Owen picks Barcelona.

Michael Owen predicts who will win the Champions League

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The Champions League is back and everyone is loving it.

How can you not enjoy Europe’s best sides and the world’s best players going head-to-head on a weeknight?

This week sees the 2016/17 Champions League campaign start as all 32 clubs begin their quest to reach Cardiff in May.

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But who will be lifting the famous ‘Big Ears’ trophy in Wales?

Well, Michael Owen has had his say.

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The former striker claims there he simply ‘can’t see past’ Barcelona as they look to win their fourth Champions League in nine years.

Did he realise he used to play for Real Madrid?

But which Premier League club does he think stands the best chance? That’s right, the former Manchester United player opted for their arch-rivals, Manchester City.

It seems that the bookmakers agree with Owen that Barcelona are favourites to win Europe’s elite competition. They rate the Catalans as 8/1 favourites to lift the trophy for the sixth time.

If they do, it would extend Spain’s stranglehold on the competition with the previous three winners coming from La Liga with Madrid winning it in 2014 and 2016 and Barca in 2015.

Interestingly, both Owen’s tip for the competition and his suggestion of the Premier League’s main hope find themselves in the very same group.

The two sides are joined by Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic in Group C as they set their sights of progressing into the knock-out rounds.

FC Barcelona v Manchester City - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

Standing in their way, though, are a host of top European clubs with their sights set to winning the greatest prize in European football.

Real Madrid will be hoping to retain their trophy while Juventus, who may have lost Paul Pogba this summer, have assembled a squad capable of going one better than when they reached the final in 2015.

Then there’s Bayern Munich, who have been knocked out at the semi-final stage for the previous three seasons with Carlo Ancelotti hoping to emulate Jump Heynckes achievements in 2013.

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