After an intense group stage where every English team qualified, the draw for the round of 16 has been made. The waiting will be long but in the meantime, discover our predictions for the round of 16 of the Champions League 2018 /2019.
Wearebettors predicted 15 out of the 16 qualified from the group stage. Do not wait to find out team’s predictions for the round of 16!
Real Madrid is the reigning Champions League winners. Los Blancos have won three European Cups in a row and could make it an unprecedented fourth this season. It won’t be easy with Cristiano Ronaldo now playing for Juventus. The tournament’s other top clubs have reloaded in talent and will be gunning to knock off Real Madrid this season. Will Real Madrid hold onto their Champions League title or will a new club lift the European Cup in 2018-19?
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Champions League 2018 – 2019: Our predictions for the round of 16
- 1 Champions League 2018 – 2019: Our predictions for the round of 16
- 1.1 Predictions for Manchester United v PSG
- 1.2 Predictions for Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham
- 1.3 Predictions for Liverpool v Bayern Munich
- 1.4 Predictions for Manchester City v Schalke 04
- 1.5 Predictions for Real Madrid v Ajax Amsterdam
- 1.6 Predictions for Juventus v Atletico Madrid
- 1.7 Predictions for Barcelona v Lyon
- 1.8 Predictions for AS Roma v FC Porto
- 2 Champions League 2018 – 2019: Our predictions for the group stage
- 3 Predictions for English teams in the Champions League 2018-19
- 4 Who will be the Champions League top scorer?
- 5 Our Favourite: Manchester City wins the Champions League in 2018-19
The dust has settled in the Champions League with the group stage having reached its conclusion, after six exciting matchdays in the first half of the season, we now know the 16 teams who will continue their European adventures at the turn of the year.
Not only that but we now also know the eight pairings for what is set to be a very exciting first knockout round of the competition, and with that mind here’s a look at how these matches will pan out, according to Wearebettors’teams.
Predictions for Manchester United v PSG
Our bet: PSG to qualify
When the draw was made, the runaway Ligue 1 leaders would have been licking their lips at the prospect of going up against a United side who look lost for ideas under Jose Mourinho’s management.
That will have all changed though with the news that the ‘Special One’ has been sacked by the Old Trafford hierarchy, whether that makes the Red Devils a more difficult proposition to deal with is one that can be argued.
A lot will depend on just who the man to fill Mourinho’s shoes, with the likelihood being that is a caretaker manager to step in until the end of the season. However, should they get the right man installed then there is no reason why he cannot galvanize a talented but misfiring squad.
You only have to look at Roberto Di Matteo who took over at Chelsea during the 2011/12 season in similar circumstances, the former Italian international lead the Blues to an unexpected Champions League trophy with a historic win against Bayern Munich in the German’s own backyard.
Whoever is the man that is next in charge at Manchester United will certainly have his work cut out as they will have to plan on just how to deal with the likes of Neymar, Mbappe and Edinson Cavani. A fearsome trio that almost makes taking the job something of a poisoned chalice.
Predictions for Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham
Our bet: Borussia Dortmund to qualify
Arguably the most even pairing of the eight on offer and a tie that really could go either way in terms of who progresses to the next stage, especially as two of Europe’s most exciting sides look set to do battle once more.
Last season the two sides were paired together in the group stages and Tottenham came out on top on both occasions, those results saw the North London outfit top their mini-league before eventually being knocked out by Juventus in the round of 16.
This season Mauricio Pochettino’s men had to make do with a second place finish in the group stage and will be wary of a Borussia Dortmund side that has definitely improved since that pair of losses last year.
Something that is clearly evident by the fact that they are unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season and have already managed to get the better of arch-rivals Bayern Munich in their first league clash of this campaign.
There are many similarities between the two clubs, not just in the way they play but also for the fact that they prefer to promote youth than opposed to spending big money. It’s a shame that they’ve been paired so early, as they both deserve to go a lot further in the competition.
However, regarding the performances of Dortmund this season, we think they should do it to the next stage, taking into account that their league is weakest than the Premier League and they have fewer games to play, a crucial data at this level of the competition.
Predictions for Liverpool v Bayern Munich
Our bet: Liverpool to qualify
The second of three Premier League vs Bundesliga clashes in this stage of the Champions League as last season’s losing finalists are paired with a side that is going through something of a transition at present.
The once mighty Bayern Munich are struggling to keep up with Borussia Dortmund and are undoubtedly feeling the effects after a change in managerial personnel. There was always going to be huge shoes to fill when Jupp Heynckes left and Niko Kovac is the man who is trying his best to do so.
