the Champions League before. Europa League titles don’t count for a lot in this case.

It’s not just in the defeat to Real Madrid that Emery has provided a rod for his own back. PSG faced a similar season-defining moment in the Champions League last season, taking a 4-0 lead into a round of 16 second leg against Barcelona. What happened in that second leg (an astonishing Barca 6-1 win) showed to many that Emery isn’t up to the job. Now, with the scenario flipped, he must show to his doubters, of which there are many, that he is.

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