Champions League Predictions - 2019/20 Season

In depth Analysis, detailed Match Previews, Predictions and Free Bet Tips for every matchday of Europe’s most exciting tournament ‘The UEFA Champions League’

UEFA Champions League Round of 16 - Second Leg

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

  • Manchester City vs Real Madrid (20:00)
  • Juventus vs Lyon (20:00)

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

  • Barcelona vs Napoli (20:00)
  • Bayern Munich vs Chelsea (20:00)

Information and Key Stats, In-depth Analysis under our Champions League Match Preview

A competition with such a rich history surely attracts a lot of punters. Moreover, the fierce nature of the games vehemently increments the chances for goals, as well as surprising results.

It’s in your good interest to have experts guide you through this chaotic waters, and that’s where we come in. At LeagueLane, we have an enormous number of specialists following matches in the UCL day and night.

Unlike other sites, we give equal priority to each and every game, rather than dedicating a lion’s share of our time to the ones that involve hot-shots. Every fixture is subjected to an in-depth review by our team members, who nominate two to three high-value tips, which in turn are subjected to the analysis of experienced pundits.

As can be seen from previous results, goals are prevalent occurrences in these games, in spite of the oppositions involved. To quote a stat, the 64 fixtures so far this season have produced 3.23 goals per encounter, and by default, these matches are potent sources of revenue for bettors.

The matches are subjected to a scrutiny of detailed stats of either team involved. Performances of both squads are considered up to even two decades back, with priority being in direct proportion to how recent the fixtures were. To this mix comes the performances of individual players, their ambitions, mentalities, and how well the members of a team are gelling together.

The analysis further creeps upon the head-to-head results of the squads involved, and the rivalry between the teams.

Several other factors are put under the microscope as well. Whether one of the teams involved are fatigued due to congested schedules, whether they are undergoing a managerial change, if any player is recovering from an injury and things of that similar nature.

Furthermore, one important factor that demands review is the venue of the fixture. The away handicap is a huge parameter that holds huge influence when it comes to matches in the CL.

With clubs coming from different countries, away games are even tougher for traveling contingents, and with paramount stakes involved, home teams would be further eager to utilize this advantage to the utmost.

A great example for this scenario would be how Barcelona was humbled the last season at Anfield, despite being the favorites to easily go through.

In addition, tactics employed by the respective gaffers, the teams’ performance against counterparts of higher as well as lower caliber are taken into account as well.

Who are the 2019/20 Champions League Favorites ?

Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp seems the brightest contenders to lift the trophy at the end of the season. Recently, they had demolished close-rivals Manchester City in their PL fixture, which has further improved their stock value. The presence of Virgil van Dijk at the back, coupled with Allison Becker between the sticks, and led by the in-form Sadio Mane at the front, combines to form a terrific prospect.

The other usual suspects are going through comparatively rough patches in their campaigns, and compared to the Reds, do not seem in full flow.

Barcelona are rife with talks of sacking their manager Ernesto Valverde, while Bayern have just done that. Manchester City are trying their best to keep up with the Reds, but so far have not been able to.

Atletico Madrid have been a mere shadow of the team they were in the last seasons, while Juventus are playing in one of the most dead-pan styles they have shown over the course of prior years according to their own legends.

Real Madrid have started to show signs of life, but with no one stepping up to fill the shoes of Cristiano, the Los Blancos are far from favorites, and finally, PSG are suffering with injuries, and are yet to take on tougher opponents under pressure.

There are no tournaments without Dark Horses

Guided by the inspirational Erik ten Hag, Ajax has continued their form of last season. Their impressive attacking-based possession style is reaping rewards for the Dutch contingent, even with them losing some of their major stars.

With several contenders failing to show up, and with their near-miss the preceding campaign, which saw them almost delivering the continental treble, the Lancers are the dark horses to cause major upsets in 2019-20.

Players to Watch Out in the 2019/20 Season

Red Bull Salzburg has in all probability found the next big name in football. 19-year-old Erling Haland has been tearing oppositions apart with his prolific goal-scoring abilities, and physical play. Height is a major tool in his arsenal, which the player puts to good use. The stats the Norwegian has stacked up this season is just phenomenal. It’s no wonder that the footballer is leading the charts of both the Champions League, as well as the Austrian Bundesliga.

The next name is probably no surprise. After being in the limelight for the past few years, it’s high time that Kylian Mbappe steps up and make a pass at being the best on the planet. So far Neymar Jr has failed to deliver for what PSG had purchased him for, and realizing the situation, the 20-year-old has shown signs of leadership. If he’s able to tap into the reserves of potential underneath, we are in line for the birth of the next superstar in footballing world this season.

When does LeagueLane post Champions League Match Previews ?

Due to the heavy traffic involved, and widespread attention from all over the world, we make it a point to provide you with our previews and analyses 48 hours before the kick-off of respective games. This should give the reader ample time to arrive to a judgment on which punts to make.

UEFA Champions League History at a glance

Ah! The joy that is football, and the thrill that is the UCL.

This is a tournament that only the true elite of the sport aspire to go after. Such is the level of competition offered in chasing this glory that it’s deemed to be the toughest of football achievements there is.

Constituted in 1955 as the European Cup, and later revamped and rebranded as the Champions League, the tournament has been witnessing to many a great moments in its long history.

For long, the winner of this prestigious contest has been afforded the authority to make the claim of being the best in Europe, and by default, the best in the world.

With the 65th season of the competition currently in process, we take a brief look back to the ten unforgettable moments the UCL has provided us.

UEFA Champions League History at a glance

Ah! The joy that is football, and the thrill that is the UCL.

This is a tournament that only the true elite of the sport aspire to go after. Such is the level of competition offered in chasing this glory that it’s deemed to be the toughest of football achievements there is.

Constituted in 1955 as the European Cup, and later revamped and rebranded as the Champions League, the tournament has been witnessing to many a great moments in its long history.

For long, the winner of this prestigious contest has been afforded the authority to make the claim of being the best in Europe, and by default, the best in the world.

With the 65th season of the competition currently in process, we take a brief look back to the ten unforgettable moments the UCL has provided us.

Tournament Format

79 teams (including the qualification phase) from 54 different leagues take part in this prestigious tournament, in hopes of etching their name in eternity.

The top-most clubs are offered a direct entry into the contest, while some have to take the indirect route of playoffs, and qualifiers. Moreover, the elite leagues are afforded up to four tickets to the group stage itself, while the ones with lower coefficient are given fewer entries.

The main phase of the competition has a total of 32 teams, divided into eight groups, of four each. These cavalries take on each other twice, once at home, and on the road, with a win warranting three points, and a draw carrying a single point.

At the end of the group stage, two teams each progress to the round of 16, and from there on, lots are picked to determine the fixtures. Once again two-legged ties are used to determine the victor, with only the final being conducted as a one-off game, in an earlier-determined neutral location.

Important Dates for this season

Quarter-finals
  • Draw: 20 March
  • First legs: 7/8 April
  • Second legs: 14/15 April
Semi-finals
  • Draw: 20 March
  • First legs: 28/29 April
  • Second legs: 5/6 May
Final
  • Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı, Istanbul: 30 May

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