Contours of the Champions League Group Stage

12 August 2017

According to the calendar schedule of new European season, on the 15-16th and 22-23rd of August will be held the last fourth round of qualification of the Champions League. And then, exactly in three weeks, on the 12th of September, in eight European cities will be held the matches of the first round of group stage.

Champions League Group Stage

Now, when 22 out of 32 participants of the main net of the Champions League are already defined, huge interest of football fans is attracted by the possible structure of eight quartets of the forthcoming tournament. What are the possible variants?

We present your attention the structure of four baskets which contain all 42 participants of the current Champions League draw. It is obvious, that 10 unnecessary clubs will be automatically removed after the finishing of return matches of the fourth round of qualification on the 22-23rd of August.

FIRST BASKET: Real Madrid, Bayern, Juventus, Benfica, Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco, Spartak Moscow;

SECOND BASKET: Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Manchester City, Porto, Manchester United;

THIRD BASKET: Napoli, Tottenham, Basel, Olympiacos, Anderlecht, Liverpool, Rum, Beşiktaş;

FOURTH BASKET: Celtic, CSKA Moscow, Copenhagen, Sporting, Steaua, Young Boys, APOEL, Feyenoord, Maribor, Qarabağ, Nice, Astana, Leipzig, Hoffenheim, Rijeka, Hapoel, Başakşehir, Slavia;

As we see, the fourth and the last basket is the most representative. There are sixteen out of twenty participants of final round of qualification here.

What can be the movements and changes in the structures of baskets? The first basket will remain invariable as all eight clubs are the participants of group stage. In the second basket only Sevilla can be replaced if the Turkish Başakşehir does not manage to beat the Andalusian club in the forthcoming two-matches battle.

In this case, the place of Sevilla in the second basket will be taken by the best team from the third basket. In turn, in the third basket participants of the fourth round of qualification are Napoli, Olympiacos and Liverpool. And in case these clubs don’t enter the main net, their places will be taken by the teams from the last fourth basket in strictly filled sequence.

Let us remind that the structure of each eight quartets of group stage will be built by one team from each basket. And it is natural that in one group there cannot be two teams of one national league.

We wish you successful betting!

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