Unfortunately for him, he has also had to deal with father time getting the better of the likes of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery for as good as they have been for the Bavarian giants they simply cannot last forever.
At the same time though they are not a team that can be written off and will be a big test for Liverpool, something that their manager Jurgen Klopp will undoubtedly relish as he gets the opportunity to go up against an old foe.
Liverpool needed a win over Napoli in the final matchday to secure their progress and you could even argue that they are not playing as well as last season, the only thing that may distract them is the fact that they are in the midst of a genuine domestic title race with Manchester City.
Predictions for Manchester City v Schalke 04
Our bet: Manchester City to qualify
And it is Manchester City that makes up the English contingent in the third of our Premier League vs Bundesliga Round of 16 battles, while at the same time they arguably have the easiest pairing of them all.
That is because they have been paired with competition minnows Schalke, who themselves will be looking to perform the biggest upset of the round by progressing to the last eight and moving one step closer to emulating their final four appearances in 2011.
For City, though this presents the perfect opportunity to assert their European dominance as Pep Guardiola looks to be the man who to lead the club to their first ever success in the Champions League, while also ending his eight-year trophy drought in this competition.
And of course, this is not the first Bundesliga opposition that City will have faced this season as they met Hoffenheim in the group stages, a pair of fixtures that although were keenly contested saw the defending Premier League champions come out on top on both occasions.
City may well feel that this trophy is their main objective for the season, so much so that they let the Premier League through their fingers. They are currently the favorites to win the Champions League, now they just have to make sure they live up to that tag.
Predictions for Real Madrid v Ajax Amsterdam
Our bet: Ajax Amsterdam to qualify
They used to say back in the day ‘never write off the Germans’, now that phrase should be changed to ‘never write off Real Madrid’, the team that even though it is going through a state of flux can’t be ruled of Champions League contention.
At the same time though this is a side that has the richest pedigree of all in this tournament and will confident that they can dust themselves off after an early-season blip to extend their winning streak to four years in a row.
If they are to do so then they are going to have to do it without the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo who swapped Madrid for Turin back in the summer and also the managerial mastermind of Zinedine Zidane who bowed out after Los Blancos success over Liverpool back in May.
Santiago Solari has filled the managerial void after the failure of former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui in the first few months of the campaign, an appointment that admittedly is akin to a marriage of convenience.
A marriage that could well head for an early divorce if they fail to get the better of an Ajax side that is going through something of a European resurgence this season. So… What if? What if this confrontation doesn’t end as everybody expects? This could well prove to be the shock of the round, at least that’s what we think at Wearebettors!
Predictions for Juventus v Atletico Madrid
Our bet: Juventus to qualify
This is one for the football purists as two of the best defensive outfits in Europe go head to head in the Round of 16. In one corner you have the tenacious Atletico who are led by former Argentina midfielder Diego Simeone.
While in the other corner you have a Juventus side that has always been feared across the continent due to the wily tactician that pulls the strings from the technical area, that man, of course, being Massimiliano Allegri.
However, it’s not just tactical genius that the Italian giants possess. They now have the phenomenal Cristiano Ronaldo among their ranks and it could be that signing that turns from Champions League nearly men to outright winners.
Of course, these two clubs know all about falling short at the final hurdle with both of them being tormented by a Real Madrid side that included Ronaldo. For Atletico, it was defeat in 2014 and 2016, while for Juventus it was in 2017.
Also, one should not forget that Juventus were losing finalists back in 2015 at the hands of Barcelona. Could this finally be the year in which they stop being the bridesmaid of European football and finally become the bride?
Predictions for Barcelona v Lyon
Our bet: Barcelona to qualify
That aforementioned win for Barcelona in 2015 in Berlin was the last time that the Catalan giants have won the Champions League, for a club of their stature that is a wait that has gone on far too long.
What is probably all the more galling is the fact that they have had to watch Real Madrid go on and win the last three editions of the competition, something that has undoubtedly rubbed salt in their proverbial wounds.
In the Round of 16, they are presented with a very realistic hope of reaching the last eight as they are paired with a Lyon side who in fairness did manage to get the better of Manchester City in the group stage of the competition.
That is something that Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde will undoubtedly be wary of as he looks ahead to this clash, he certainly cannot afford to take his Ligue 1 opponents too lightly as they will be duly punished.
We saw recently that they can be got at, as Tottenham were more than their equal during their matchday six clashes at the Camp Nou. However, Barcelona did rest their star names and with a full strength team, they will be heavy favorites to proceed.
