The18’s Champions League Predictions For 2022-23 Season

From biggest surprise to top scorer, The18 staff members made Champions League predictions for the 2022-23 season.

The largest club competition in the world returns on Tuesday. Following the draw on Aug. 25, the Champions League groups have been made and play will begin on Sept. 6 when both games in Group G kick off.

The18 staff broke out our crystal balls to make some bold predictions for the 2022-23 Champions League season. Let us know how you feel about our Champions League predictions for 2022-23.

The18’s Champions League Predictions 2022-23

Corey Basciano (Client Experience)

  • Group of Death: Group H
  • Biggest surprise of the group stage: Marseille
  • Top scorer of the group stage: Robert Lewandowski
  • How many points will FC Viktoria Plzeň finish with: 1 point :(
  • Which Scottish team will do better: Celtic
  • Smaller club to make a deep run: Marseille 
  • Big club to crash out: Inter, does that count as big?
  • Top scorer: Erling Haaland
  • Winner: PSG
  • Goals scored by Americans: 6-9

Colby Conetta (Sales Support)

  • Group of Death: Group C
  • Biggest surprise of the group stage: Barcelona (actually advancing this year)
  • Top scorer of the group stage: Erling Haaland
  • How many points will FC Viktoria Plzeň finish with: 0, negative if they could finish with negative points
  • Which Scottish team will do better: Celtic
  • Smaller club to make a deep run: None
  • Big club to crash out: Chelsea
  • Top scorer: Erling Haaland
  • Winner: PSG
  • Goals scored by Americans: 2 (McKennie and Reyna)

Liam Hanley (Intern Writer)

  • Group of Death: Group C has the biggest names, but Group A will be the most difficult to progress from
  • Biggest surprise of the group stage: PSG only advances thanks to a win on the final matchday
  • Top scorer of the group stage: Harry Kane
  • How many points will FC Viktoria Plzeň finish with: 1 point
  • Which Scottish team will do better: Rangers earns more points, but both finish third in their group
  • Smaller club to make a deep run: Porto
  • Big club to crash out: Barcelona
  • Top scorer: Neymar
  • Winner: Bayern Munich
  • Goals scored by Americans: 1 goal

 

Travis Yoesting (Writer)

  • Group of Death: Group C
  • Biggest surprise of the group stage: Atlético struggling to make it out of a weak group
  • Top scorer of the group stage: Harry Kane
  • How many points will FC Viktoria Plzeň finish with: 1
  • Which Scottish team will do better: Rangers will play better, but Celtic will accrue more points
  • Smaller club to make a deep run: Porto, if that counts as a smaller club
  • Big club to crash out: Inter or Barcelona
  • Top scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo Karim Benzema
  • Winner: Man City (I've picked them to win the last few years, eventually I have to be right)
  • Goals scored by Americans: 4-6

 

David Moore (Writer)

  • Group of Death: Group C
  • Biggest surprise: Celtic plays really well and advances to Round of 16
  • Top scorer of the group stage: Karim Benzema
  • How many points will FC Viktoria Plzeň finish with: 1 point (a draw at home to Inter Milan)
  • Which Scottish team will do better: Celtic
  • Smaller club to make a deep run: Celtic to the quarterfinals
  • Big club to crash out: Inter Milan
  • Top scorer: Erling Haaland
  • Winner: PSG
  • Goals Scored By Americans: 4 (2 Pulisic, 1 Reyna, 1 Tillman)

 

Mariel McCown (Video Producer)

  • Group of Death: Group C
  • Biggest surprise of the group stage: Haaland v. Dortmund — he accidentally scores an own goal
  • Top scorer of the group stage: Harry Kane
  • How many points will FC Viktoria Plzeň finish with: 1
  • Which Scottish team will do better: Rangers
  • Smaller club to make a deep run: Shakhtar
  • Big club to crash out: Barca
  • Top scorer: Haaland
  • Winner: City
  • Goals scored by Americans: 3

 

Luis Vidal (Writer)

  • Group of Death: Group C. Viktoria Plzeň is very dead.
  • Biggest surprise of the group stage: Benfica
  • Top scorer of the group stage: Erling Haaland (8)
  • How many points will FC Viktoria Plzeň finish with: 0
  • Which Scottish team will do better: Celtic FC
  • Smaller club to make a deep run: RB Leipzig
  • Big club to crash out: Juventus
  • Top Scorer: Haaland (13)
  • Winner: If they keep Neymar, PSG.
  • Goals scored by Americans: Being generous, 1.

 

Connor Fleming (Writer)

  • Group of Death: Group C
  • Biggest surprise of the group stage: Celtic reaches the last 16 for the first time since 2012-13
  • Top scorer of the group stage: Erling Haaland — you know he's getting a hat-trick in both games against Dortmund
  • How many points will FC Viktoria Plzeň finish with: 1 — they'll record a 0-0 home draw with Inter Milan
  • Which Scottish team will do better: Celtic
  • Smaller club to make a deep run: Once Florian Wirtz is healthy, I like Bayer Leverkusen
  • Big club to crash out: Inter Milan and Dortmund are headed to the Europa League
  • Top Scorer: Erling Haaland
  • Winner: Man City
  • Goals scored by Americans: As many as it takes to #FreePulisic

 

Thiago Najman Nejm (Social Media)

  • Group of Death: Group C
  • Biggest surprise of the group stage: Benfica
  • Top scorer of the group stage: Uncle Ney
  • How many points will FC Viktoria Plzeň finish with: 2
  • Which Scottish team will do better: No answer
  • Smaller club to make a deep run: None
  • Big club to crash out: Juventus
  • Top scorer: Uncle Ney
  • Winner: PSG
  • Goals scored by Americans: 5

 

Giancarlo Cornejo (Intern Writer)

  • Group of Death: Group D
  • Biggest surprise of the group stage: Marseille
  • Top scorer of the group stage: Neymar
  • How many points will FC Viktoria Plzeň finish with: 1
  • Which Scottish team will do better: Celtic
  • Smaller club to make a deep run: Napoli or Marseille
  • Big club to crash out: Liverpool or Juventus
  • Top scorer: Benzema
  • Winner: Real Madrid
  • Goals scored by Americans: 3

 

Joseph Reina (Intern Writer)

  • Group of Death: Group C
  • Biggest surprise of the group stage: Benfica
  • Top scorer of the group stage: Haaland
  • How many points will FC Viktoria Plzeň finish with: 1
  • Which Scottish team will do better: Rangers
  • Smaller club to make a deep run: Benfica
  • Big club to crash out: Juventus
  • Top scorer: Haaland
  • Winner: Man City
  • Goals scored by Americans: 4

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