2020-2021 UEFA Champions League [R]

Discussion in 'Champions League' started by EvanJ, Aug 18, 2020.

  1. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Qualifying Round 1 had five games today and will have twelve games tomorrow. https://evanjsoccer.wordpress.com/2...021-uefa-champions-league-qualifying-round-1/ is where I blogged for the first time since July 23, 2019. I guessed the decimal odds for the club that I thought would be favored. Qualifying Rounds 1, 2, and 3 will have one game instead of two legs.

    Today's results were:

    Qarabag (Azerbaijan) 4-0 Sileks (North Macedonia)
    Legia Warsaw (Poland) 1-0 Linfield (Northern Ireland), Linfield got the only red card of the day in the 75th minute, and Legia scored in the 82nd)
    Dynamo Brest (Belarus) 6-3 Astana (Kazakhstan)
    Celtic (Scotland) 6-0 KR Reykjavik (Iceland)
    Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) 5-0 Europa (Gibraltar)

    Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus), Molde (Norway), Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria), Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova), and CFR Cluj (Romania) are regulars in UEFA competitions who play tomorrow. Of those clubs, Molde, Maccabi Tel Aviv, and Sheriff Tiraspol are at home. The start times are from 5:00 P.M. CET/11:00 A.M. USA Eastern to 9:00 CET/3:00 P.M. USA Eastern. Times in England are one hour later than CET.
  2. itsacardigan

    itsacardigan New Member

    Man Utd
    Aug 17, 2020
    Really want Neymar to win a CL, but Bayern are going to press the crap out of PSG if they get past lyon.
  3. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This topic is for 2020-2021, and you posted about 2019-2020.

    Here are today's results:

    Ararat-Armenia (Armenia) 0-1 Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus) in extra time
    Molde (Norway) 5-0) KuPS (Finland)
    Flora Tallinn (Estonia) 1-1 Suduva Marijampole (Lithuana) after nobody scored in extra time Suduva won penalty kicks 4-2, and Suduva's regulation goal was also a penalty kick
    Celje (Slovenia) 3-0 Dundalk (Ireland)
    Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgia) 0-2 KF Tirana (Albania)
    Ferencvaros (Hungary) 2-0 Djurgardens (Sweden)
    Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) 2-0 Riga FC (Latvia)
    Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro) 1-3 Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria)
    Connah's Quay (Wales) 0-2 FK Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova) 2-0 Fola Esch (Luxembourg)
    Floriana (Malta) 0-2 CFR Cluj (Romania)

    Klaksvik (Faroe Islands) vs. Slovan Brastislava (Slovakia) was postponed to Friday. It would be annoying if the winner of that game was at home next week and another club had to wait to find out where to go, but that won't happen. The winner will go to Young Boys of Switzerland.

    Dynamo Brest of Belarus (3.775 club coefficient) won 6-3 hosting Astana of Kazakhstan (29.000 coefficient). The Belarusian Premier League uses calendar years, and in 2019, Dynamo Brest finished 5 points above BATE Borisov to end BATE Borisov's streak of 13 titles. Through 21 of 30 games this year, BATE Borisov is 3 points behind Shakhtyor Soligorsk, and third place Neman Grodno is 2 points behind BATE Borisov with a game in hand on the top two. The Belarusian Premier League doesn't have a schedule announced after this weekend.

    Qualifying Round 2 will have:

    Champions Path: 10 games

    CFR Cluj (Romania) vs. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)
    Young Boys (Switzerland) vs. Klaksvik (Faroe Islands) or Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia)
    Celtic (Scotland) vs. Ferencvaros (Hungary)
    Suduva Marijampole (Lithuania) vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
    Legia Warsaw (Poland) vs. Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus)
    Celje (Slovenia) vs. Molde (Norway)
    Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria) vs. Midtjylland (Denmark)
    Dynamo Brest (Belarus) vs. FK Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Qarabag (Azerbaijan) vs. Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova)
    KF Tirana (Albania) vs. Crvena Zvezda/Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)

    CFR Cluj vs. Dinamo Zagreb, Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Midtjylland, and Qarabag vs. Sheriff Tiraspol are game between clubs with some success in UEFA competitions.

    League Path: 3 games

    AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands) vs. Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic)
    PAOK (Greece) vs. Besiktas (Turkey)
    Lokomotiva (Croatia) vs. Rapid Wien (Austria)
  4. JoelKing

    JoelKing New Member

    Manchester United
    Sep 13, 2020

    I want to start an original variant of Fantasy Football in a few weeks. It's a Fantasy game for the UEFA Champions League, but with teams instead of players. I need to make a few more posts though before I can start a new thread, but is anyone interested in a game like this?
  5. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm not interested in Fantasy Football.

