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Champions League 2022 draw: Group C teams, odds, picks, predictions

The 2022-23 UEFA Champions League draw was held on Thursday, August 25. We break down what to know about Group C.

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Group C, which is being dubbed the “Group of Death”, is packed with three incredibly solid clubs with Bayern Munich, Barcelona, and Inter Milan. Viktoria Plzen rounds out the group, but this setup all but guarantees an early exit for the Czech side. With three contenders and only two berths into the knockout rounds, let’s take a look at how Group C stacked up after the draw.


Bayern Munich
Inter Milan
Viktoria Plzen

Odds to win group

Bayern Munich (-140)
Barcelona (+160)
Inter Milan (+600)
Viktoria Plzen (+15000)

Picks to advance from group: Bayern Munich (-600) and Barcelona (-300)

The highlight of this group that the world will be looking forward to has to be Robert Lewandowski’s first match against his old club as Barcelona goes head-to-head with Bayern Munich. Lewandowski spent nearly a decade with Munich, dominating the league and winning six Bundesliga scoring titles in a Bayern kit. These two sides were both drawn into Group E last year, which saw Munich top the group and Barcelona finish in third place, making the transfer to Europa League.

Bayern hasn’t missed a beat since Lewandowski’s departure, still dominating the Bundesliga table so far this season as newly-signed Sadio Mane has done well to help fill the gap thus far.

I’m picking both of those two clubs to advance out of the group stage and into the knockouts, while I see Inter Milan finishing in third and head to Europa League this time around. Unfortunately for Plzen, they’re likely to finish last and will be lucky to be able to grind out any kind of result against the other three teams.

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