The Champions League group stage draw takes place later this afternoon, and if our predicted draw turns out to be correct, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City will have tough games ahead of them.
The draw for the Champions League group stage will take place at 5pm today in Genoeva, Switzerland.
Defending champions Bayern Munich will be in pot 1, along with Liverpool, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.
Manchester United are back in the competition after finishing third in the Premier League last year, and will want to build on their quarter-final finish two seasons ago.
Chelsea will want to improve on last year’s disappointing showing, when they were beaten 7-1 across two legs by eventual champions Bayern in the round of 16.
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Express Sport has simulated today’s draw in order to see who United, City, Chelsea and Liverpool could potentially face.
Champions League draw simulated
GROUP A: Real Madrid, Shaktar, Olympiacos, Ferencvaros
This one looks like it should be a walk in the park for Los Blancos. Hungarian minnows Ferencvaros will have their work cut out for them if they want to have any chance of progressing.
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GROUP B: Zenit, Ajax, Lazio, Borussia Monchengladbach
The 2019 semi-finalists will want to improve on last year’s group stage exit, and have a tough ask ahead of them with Lazio and Zenit among their opponents.
GROUP C: Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, Krasnodar, Marseille
For Liverpool, this would represent the perfect opportunity for them to get revenge on the team that knocked them out last year.
The Premier League champions will fancy their chances, and it’ll be personal for them when they go up against Diego Simeone’s side.
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GROUP D: Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Club Brugge
This would be the closest thing to a ‘group of death’ from the draw, with United receiving a tough welcome back to the competition.
Antonio Conte knows he’ll have to take Inter Milan past the group stage this year and after an impressive summer transfer window they’ll be among the favourites.
GROUP E: Sevilla, Chelsea, RB Leipzig, Rennes
A return to Leipzg could be on the cards for Timo Werner if this draw comes out.
Chelsea will fancy their chances, but will face tough competition against the Europa League holders, Sevilla.
GROUP F: Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, RB Salzburg, Dinamo Lokamotiv
Manchester City have more pressure than anyone going into this year’s competition after their collapse against Lyon just a few months ago.
Facing up against last season’s beaten finalists, PSG, will be the biggest test possible, but they should be able to breeze through games against Salzburg and Lokamotiv.
GROUP G: Porto, Barcelona, Atalanta, FC Midtjylland
Barcelona will be confident going into this season’s competition if this draw came true, though Atalanta and Porto won’t go down without a fight and Midtjylland will look to build on a solid Europa League showing.
GROUP H: Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Dynamo Kiev, Istanbul Basaksehir
Juventus and Dortmund will be tipped to walk through this group, with both clubs feeling the pressure after disappointing showings last year.
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