UEFA Champions League 2017-18

I thought I'd create a new UCL thread to keep it separate from the EPL thread as they'd both get huge in short order. Here are the groups, feel free to discuss:

Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, FC Basel, CSKA Moscow.
Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht, Celtic.
Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma, FK Qarabag.
Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiakos, Sporting CP.
Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, NK Maribor.
Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord.
Group G: Monaco, FC Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig.
Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, APOEL Nicosia

Have to say I'm chuffed at Liverpool's group. If we can't get out of that one we don't deserve to be there. I expect Spurs to be saying hello to the Europa League knockout stage by early December.

Looks like the other English teams got fairly easy draws, too...no real groups of death, but Group G might be the most balanced.

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I hate to say it but yeah we're going to drop too the Europa

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A few thoughts I have:
1) Man U and Liverpool both got great draws
2) No way Tottenham makes it through Group H
3) Hot Take, but I think Barcelona could really struggle in their group, but will probably make it through

Looks like Liverpool got the easiest group based on UEFA coefficients

538 has them at a 79% chance to get out of their group (Sevilla at 80% and Moscow at 38%)

Group D is group of Death

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Group D is where the line of disappointment is between Europa League/not. Group H the line of disappointment is between UCL knockouts/Europa League. Yes Olympiakos and Sporting are tough away matches. No, neither of them is as good a squad as BVB/Tottenham

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Copying these from the other thread:

  • Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, FC Basel, CSKA Moscow.
  • Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht, Celtic.
  • Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma, FK Qarabag.
  • Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiakos, Sporting CP.
  • Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, NK Maribor.
  • Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord.
  • Group G: Monaco, FC Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig.
  • Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, APOEL Nicosia

Chem PhD '16

Tottenham is gonna move on

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Liverpool not so much

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How about now?

I think VT's soccer team could put up a better fight.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Y'alls group is the easiest out of all of them and y'all only got 5 points I'm not impressed

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John Stones gonna lead the CL in scoring, mark it down!

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Another day another 3 points for the spurs

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So Tottenham is well on their way to advancing to the round of 16

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Tottenham Hotspur 7
Real Madrid 7
Borussia Dortmund 1
APOEL 1

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ESPN SPI and FiveThirtyEight gives dortmund the highest chance to win the Europa league right now.

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Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Spurs were lucky to draw yesterday, Real Madrid put so many shots on goal and a few just wide of the post. Spurs had some shots too that were narrowly saved by Navas, but RM controlled the tempo of the game completely and had what seemed like constant threatening build ups. That said, Spurs look way more poised in Europe this year, and I think that they will continue to improve.

Hugo is one of the best goalies in the world so I'm not surprised

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Yes he is very impressive and made brilliant saves, though I certainly believe he got a little lucky when he dove the wrong way on Benz' header and kicked the ball away from about a yard outside the goal.

Ericksen played a terrible game and Spurs did it without Dele, Dembele, and Davies.

Would be excited for the home match in two weeks if it wasn't at Wembley.

Don't believe in the Wembley curse

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I don't believe in the Wembley curse, but I do believe Real Madrid are still the best team in Europe, and I don't think their finishing luck will be so bad again.

Isee a Tottenham win actually

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Hopefully Liverpool are back on track now. Should win the group, but still not super confident with Karius right now. I'd rather see Ward get a shot back there, but looks like he is the domestic cup keeper this year.
Group G is crazy right now. Don't think many people saw Besiktas at the top of the group with 3 wins.

I like fivethirtyeight and they have some cool Champions League Predictions posted here.

Like I mentioned earlier, Dortmund is actually the favorite to win Europa League. Barcelona is the favorite with a 20% chance to win the final followed by Real Madrid with a 15% chance then Bayern and PSG with 14% and 13% each. Ateli are teetering dangerously close to missing the group stage.

United has picked up a couple away wins against some tricky opposition. Never fun going to Russia. Would've like to seen a bigger win yesterday against Benfica but it got the job done and those pesky international breaks seem to take all our form.

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Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Tottenham is gonna win group H. COYFuckingS!!!!

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