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How good were my UEFA Champions League 2018/2019 Group Stage Predictions – The Soccer Column #9

Last matches of Champions League group stage were played yesterday. We know 16 teams which will go on to play-off phase and still have a chance to win Champions League 2018/2019. We also know the names of 8 teams continuing in European League.

Now it is the right time to go back in a time. In September I made predictions about the outcome of the Group Stage. I ranked teams in each group and now we can evaluate how good or bad I was.

The overall result is …

I get right 21 teams out of 32 teams that give 65.6 percent success rate.

I was right in naming 14 out of 16 teams going into the play-off what gives 87.5 percent success rate.

I predicted three groups rankings absolutely correctly.

Check all predictions versus reality below

These are the highlights SOCCERsoda is pretty proud of. There are two possible explanations of our success. Either the predicting of the Champions League group stage is easy, as there are not so many surprises, or I was just lucky.

No matter what is the reason, I would grade myself as B.

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Predictions versus Reality

Group A:
Our prediction: 1. Dortmund 2. Atletico Madrid 3. Monaco 4. Club Brugge
Reality: 1. Dortmund 2. Atletico Madrid 3. Club Brugge 4. Monaco

Result: 2 right out of 4 (50%)

Group B:
Our prediction: 1. Barcelona 2. Tottenham 3. Eindhoven 4. Inter Milan
Reality: 1. Barcelona 2. Tottenham 3. Inter Milan 4. Eindhoven

Result: 2 right out of 4 (50%)

Group C:
Our prediction: 1. Paris St. Germain 2. Liverpool 3. Napoli 4. Crvena Zvezda
Reality: 1. Paris St. Germain 2. Liverpool 3. Napoli 4. Crvena Zvezda

Result: 4 right out of 4 (100%)

Group D:
Our prediction: 1. Porto 2. Galatasaray 3. Lokomotiv Moscow 4. Schalke
Reality: 1. Porto 2. Schalke 3. Galatasaray 4. Lokomotiv Moscow

Result: 1 right out of 4 (25%)

Group E:
Our prediction: 1. Bayern Munich 2. Ajax 3. Benfica 4. AEK Athens
Reality: 1. Bayern Munich 2. Ajax 3. Benfica 4. AEK Athens

Result: 4 right out of 4 (100%)

Group F:
Our prediction: 1. Manchester City 2. Lyon 3. Shakhtar Donetsk 4. Hoffenheim
Reality: 1. Manchester City 2. Lyon 3. Shakhtar Donetsk 4. Hoffenheim

Result: 4 right out of 4 (100%)

Group G:
Our prediction: 1. Real Madrid 2. AS Roma 3. CSKA Moscow 4. Plzen
Reality: 1. Real Madrid 2. AS Roma 3. Plzen 4. CSKA Moscow

Result: 2 right out of 4 (50%)

Group H:
Our prediction: 1. Juventus 2. Valencia 3. Manchester United 4. Young Boys
Reality: 1. Juventus 2. Manchester United 3. Valencia 4. Young Boys

Result: 2 right out of 4 (50%)

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Champions League 2018/2019 dates

Round of 16 Matchdays:
The draw will be held on 17 December 2018
First Legs: 12/13 & 19/20 February 2019
Second Legs: 5/6 & 12/13 March 2019

Quarterfinals Matchdays:
The draw will be held on 15 March 2019
First Legs: 9/10 April 2019
Second Legs: 16/17 April 2019

Semifinals Matchdays:
The draw will be held on 15 March 2019
First Legs: 30 April/1 May 2019
Second Legs: 7/8 May 2019

Finals:
Estadio Metropolitano Madrid on 1 June 2019

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