Champions League pundits' predictions

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GABRIELE MARCOTTI
Group A: Manchester United, Real Sociedad
Group B: Juventus, Real Madrid
Group C: Paris Saint-Germain, Benfica
Group D: Bayern, Man City
Group E: Chelsea, Basel
Group F: Napoli, Arsenal
Group G: Atletico Madrid, Zenit
Group H: Barcelona, Milan

WINNERS: Juventus
RUNNERS-UP: Chelsea
Top scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo
Biggest shock: Celtic taking points from Barca ... again!

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RAPHAEL HONIGSTEIN
Group A: Manchester United, Leverkusen
Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus
Group C: PSG, Benfica
Group D: Bayern Munich, Manchester City
Group E: Chelsea, Schalke
Group F: Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal
Group G: FC Porto, Atletico
Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan

WINNERS: Real Madrid
RUNNERS-UP: Bayern Munich
Top scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo
Biggest shock: Barca to go out in the quarters

JOHN BREWIN
Group A: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk
Group B: Juventus, Real Madrid
Group C: PSG, Benfica
Group D: Bayern Munich, Manchester City
Group E: Chelsea, Basel
Group F: Borussia Dortmund, Napoli
Group G: Atletico, FC Porto
Group H: Barcelona, Ajax

WINNERS: Bayern Munich
RUNNERS-UP: Real Madrid
Top scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo
Biggest shock: Gareth Bale not to score a single Champions League goal

Will Gareth Bale fail to shine on the European stage with Real Madrid?GettyImagesWill Gareth Bale fail to shine on the European stage with Real Madrid?

JAMES HORNCASTLE
Group A: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk
Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus
Group C: PSG, Benfica
Group D: Bayern Munich, Manchester City
Group E: Chelsea, Basel
Group F: Borussia Dortmund, Napoli
Group G: Porto, Atletico Madrid
Group H: Barcelona, Milan

WINNERS: Borussia Dortmund
RUNNERS-UP: Juventus
Top scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo
Biggest shock: Atletico Madrid to reach the quarters

MICHAEL COX
Group A: Man Utd, Bayer Leverkusen
Group B: Juventus, Real Madrid
Group C: PSG, Benfica
Group D: Bayern, Manchester City
Group E: Chelsea, Basel
Group F: Arsenal, Dortmund
Group G: Atletico Madrid, Porto
Group H: Barcelona, Milan

WINNERS: Juventus
RUNNERS-UP: Borussia Dortmund
Top scorer: Lionel Messi
Biggest shock: Viktoria Plzen to get results against Man City and Bayern

RICHARD JOLLY
Group A: Man Utd, Shakhtar Donetsk
Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus
Group C: Paris Saint-Germain, Benfica
Group D: Bayern Munich, Man City
Group E: Chelsea, Schalke
Group F: Borussia Dortmund, Napoli
Group G: Zenit St Petersburg, Porto
Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan

WINNERS: Real Madrid
RUNNERS-UP: Bayern Munich
Top scorer: Lionel Messi
Biggest shock: Arsenal going out in the group stages. Just.

MIGUEL DELANEY
Group A: Manchester United, Real Sociedad
Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus
Group C: Paris Saint-Germain, Benfica
Group D: Bayern Munich, Manchester City
Group E: Chelsea, Schalke
Group F: Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal
Group G: Porto, Atletico Madrid
Group H: Barcelona, Ajax

WINNERS: Bayern Munich
RUNNERS-UP: Barcelona
Top scorer: Lionel Messi
Biggest shock: One of Manchester United, Arsenal or AC Milan to go out, with vibrant young teams in Real Sociedad or Ajax to take them by surprise. If pushed, I'd say Ajax eliminating Milan.

Ajax boss Frank de Boer is tipped to cause a shock in Group H.GettyImagesAjax boss Frank de Boer is tipped to cause a shock in Group H.

KEVIN PALMER
Group A: Manchester United, Real Sociedad
Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus
Group C: Paris Saint-German, Benfica
Group D: Bayern Munich, Manchester City
Group E: Chelsea, FC Basel
Group F: Borussia Dortmund, Napoli
Group G: Atletico Madrid, FC Porto
Group H: Barcelona, Ajax

WINNERS: Real Madrid
RUNNERS-UP: Bayern Munich
Top scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo
Biggest shock: Arsenal to go out in the group stages and be condemned to Europa League. Also, look for Ajax to get the better of AC Milan in the group stages

ANDY BRASSELL
Group A: Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen
Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus
Group C: PSG, Benfica
Group D: Bayern, Manchester City
Group E: Chelsea, Schalke
Group F: Dortmund, Napoli
Group G: Porto, Atletico
Group H: Barcelona, Milan

WINNERS: Real Madrid
RUNNERS-UP: PSG
Top scorer: Mario Balotelli
Biggest shock: Leverkusen to reach the last eight, at least. A front three of Kiessling, Son and Sam that will score for fun will cover their general lack of experience at the level.

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