Champions League Group E Preview, Prediction & Odds
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Champions League Group E Preview
Atletico coach Diego Simeone will be looking for a much better performance in this competition compared to last where they were eliminated at the Group Stage after finishing bottom of a group.
Not only did they not qualify from that group but it was a more than winnable Champions League group with Porto, Club Brugge and Bayer Leverkusen being the other teams.
From their main first-team squad last season there haven’t been too many notable departures. Renan Lodo signed for Marseille for €14m, Sergio Reguilón’s loan from Tottenham expired and the recent transfer of Carrasco to Saudi side Al Shabab for €15.00m were the club’s biggest losses.
They have recruited experience from the Premier League in the form of Caglar Soyuncu, Cesar Azpilicueta shoring up the defence while the signing of Javi Galan from Celta de Vigo will also give them a quality option at full-back. This club is more about the system and the man in the dugout, and I’d entrust his judgement over signing any potential hidden gems.
Atlético Madrid are 25/1 to win the tournament, 8/13 to win Group E and 1/5 to qualify out of the group stage.
Lazio had a mixed 22/23 season. On one hand, they finished runners-up in the Serie A (albeit sixteen points behind Napoli) and reached the Quarter-Final of the Coppa Italia, but on the other hand they were eliminated at the Group Stage of the Europa League and the Round of 16 in the Conference League.
In the summer their most notable loss was Sergej Milinković-Savić who signed for Al Hilal for €40m and young attacker Luka Romero (18) who left at the end of his contract for AC Milan.
Lazio have made some interesting additions though particularly right winger Gustav Isaksen from Midtjylland for €12m and the loan signings of Luca Pelligrini and Matteo Guendouzi.
Lazio are 66/1 to win the tournament, 3/1 to win Group E and 5/4 to qualify out of the group stage.
The Dutch outfit won the Eredivisie last season, reached the semi-final of the KNVB Cup and the Quarter-Final of the Europa League. Such was their performance last year that Manager Arne Slot was coveted by Tottenham before he turned down Levy’s approach to stay at Feyenoord.
During the summer there was a huge amount of change with 25 incomings and 26 departures at all levels of the club’s on-the-field staff. Their major departures were CM Orkun Kökcü who went to Benfica for €25.00m and CF Danilo who went to Rangers for €6.30m.
While it would be impossible to go through all their signings, it should be noted that several players were signed from Premier League academies on either full or loan deals. The signing off Calvin Stengs from Nice for just €6.00m could be the pick of the business though.
Feyenoord are 100/1 to win the tournament, 5/1 to win Group E and 8/11 to qualify out of the group stage.
Last season the Scottish side won a League title (because of course they did) along with completing a treble under now-former Manager Ange Postecoglou who has since gone on to pastures new with Tottenham.
Despite domestic success Celtic’s performance in the Champions League left a lot to be desired. They were eliminated in the Champions League Group Stage having finished bottom with just two points.
Brendan Rodgers is back at the helm and dare I say he, the players, and the fans would swap one of their domestic cups to get out of the Champions League group stage.
The Hoops brought in a total of ten players including Nat Philips on loan from Liverpool so it will be interesting to see how this side gels. However, the loss of Jota to Al-Ittihad will prove very difficult to replace.
Celtic are 150/1 to win the tournament, 8/1 to win Group E and 2/1 to qualify out of the group stage.
Game of the Group
Lazio vs Atlético Madrid – September 19th
Player to Watch – Santiago Gimenez
Feyenoord forward Santiago Gimenez has five goals in four league games already this season and the Mexican International’s form has seen him linked with a move to the Premier League.
He is suspended in this competition until Match-Day three following a red card but when he returns it could be huge for Feyenoord’s qualifying credentials.
Champions League Group E Prediction
1st – Atletico Madrid
2nd – Feyenoord
3rd – Lazio
4th – Celtic
Atletico had an uncharacteristically poor season in this competition last time out but I expect them to return to form and top this group.
Feyenoord look an interesting prospect and I think they finish second against Lazio and Celtic sides who also didn’t perform well in Europe last season either.
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