    Qualifying Round 2 had some surprises:

    Champions (10 games):
    CFR Cluj (Romania) 2-2 (after extra time) Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia), penalty kicks 5-6 to have Dinamo Zagreb advance
    Young Boys (Switzerland) 3-1 Klaksvik (Faroe Islands)*
    Celtic (Scotland) 1-2 Ferencvaros (Hungary)
    Suduva Marijampole (Lithuania) 0-3 Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
    Legia Warsaw (Poland) 0-2 (after extra time) Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus)
    Celje (Slovenia) 1-2 Molde (Norway)
    Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria) 0-1 Midtjylland (Denmark)
    Dynamo Brest (Belarus) 2-1 Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Qarabag (Azerbaijan) 2-1 Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova)
    Tirana (Albania) 0-1 Red Star Belgrade/Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)

    League (Non-Champions): 3 games
    AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands) 3-1 (after extra time) Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic)
    PAOK (Greece) 3-1 Besiktas (Turkey)
    Lokomotiva (Croatia) 0-1 Rapid Wien/Rapid Vienna (Austria)

    * Klaksvik advanced through Qualifying Round 1 because Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia) forfeited because of coronavirus.

    The three Qualifying Round 3 games from the League (Non-Champions) Path were today:

    Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) 2-0 AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands)
    PAOK (Greece) 2-1 Benfica (Portugal)
    Gent (Belgium) 2-1 Rapid Wien/Rapid Vienna (Austria)

    All three home clubs won. The favored club by betting odds that lost is Benfica. The League (Non-Champions) Path will have two pairings in the Playoff Round:

    Krasnodar (Russia) vs. PAOK (Greece) on September 22 in Russia and September 30 in Greece
    Gent (Belgium) vs. Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) on September 23 in Belgium and September 29 in Ukraine

    Krasnodar was third in Russia, which was the sixth best league, which let them start in the Playoff Round.

    The five Qualifying Round 3 games for champions will be tomorrow. I will give the start times in CET and USA Eastern. The seeded clubs are in bold.

    Ferencvaros (Hungary) vs. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) at 5:00 P.M./11:00 A.M.
    Qarabag (Azerbaijan) vs. Molde (Norway) at 7:00 P.M./1:00 P.M.
    Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus) vs. Red Star Belgrade/Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) at 7:00 P.M/1:00 P.M.
    Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) vs. Dynamo Brest (Belarus) at 7:00 P.M./1:00 P.M.^
    Midtjylland (Denmark) vs. Young Boys (Switzerland) at 8:30 P.M./2:30 P.M.

    ^ I root for Israeli clubs, which are rarely on TV in the USA. I'm happy that Maccabi Tel Aviv vs. Dynamo Brest will be on Eleven Sports USA.

    The betting odds disagree with the coefficients enough that Molde is slightly more likely to win than to lose according to odds while being unseeded and away. Odds are made for each club winning and for a draw even if one club must advance.

    I guessed the odds at https://evanjsoccer.wordpress.com/2...021-uefa-champions-league-qualifying-round-3/ which is where I occasionally blog. I did great at guessing the odds for Qualifying Round 2.
  6. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Here are results:

    Qualifying Round 3 for Champions:

    Ferencvaros (Hungary) 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)
    Qarabag (Azerbaijan) 0-0 Molde (Norway), Molde won penalty kicks 6-5
    Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus) 1-1 Red Star Belgrade/Crvena Zvezda (Serbia), Omonia Nicosia won penalty kicks 4-2
    Midtjylland (Denmark) 3-0 Young Boys (Switzerland)
    Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) 3-0 Dynamo Brest (Belarus)

    Playoff Round First Legs, with the first four games for Champions:

    Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) 0-0 Midtjylland (Denmark)
    Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) 1-2 Red Bull Salzburg (Austria)
    Olympiacos (Greece) 2-0 Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus)
    Molde (Norway) 3-3 Ferencvaros (Hungary)
    Krasnodar (Russia) 2-1 PAOK (Greece)
    Gent (Belgium) 1-2 Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine)

    Omonia Nicosia, Ferencvaros, and Dynamo Kyiv will host second legs on Tuesday. Midtjylland, Red Bull Salzburg, and PAOK will host second legs on Wednesday. All the games start at 9:00 P.M./CET/8:00 P.M. England/3:00 P.M. USA Eastern. The Hungarian league ranks 31th of 55, so it would be great for them if Ferencvaros reaches the Group Stage. I'm a fan of Israeli clubs, and Maccabi Tel Aviv led 1-0 before losing 2-1. Maccabi Tel Aviv had six starters out with coronavirus. The six losers will go to the Europa League Playoff Round, so Israel is guaranteed to have a Group Stage club after going consecutive years without any. Israel has Hapoel Be'er Sheva and Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League Playoff Round, and Israel is one of 15 countries with at least three of the 101 remaining clubs. Israel is 21st in the country coefficients. Israel leads so far this season with a 3.500. Clubs that participated and lost their first game got 0.500, so no clubs got 0 points, and the worst league, which is San Marino, got 0.500 after getting 0 last season. Israeli clubs hav 9 wins, 0 draws, and 2 losses. Using the special format for this season because all rounds before the Group Stages are in one game except for the Champions League Playoff Round, wins in qualifying rounds are worth 1.500 instead of the usual 1.000. Israel has (9*1.500 + 0.500 from Beitar Jerusalem who lost in Europa League Qualifying Round 1 = 14.000)/4 clubs = 3.500. The top clubs start in the Champions League Group Stage, so before the group stages is when other leagues can stand out. By "group stages" I mean the Champions League Group Stage and Europa League Group Stage.

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