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UEFA Champions League, 2018-2019 Season

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Champions League Group draws

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge

Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan

Group C Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade

Group D Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray

Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens

Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim

Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen

Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys

Groups B & C look tough.  Group D is all chumps.  Bayern, City and Real will all easily win their groups.  Valencia may knock out Man U.

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Considering Manchester United's Premier League season is pretty much over before it even began...might as well put their energy into the CL.  or FA Cup.  or the League Cup.

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1 minute ago, Tweaked said:

Considering Manchester United's Premier League season is pretty much over before it even began...might as well put their energy into the CL.  or FA Cup.  or the League Cup.

I think Man U will get knocked out at the group stage and the "Special One" will get sacked.

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That's a tough draw for my Spurs. At least we spanked ManU at Old Trafford on Monday!

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Going to Charles Town this afternoon so I can wager on soccer (and other sports).  Any thoughts on this weekend's games?

Liverpool v. Tottenham should be a good match.  Tottenham and missing Dele Alli - I'm thinking Liverpool wins this game.  Chelsea, City and Arsenal should all win.  What about Watford v. Man U?

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Champions League started with a bang. 

Messi curls in another free kick in the top right corner.  It was funny to see a defender crouching behind their wall, presumably to stop Messi from going under the wall.  Messi ended with another hat trick, giving him the most hat tricks thus far in the Champions League.

Liverpool and PSG was an exciting match, except when Sturridge's right foot rolled over the ball and ended up stomping all over the goalie's junk.  Personally I don't know if that was a foul.  

https://ftw.usatoday.com/2018/09/psg-liverpool-keeper-alphonse-areola-cleat-groin-video-sturridge-salah-mbappe-champions-league

Watch the embedded video...

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Placed bets on the following to win this weekend

1.  Tottenham -200

2.  Everton -150

3.  Leicester +195

4.  Liverpool +150

5.  Bournemouth +125

6.  Sevilla +125

7.  Gironde +200

8.  Alaves +245

I hate Hollywood casino.  There’s not even a place to order a beer or eat at 9:45 am.

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On 9/29/2018 at 9:40 AM, Ericandblueboy said:

Placed bets on the following to win this weekend

1.  Tottenham -200  won $100

2.  Everton -150 won $100

3.  Leicester +195 won $195

4.  Liverpool +150 lost $100 

5.  Bournemouth +125 won $125

6.  Sevilla +125 won $125

7.  Gironde +200 lost $100

8.  Alaves +245 lost $100

 

Total = up $345 on $950 of wagering.

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El Clásico is at 11:15 Sunday (i.e., tomorrow).  Read Madrid sold the alleged rapist (i.e., Ronaldo) this past summer and Messi is hurt.  First time in something like 12 years that neither Penaldo nor Messi will play in the rivalry.

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Looks like Cavani is injured; PSG not in great shape to face United.

Big selection problem with Bayern.  Muller is suspended, but that's actually not the biggest issue.  Among Javi Martinez, Thiago, James, and Goretzka, it appears that Javi is needed to stop Liverpool's counters but putting him in gives up a valuable resource required for an absolutely essential away goal (or two), and doesn't actually stop Liverpool from scoring - it's a question of when rather than if.

 

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PSG v. Man U should be good.  PSG's missing Neymar, Cavani, Rabiot and possibly Verratti.  Man U is in good form, especially with Rashford at the #9 spot.  I prefer to see Man U win because a fully fit PSG could be trouble for Barca down the road.

Tottenham v. Dortmund may be close but both teams may miss their top scorer in Kane and Reus.  I hope Dortmund can go through as their style of football is fun to watch.

Madrid vs. Ajax. Madrid's in good form lately.  I don't follow Ajax but I heard they haven't been playing very well lately notwithstanding having some serious talent.

Liverpool v. Bayern.  Bayern is having a down year, not even winning the Bundesliga.  Liverpool's Van Dijk's suspended for the 1st leg and Salah isn't in great form.  I still pick Liverpool.

Atletico Madrid v. Juve.  I like to see Ronaldo out of the tournament.

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No love for today's Roma v. Porto? 

Porto is one of those teams that you never really want to meet in the CL knock out round.  They always seem to punch above their weight class.  And with Roma in 6th place this season, Porto have to like their chances.   

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Barça beat Madrid 3-0 in Madrid in the 2nd leg of the Copa del Rey to advance on last Wednesday.  Madrid's left-back Sergio Reguilón was seen crying after the loss.

Barça beat Madrid 1-0 in Madrid in their 2nd La Liga meeting of the season, leaving Madrid 12 points back.  Instead of crying, Sergio Reguilón told Luis Suarzez that he's "really ugly."  In response, Suarez mocked Reguilón for crying.

I would love to see Ajax knock Madrid out of Champions League tomorrow.

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Great performance by Ajax yesterday.  I was impressed by them in the group stage as well as in the home loss to RM, but I didn't see this coming.

This leaves a slightly more open field than in a number of years.  We can begin to speculate after the quarterfinal draw.

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15 hours ago, Ericandblueboy said:

Anyone watch the United game?

Lukaku scored early (2nd minute).  PSG piled on the pressure and scored shortly after.  Buffon gaffed to give ManU the 2-1 lead.

After that, ManU looked disorganized for much of the game, spraying passes all over the place.  At the end of the game they were putting in players called up from their youth squads.

In about the 89 minute, Kimpembe (PSG) blocked a shot by jumping and turning his back, but left a flying elbow hanging and was called for a handball on VAR review.  A tough call, but most pundits agree it was technically a handball.  Rashford buried it with authority. 

Agg. 3-3 ManU advanced on away goals.  They got the job done, but it wasn't pretty.

Highlights

 

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