Predictions for AS Roma v FC Porto
Our bet: FC Porto to qualify
Arguably the two clubs that a lot of the bigger names would have wanted to face in the Round of 16, so the fact that they have been paired with each other will undoubtedly be good news for both Porto and Roma.
The current Portuguese league leaders topped arguably what was the weakest group of the opening phase and did so with relative ease as they picked up sixteen out of the eighteen points that were on offer.
The fact that they had such an easy run to the Round of 16 should take nothing away from their efforts as ultimately you can beat the teams that are in front of you, something that more often than not they achieved with relative ease.
They go up against a Roma side that finished second in a group that contained Real Madrid and it is fair to say that their European exploits have been a welcome distraction after what has been a forgettable domestic season.
There’s not a great deal to choose between these two teams and both of them will be thinking to themselves that they can get the better of the other and in turn to progress to the quarter-finals.
However, regarding the poor season of AS Roma in the Serie A, they will have to fight hard on a domestic plan to take part in the Champions League next year. That might be a priority to them, and they may lose a lot of strength in their Championship, contrary to FC Porto. We will give a short advantage to FC Porto.
Champions League 2018 – 2019: Our predictions for the group stage
Predictions for Group A
Our bet: Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund to qualify
Result: Right prediction
Atletico Madrid is coming off of a European League title win last term. The club may have played poorly in the 2017-18 Champions League group stage, but part of that was due to a summer transfer ban. The team is stacked this season with Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Diego Costa, and Jan Oblak just to name a few players. Manager Diego Simeone is one of the best in the business and Atletico will play better this season in the tournament. In addition, the club has an incentive to make it to the final. The European Cup Final will be played at Atletico’s WANDA Metropolitano Stadium. Borussia Dortmund are a top team and will just edge out France’s Monaco in the group. The continued selling of top stars will doom Monaco to third place and the Europa League.
Predictions for Group B
Our bet: Barcelona and Internazionale to qualify
Result: Wrong prediction
Group B is a group of death with Barcelona, Tottenham, Internazionale and PSV Eindhoven. On paper, each team can take points off the other. Barcelona will top the group as Lionel Messi and company will get to the knockout stage once more. Inter will pip Tottenham to second place. It will be close, but Tottenham’s lack of depth and their difficult Premier League schedule will enable Inter to make the next round. PSV are a good side, but they are not of the caliber of the other three in the group. They may be able to get a point or two, but PSV will be Group B’s strugglers.
Predictions for Group C
Our bet: Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool to qualify
Result: Right prediction
Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Napoli, and Red Star Belgrade will make up Group C. The Group will be exciting and plenty of goals should be scored. Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool will qualify from the group and their fixtures against each other should be thrilling. Both have the talent to win Group C, but PSG has the advantage in front of goal and could top Group C thanks to goal difference. Napoli has started life without Maurizio Sarri well in Serie A. But the Champions League is a different beast and they will struggle to adapt. Manager Carlo Ancelotti is experienced, but Napoli doesn’t have the firepower PSG and Liverpool possess. Red Star has already played in the qualifying rounds. They didn’t impress too great and will struggle to gain points in Group C.
Predictions for Group D
Our bet: Porto and Schalke to qualify
Result: Right prediction
Group D is one of the more open groups in the Champions League. Each team has the chance to go through, but it will be decided by which club gets hot during the tournament. Porto is the best team in Group D on paper and will be able to navigate its tricky waters. Regardless of selling top players each summer, Porto reloads their squad with capable footballers. Schalke will join Porto in the knockout round with a second-place finish. Young manager Domenico Tedesco is one of the best up and coming coaches in football currently. He led the side to a second-place finish in the Bundesliga last season surprising everyone. Schalke have their eyes on the Champions League already and will be tough to beat. Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow will fight it out for the third spot and Europa League qualification. Galatasaray will edge it thanks to players like Eren Derdiyok, Sinan Gumus, and Ryan Donk.
Predictions for Group E
Our bet: Bayern Munich and Ajax to qualify
Result: Right prediction
Bayern Munich is head and shoulders above the rest of the teams in Group E. It isn’t a matter of if the Germans will qualify top of the group, rather it is when. Niko Kovac may be in his first season as manager, but the Croatian is a highly skilled tactician. Bayern will have no trouble topping Group E. Ajax are back in the Champions League after a few years away. It took a qualifying campaign for the Dutch team to make the group stage, but it is now ready to push on. Ajax is better than they have been in previous seasons and the additions of Dusan Tadic and Frenkie de Jong make them a difficult proposition. Benfica is always a good team, but Ajax will be too much for them. The two clubs will play back to back matchdays which should be the turning point for qualification to the knockout stage.
