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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

2010/2011 UEFA Champions League Group Predictions for Matchday 5 and 6 by Chris Behrens

by Chris Behrens for World Football Commentaries

Editor's Note: 8 December 2010

Chris picked all 16 finalists for the elimination round.

Well done, Chris.

2010/2011 UEFA Champions League: What the Group Standings Will Look Like After Matchday 5 and 6

Group A

Tottenham Hotspur v Inter Milan, Champions League Group A 2/11/2010 Gareth Bale of Tottenham takes on the Inter Milan defense Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur was a one-man force
against Internazionale over both legs.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

Tottenham 6 4 1 1 17 10 +7 13

Inter Milan 6 3 2 1 11 8 +4 11

Twente 6 1 2 4 6 7 -4 5

Werder Bremen 6 0 3 3 3 9 -6 3

Yes, I’m picking the men from Tottenham to win the group thanks in part to the resounding win over Inter at home. Gareth Bale’s form is the big “X” factor in this projection, as he has been terrorizing defenses with his pace as of late. Inter will still qualify comfortably with a draw and win in the final two group games, having some inspiration for giving away a couple games in group play. Twente and Bremen just don’t have enough quality comparatively to realistically advance.

Group B

Aug 07, 2010 - Augsburg, Germany - Schalke's RAUL GONZALEZ. Supercup match against Schalke 04 in Augsburg. Bayern Munich won the match 2-0.

Raul Gonzalez Blanco of Schalke 04.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

Schalke 04 6 4 1 1 9 5 +4 13

Lyon 6 4 0 2 5 2 +3 12

Benfica 6 3 1 2 6 7 +2 10

Hapoel Tel Aviv 6 0 1 3 2 8 -6 1

Schalke picked up Raul and Huntelaar for a reason. I expect them to shine in the final two group games with a home win over Lyon and a draw at Benfica to secure qualification. Lyon will advance on the final day with a resounding win over Hapoel Tel Aviv. Hapoel Tel Aviv have absolutely nothing to play for except for an outside shot at qualification in the Europa League knockout stages. However, a game at Lyon on the final matchday should seal their fate as bottom feeders.

Group C

Wayne Rooney Manchester United 2010/11 Manchester United V Rangers (0-0) 14/09/10 UEFA Champions League Group C Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

Man United 6 4 2 0 5 0 +6 14

Valenica 6 3 1 2 8 2 +5 10

Rangers 4 2 3 1 2 4 0 9

Bursaspor 4 0 0 6 0 9 -13 0

The two favorites of the group (Manchester United and Valencia) will advance on, with the men in Manchester United jerseys taking home the group with a win over Valencia on the final match day at Old Trafford. Rangers will be proud of their efforts, but will ultimately fall short thanks to a prior clobbering at the hands of Valencia. Buraspor were just out of their realm in qualifying for the group.

Group D

Mar. 14, 2010 - Barcelona, Spain - BARCELONA (SPAIN) 14/03/2010.- FC Barcelona striker Leo Messi jubilates his third goal against Valencia CF during their First Division soccer match played at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain on 14 March 2010.

Leo Messi of FC Barcelona recently passed 50 goals in
all competitions this year.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

Barcelona 4 3 3 0 9 3 +6 12

Copenhagen 4 3 1 2 4 3 +1 10

Rubin Kazan 4 1 4 1 1 2 -1 7

Panathinaikos 4 0 2 4 1 7 -6 2

Amazingly, this group is in a dog fight. With a game at Panathinaikos, the Barcelona jersey clad boys will need to prove that can play away from the Camp Nou, and I think they finally will get an away win. A tough last game against the Russian giants Rubin Kazan should get them at a draw, as they have proven tough for the Catalan giants and will be fighting for a knockout spot. Copenhagen should prove it’s worth with a final home fixture against the bumbling Greek squad.

Group E

Aug 13, 2010 - Munich, Germany - Madrids PEDRO LEON SANCHEZ and Munichs THOMAS MUELLER during the Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid during the Franz Beckenbauer Good Bye match in Munich.

Thomas Mueller of Bayern Munich.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

Bayern Munich 4 4 1 1 11 3 +7 12

Roma 4 4 0 2 6 8 +3 12

CFR Cluj 4 2 0 4 5 10 -4 6

Basel 4 1 1 3 7 8 -2 4

Bayern have already qualified for the knockout round and as long as they don’t lose by 2 or more goals, they’ll have the group wrapped up, so they’ll play a weakened lineup against Basel for the final group game. With a win against Munich, Roma will surely beat Cluj, though many teams have struggled with them. The other two teams really weren’t fit for a European competition anyway.

Group F

Chelsea v Fulham, Premier League 10/11/2010  Didier Drogba of Chelsea in action with Clint Dempsey of Fulham Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Didier Drogba of Chelsea FC.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

Chelsea 4 4 1 1 12 2 +10 12

Marseille 4 3 1 2 5 6 +6 6

Spartak Moscow 4 3 1 2 8 3 +3 6

Zilina 4 0 1 5 1 15 -14 1

Chelsea have already qualified for the knockout stages so they should just be content with a draw and playing some new players, so expect Marseille to benefit from this. Expect the French giants to earn a hard fought draw with Moscow to set themselves up for qualification via a higher goal differential.

Group G

AC Milan's Filippo Inzaghi scores a goal against Barcelona during a friendly match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, August 25, 2010. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Filippo "Pippo" Inzaghi of AC Milan set a European record
of 70 goals before his recent injury.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

Real Madrid 4 4 2 0 7 2 +5 14

AC Milan 4 3 2 1 5 5 0 11

Ajax 4 1 2 2 6 6 -2 5

Auxerre 4 1 0 4 3 6 -3 3

Madrid have already secured qualification and should win the group with a win vs Auxerre on the final matchday. You can be sure you’ll see the white of the Real Madrid jersey all the way up to the quarters. The all important fixture will be Milan vs Ajax on December 8th. Milan simply have too much firepower not to advance, despite Luis Suarez’s ridiculous good form as of late. Pirlo or Pato will fire the San Siro dwellers to the next round in a 2-1 win.

Group H

Emirates Stadium, Arsenal v Braga , Uefa Champions League 15/09/2010  Andrei Arshavin of Arsenal scores the 2nd goal 2-0 Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Andrei Arshavin of Arsenal FC.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

Arsenal 4 5 0 1 15 4 +14 15

S. Donetsk 4 4 1 1 7 6 +5 13

Braga 4 2 1 3 3 9 -5 7

Partizan 4 0 0 6 1 7 -12 0

The two teams to advance from this group were always going to be Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk. Arsenal will certainly win the group, despite their death row of injuries as always, and Eduardo and company should fire Shakhtar to a win over Braga on the final matchday to wrap up qualification. Partizan shouldn’t be back in the Champions League for a while (at least the group stage) and Braga were really just a fun story meant to end right here.

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1 comment:

Steve Amoia said...

Chris:

Thank you for the excellent analysis. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next two fixtures.

Steve
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