You can find my picks for Group A-D in my Champions League Lock Report Part 1 here https://thebookiesbasement.com/2019/09/10/get-out-your-euros-champions-league-group-stage-lock-report-part-1/ , but here are Barnes’ locks for Groups E-H
Group E: Liverpool (-220)
Defending champions Liverpool are the clear favorite in Group E which is comprised of Napoli (+180 to win the group and my choice to advance onto the next round with Liverpool), Salzburg, and Genk. Hammer Napoli and Liverpool against the lesser sides from Austria and Belgium.
Group F: Barcelona (-275)
The men of Barca are the clear favorites, but the battle for second place is the most interesting of all the Groups. Dortmund (+350 to win group) and Inter Milan (+550 to win group) look to secure a spot into the next round. I’m taking Inter Milan over Dortmund for second place. Fade lowly Slavia Prague in every match.
Group G: Lyon (+225)
This is the Group of Death in this years Champions League. The favorite of the Group is RB Leipzig of the Bundesliga at (+175), but more my money I think the value is with Lyon. Benfica is the third favorite at (+250) but don’t think they’ll have enough to outlast Lyon or RB Leipzig in this Group of Death. Even projected bottom finisher Zenit St. Petersburg can pack a punch and prove to be a handful. Take the overs in this Group as even play looks to yield plenty of offense.
Group H: Chelsea (-114) & Ajax (+300)
This was a hard pick for me but ultimately decided to choose both of these teams because of the value. Chelsea is still figuring out their team identity with Frank Lampard at the helm without their former star Eden Hazard, but are way too talented to not advance. However, last years cinderella Ajax at (+300) is a steal, especially if the Dutch side can repeat the magic from last years campaign.
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