Predictions for Group F
Our bet: Manchester City and Lyon to qualify
Result: Right prediction
Manchester City will dominate Group F with little resistance. Pep Guardiola’s team showed so much strength in all areas of the pitch during last season’s group stage. Football fans should expect the same once again this season. Lyon may not be up to Manchester City’s level, but the French team boasts a number of top players. Memphis Depay has found a home with the French team and scores big goals for the club. Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk will battle for Europa League qualification from the group. Last season, Shakhtar defeated Manchester City on the final day of the group stage. That will only happen again if Manchester City has already wrapped up the group.
Predictions for Group G
Our bet: Real Madrid and Roma to qualify
Result: Right prediction
Real Madrid and Roma will have no trouble getting through Group G. In fact, compared to the Champions League’s other groups, this one looks a bit dull. CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen will make up the numbers in Group G. There shouldn’t be any surprises and even without Ronaldo, Real Madrid will win the group.
Predictions for Group H
Our bet: Juventus and Manchester United to qualify
Result: Right prediction
Group F is another group of death in this year’s Champions League. It features two former winners in Juventus and Manchester United along with Valencia, who made the final twice in the early 2000s. There are also Switzerland’s Young Boys, who will want to shake things up against the big boys. Juventus are the strongest team in the group. Even before Ronaldo arrived, Juventus would be fancied to go through. Manchester United are not the team of old. Jose Mourinho’s tactics are dull and the Red Devils are flat-track bullies. Valencia will push them, but Mourinho often gets things right in cup tournaments. His management will get Manchester United into the knockout stage. Young Boys may take a point or two off of the rest of the group, but Valencia is good enough for third.
Predictions for English teams in the Champions League 2018-19
Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester United make up the English clubs playing in this year’s Champions League. Liverpool were the beaten finalists’ last term after swashbuckling their way to the final behind the goals of Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool is even better than they were last season and will be difficult to beat. However, Manchester City may be the most difficult English team to play. The combination of Pep Guardiola’s tactics along with star players such as Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, and David Silva can defeat any team in the Champions League.
Manchester United crashed out of last season’s tournament with a whimper. The club did little in the summer transfer window and is no different than it was the last term. Manchester United will make the knockout stage but will crash and burn there. Tottenham was the only Premier League team not to make a transfer signing. Mauricio Pochettino’s team is lacking in depth and it will haunt the club in the Champions League.
Who will be the Champions League top scorer?
Our bet: Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has topped the Champions League goalscoring charts in six consecutive seasons. Each time, Ronaldo has scored double-digit goals. The Juventus player will have plenty of opportunities to score during this season’s tournament. Not only will Juventus play six group stage games, but the Bianconeri should make it deep into the knockout rounds. Due to the number of games Ronaldo will play, he should once again lead the way in goals scored. The Portuguese legend was signed by Juventus to lead them to the European Cup and he has a lot to prove after leaving Real Madrid in the summer.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is always a dangerous player in front of goal in the Champions League. Like Ronaldo, Messi has a lot to prove this season due to Barcelona’s capitulation in the Champions League against Roma last year. The 2011-12 Champions League was the last time Messi led the goalscoring charts. He scored 14 times during that season.
PSG forward Neymar is fit and will have every opportunity to once again show he is as good as Ronaldo and Messi. If he can top the goal scoring table, Neymar will be able to make the claim that he is on par with the other two stars.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah tallied 10 goals last season. Had he not got injured in the Champions League Final, he may have been able to add to the tally. Salah will be full of confidence when Liverpool kick off their campaign against PSG.
Finally, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski should be considered for the top scorer trophy. The Bayern man has scored goals for fun in Germany. He is the team’s undisputed No.9 and barring injury, he will have plenty of opportunities to score goals.
Our Favourite: Manchester City wins the Champions League in 2018-19
Manchester City is the same team they were last season. Just one player arrived during the summer transfer window. Winger Riyad Mahrez joined for £60 million and his presence will add even more quality depth to Guardiola’s team. Manchester City’s single player purchase shows just how strong they already were. Manchester City was in no need to overhaul the squad or add a number of players. Despite being beaten in the quarterfinals the last term by an inspired Liverpool, Manchester City are still one of the best teams in all of Europe.
