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Champions League 2023 draw: Group D teams, odds, picks, predictions

The 2023-24 UEFA Champions League draw was held on Thursday, August 31. We break down what to know about Group D.

Benfica’s Croatian forward Petar Musa celebrates scoring his team’s third goal, with Benfica’s Portuguese midfielder Joao Neves, during the Portuguese league football match between Gil Vicente FC and SL Benfica at the Cidade de Barcelos stadium in Barcelos on August 26,
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Last year’s runners-up Inter Milan will attempt to get back to the final and take the last step in 2023-24 when they begin Champions League play in Group D. They’re being slotted with a tough Portuguese side in Benfica, an Austrian development machine and a La Liga side which made noise a season ago. Here’s a look at Group D.

Teams with odds to win group

Inter Milan: -120
Benfica: +225
Real Sociedad: +500
FC Salzburg: +1000

Picks to advance from group: Benfica, Inter Milan

Benfica have historically been solid in this competition and should be able to get past the other teams in this group. FC Salzburg will surely have some young talented players, but nobody like former stars Erling Haaland, Dayot Upamecano or Dominik Szobozlai. Real Sociedad are off to a rough start in La Liga with three draws, but could turn it around.

Inter Milan have plenty of issues right now, largely surrounding the future of Romelu Lukaku. However, they’ll still got a great 1-2 punch up top with Lautaro Martinez and Marcus Thuram while Yann Sommer is one of the top goalkeepers in the game. Despite some tension, they should be able to take care of business in this relatively light group.