UEFA Europa League, Conference League, and Champions League 23/24 group stage predictions
UEFA's triple treat: Round 1 Predictions for three exciting tournaments.
Fans and football analysts anxiously anticipate the start of the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League as the interest in the sport reaches a fever pitch. The stage is set for a fantastic talent, tenacity, and passion exhibition, with some of Europe’s best teams competing for supremacy. In this article, we’ll look into the football predictions crystal ball and preview what to anticipate in round one of the Europa, Conference, and Champions League group stages. You should be prepared for some surprises because every team in these tournaments will begin on a clean slate as they work to make things go their way right away! Will we see an upset? Find out below!
UEFA Europa League, Conference League, and Champions League group stage dates
Here, we will show you the key fixtures and dates for matchday one games of the Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League that we will make predictions on!
UEFA Champions League 1st round
Tuesday, 19 September
- AC Milan vs Newcastle United
- Paris Saint-Germain vs Dortmund
Wednesday, 20 September
- Real Madrid vs Union Berlin
- Bayern Munich vs Man United
Europa League group stage matchday 1
Thursday, 21 September
- Ajax vs Marseille
- West Ham vs TSC Backa Topola
- LASK vs Liverpool
UEFA Europa Conference League group stage matchday 1
Thursday, 21 September
- Club Brugge vs Besiktas
- Dinamo Zagreb vs Astana
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UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Conference League round one prediction
UEFA Champions League
AC Milan vs Newcastle United
In their most recent Premier League match, Newcastle defeated Brentford to end a three-game losing streak. The Magpies struggling against Brentford highlights their rough start to the season. At the same time, their opponent, AC Milan, is coming off a humiliating loss to city rivals Inter Milan in Serie A. Milan will be at home and aiming to avenge the humiliation they suffered in their most recent encounter. Tomori will return to the starting lineup, and Milan’s offensive will be able to get past a vulnerable Newcastle backline.
Prediction: AC Milan to win
Paris Saint-Germain vs Borussia Dortmund
This game will have a lot of goals! PSG’s games before and after the break for international play were high-scoring. While Dutch forward Donyell Malen has three goals in four league appearances for Borussia Dortmund this season, French forward Kylian Mbappe has seven league goals in three starts for Paris Saint-Germain. PSG also appears to have some troubles at the defense, with only one clean sheet recorded in five league games. On the other hand, Dortmund have had several high-scoring games this season, as their last game was a 4-2 win over Freiburg.
Prediction: Over 2.5 total goals
Real Madrid vs Union Berlin
Despite Real Madrid sitting in first position in La Liga, their performance has not been convincing enough. However, they are the king of the Champions League and a formidable team to reckon with in this competition. On the other hand, Union Berlin started the Bundesliga well this season but is now on a two-game losing streak as Wolfsburg defeated them 2-1 upon the return from the international break. They scored nine in their first four games this season, so we are backing both teams to score here.
Prediction: Both teams to score
Bayern Munich vs Manchester United
There’s no two ways about this matchup; Bayern Munich will dominate Manchester United. The Bundesliga Champions have started the season well, with new signing Harry Kane leading the line, while Manchester United is currently struggling in the Premier League; upon return from the international break, the Red Devils were defeated by a much weaker side, Brighton side by three goals to one. Although Bayern Munich comes into this game off an intense 2-2 draw against league rivals Bayer Leverkusen, This is a walk in the park for the Bavarians.
Prediction: Bayern Munich to win
UEFA Europa League
Ajax vs Marseille
Marseille has started the season relatively well in Ligue 1. They have won two and drawn three to remain third in the league standings. On the other hand, Ajax struggled to get things going in the Eredivisie as they occupied the twelfth position in the league. Ultimately, Marseille is in relatively good form right now, and with Ajax losing a key player in Mohammed Kudus in the summer transfer window, their offence is quite weakened. Marseille wins this matchup!
Prediction: Marseille to win
West Ham vs TSC Backa Topola
West Ham earned their spot in the Europa League by winning the Conference League last season. The Champs have also started well in the EPL this season, beating the likes of Brighton and Chelsea by a wide margin, although they recently fell to a 3-1 loss to league leaders Manchester City. This, however, will be an easy game for them, despite Backa Topola being Champions of the Serbian League and currently top of the league. West Ham has been bagging goals for fun lately; expect goals here!
Prediction: Over 2.5 total goals
LASK vs Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool seems to be back this season. Liverpool seems to be in form again after a midfield revamp in the just-concluded transfer window. They are tied for second place in the Premier League currently. The Reds seem to have found their rhythm, and it looks like it’s up from now on for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. LASK is in no position to tuple the Reds in this game, so we are backing Liverpool to ease past them.
Prediction: Liverpool to win
Europa Conference League
Club Brugge vs Besiktas
These teams have clashed thrice; Club Brugge has won twice, with Besiktas recording one win. Club Brugge has started the season relatively well, standing fourth in the league after five games. Besiktas, on the other hand, have also remained unbeaten in the Turkish league this season. This will be a close game, but we are backing Club Brugge to get the job done at home.
Prediction: Club Brugge to win
Dinamo Zagreb vs Astana
This is a total mismatch! Zagreb tore Astana apart when they faced off in the second round of Champions League qualifiers. Zagreb won by 8-0 on aggregate as they humiliated the Kazakhstan-based team. It’s a no-brainer: This will be an easy game for Zagreb, with quite a number of goals expected. Dinamo is to score more than two goals here!
Prediction: Dinamo Zagreb Over 2.5 total goals
Moving on, one thing is clear as we excitedly await the start of the first round of the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League: Football fans everywhere are in for an exhilarating and unpredictable ride. Be sure to follow FBR for more football news.
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