Real Madrid is now experiencing life without Ronaldo. Los Blancos are without the X-factor he brought to the table. Barcelona is aging and Messi showed last season that he cannot carry Barcelona through every match. This season will see the Spanish dominance of the Champions League end and it may be a long time before it reappears.
Juventus may be Manchester City’s toughest task if the two clubs meet. Ronaldo has made Juventus better and his mere presence improves the squad. Guardiola is a master of tactics, however. His ability to coach Manchester City through the tournament’s highs and lows will be key to the team winning the tournament.
Of course, Liverpool did eliminate Manchester City last year. But Guardiola and his players will have learned from their experience. Lightning won’t strike twice if Manchester City faces off with Liverpool once more.
Manchester City will be the final team standing on June 1 at Atletico Madrid’s WANDA Metropolitano Stadium. Guardiola will mastermind the club’s first European cup win and years of waiting and spending will come to an end.
Champions League Predictions 2018
Only 2 teams left at this stage of the competition: 1 English team (Liverpool) and 1 Spanish team (Real Madrid) for a game between two teams who have not met in final since 1981.
The UCL 2018 Battle
This season of the Champions League has given much to talk about after the doubles title won by the Real Madrid. Not only because of the entry of “new” teams into the competition but because of the surprise that some small teams have shown a lot of strength against the bigger teams. Another point to note is that the same teams of last season, Real Madrid, aim to be the winner of the title. That would be 3 titles in a row, something never seen in this competition.
Even if most of the bookmakers see Madrid win the title, Liverpool is on fire lately and Salah would be very helpful to defy the Spanish giant:
Updated after the Quarter Finals Draw
The 2017-2018 season already offered a lot of surprises, like every year. The past year, in the playoffs for the qualifiers, Apoel, a team that almost always qualifies, was eliminated by FC Copenhagen. Another team that qualified was Mönchengladbach which eliminated the Young Boys. To the sadness of some Italian fans, Roma was left out to be removed by Porto. After defining the groups, some big teams earned an “easy” group. For example, SSC Napoli is in the group with the weakest teams, in group B is the only team that has double digits in points with a total of 11 points, 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat.
At the beginning of the group phase very predictable results were expected, and so with the most powerful teams. FC Barcelona beat Celtic 7-0. Bayern München received Rostov at home and scored 5-0. Another big team that obtained a triumph in the first phase of groups was Atletico Madrid, 1-0 against PSV. On the second date of the group stage in the Champions League, Juventus won 4-0 at Zagreb, Real Madrid tied 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund and Leicester 1-0 at Porto. These were some results of the beginning of the first 2 weeks of the Champions League.
The bigger teams have shown that they are in good shape, have lost almost no match, despite some clashes they have had between them.
Predicting which team will get the UEFA Champions League title requires a look at the team’s most recent odds* and statistics.
The UEFA Champions League promise will be a tight match between two teams who loves to attack. There’s no doubt it will be an exciting match between Liverpool and Real Madrid.
- Real Madrid – Liverpool: Can the Spanish win three title in a row?
- Scorers : Salah vs Ronaldo: the duel between the two superstars will be astonishing
To bet, on this match, it is better to wait for the last moment in order to be sure of the players who’ll be able to play. If Ronaldo, Salah or Ramos get injured a few days before the match, the odds and the predictions won’t be the same. However, the odds are always interesting in this kind of game.
2 possible candidates left for the title
Therer are only teams who can still win the title: Liverpool and Real Madrid, the two finalists.
1- Real Madrid: They have a good level in the Champions League, but they have had problems to win in the local league of their country. The team already has 12 UCL titles and aspire for another. This would be the third crown for Zidane In 2018, the team look even stronger than in 2017, especially after beating the Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich. They look stronger than ever this season and will do everything they can to realize something that has never been done before: winning 3 UEFA Champions League titles in a row.
2- Liverpool: With their amazing attack and Mohamed Salah in a shape we have never seen, Liverpool has been very impressive. Their victory against Manchester City in the 1/4 and the first game against AS Roma in the semi finals were incredible. Jurgen Klopp, and all the Reds fans are confident that can beat anyone in the UEFA Champion’s League with such a great team. They recruited Van Djik last winter, who became the most expensive defender on the market. He really changed their defense and they are now way stronger than they use to be. Everything is possible with this club.
Prediction: Real Madrid to win UCL 1/1 at Paddy Power*.
Full Odds for the Champion’s League Winner 2018:
*All odds are correct at time of publishing and are subject to change