BT Sport have used data to predict the entire 2019/20 Champions League season

  • Kobe Tong

If you listen really carefully, you can almost hear the Champions League theme already.

Football fans have been delighted to see the 2019-20 season gear up in recent weeks, but seeing Europe’s best clubs lock horns in continental competition will be the true kick-starter.

Sure, the Premier League takes some beating, but you only need to look at last season’s semi-finals to see that Europe’s flagship competition is simply incomparable on its day.

And now that the final round of qualifying has concluded, supporters can rub their hands together and anticipate a group-stage draw that is guaranteed to pit some huge clubs against one another.

But who are the favourites to go all the way this season? Well, if you ask the bookmakers, then Manchester City are the leading candidates despite their recent frustration in the competition.

2019/20 Champions League

Liverpool are next up as the reigning champions and will fancy their chances of adding a seventh European Cup after reaching two consecutive finals under Jurgen Klopp.

Then, of course, there are the duo of Barcelona and Juventus, who enter the competition with none other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in their teams.

But, then again, it would be impossible to rule out Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane and you can never write off clubs causing a shock like Ajax and Tottenham last season.

Supercomputer predicts the outcome

However, the best possible way of getting an indication is by looking at the statistics and nobody has taken that more seriously than BT Sport this season.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, you will know that the broadcasters have teamed up with Google, Opta and Squawka to produce ‘The Script.’

So, what does it say about the Champions League? We decided to revisit their manifesto of the season just before the group-stage draw and it makes for very interesting reading:

Well, at least the Premier League clubs had one year living the high life.

The data suggests that Zidane will continue his utter domination over the Champions League as a manager, winning back the trophy he already collected in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

It might come as a surprise to see Bayern Munich making it all the way to the final in Istanbul, collecting the scalps of Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus along the way. 

Barcelona were dealt more heartbreak as Real overcame them in the quarter-finals, thrashing them 3-0 at Camp Nou, while Tottenham didn’t even qualify for the knockout stages.

Manchester City continued to disappoint on the European stage with a round of 16 exit, while Chelsea and Liverpool made it furthest for English despite crashing out in the last eight.

But, of course, only time will tell how the Champions League will truly pan out.

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