Top football clubs from all over the world aspire to win the UEFA Champions League trophy. The 2019/2020 Champions’ League group stage started on September 17, 2019, and ended on December 11, 2019. The last 16 stage started on February 18 but UEFA postponed four-second leg matches. Here are the top three Champions League predictions.
1. Barcelona vs Napoli
Spanish clubs have won the highest number of Champions League trophies in history. Barcelona have won the last two La Liga titles. But, they won their last Champions League in 2015. The Spanish club has appeared once in the last eight finals. Some clubs shock football fans in the second half of the Champions League tournament. Barcelona boosted its squad after it signed Frankie De Jong and Antoine Griezmann.
Napoli has performed dismally in the 2019/2020 Serie A season. But they have made drastic changes since they replaced Carlo Ancelotti with Gennaro Gattuso. The Italian team hasn’t lost any game in this campaign. This will be a tough match, as each side will look for an early lead. Soccer fans can visit th-footballfans.net to wager on Barcelona.
Prediction: Both Teams to Score Barcelona win or draw
2. Manchester City vs Real Madrid
Manchester City are second in the Premier League table and it reached the semi-finals in the 2015/2016 Champions League. However, the club has failed to advance beyond the quarterfinal phase in the last two seasons. Man City won three trophies in England in 2019. It signed Rodrigo to boost its squad.
Real Madrid is second in the La Liga table. They won three consecutive Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018. Last season, the club lost the La Liga title to Barcelona. Ajax defeated Real Madrid in the last 16 phase last year. Real Madrid has made several signings this season. They include Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, and Eden Hazard. The club finished second in the Champions League group stage. It lost 2-1 to Manchester City in the first leg of the last 16.
Prediction: Both Teams to Score Manchester City to win
3. Juventus vs Lyon
Juventus wasn’t aggressive in the first leg match of the last 16 stage of the Champions League. Maurizio Sarry’s men didn’t make any shot on target in the match. Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t use scoring opportunities in the game. Juventus won all its Group D games. Many bookies have given it low odds.
Lyon defeated Juventus 1-0 in the first leg match of the last 16 phase. Rudi Garcia stated that the club had more scoring opportunities in the game. It shocked many people in France. The club lost to Zenit and Benfica in Group G matches. Also, they lost to Nice, Marseille, Montpellier, PSG, and Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1. Lyon has conceded in five of their last seven games. Therefore, Juventus is likely to get an early lead in the first half.
Prediction: Juventus to win
The UEFA Champions League is one of the most popular international soccer tournaments. It attracts top football clubs from different countries. Liverpool FC is the reigning champion of the Champions League. It defeated Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 in last season’s final. This year, the club will face stiff competition from Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid.