PST writers predict the UEFA Champions League group stage

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The 2015-16 UEFA Champions League group stage kicks off on Tuesday, and there’s plenty of expectation in the air as elite teams from across Europe go head-to-head.

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Reigning champions Barcelona is the favorites to retain their title, but with four Premier League teams in the hunt and strong teams from across the continent, plenty see the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain as serious contenders alongside perennial giants Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

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Below the five writers from ProSoccerTalk predict how all eight UCL groups will play out between now and December, as the top two teams go through to the last 16 knockout round and the third place teams will join the Europa League knockout stage. Can Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal and Manchester United rule Europe?

Get ready for that famous anthem to start reverberating around your head…

Joe Prince-Wright

Group A
Real Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain
Shakhtar Donetsk
Malmo FF

Group B
Manchester United
Wolfsburg
CSKA Moscow
PSV Eindhoven

Group C
Atletico Madrid
Galatasaray
Benfica
FC Astana

Group D
Manchester City
Juventus
Sevilla
Borussia Monchengladbach

Group E
Barcelona
Bayern Leverkusen
Roma
BATE Borisov

Group F
Bayern Munich
Arsenal
Olympiakos
Dinamo Zagreb

Group G
Chelsea
FC Porto
Dynamo Kyiv
Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Group H
Lyon
Valencia
Zenit St. Petersburg
Gent

Nicholas Mendola

Group A
Real Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain
Shakhtar Donetsk
Malmo FF

Group B
Manchester United
Wolfsburg
CSKA Moscow
PSV Eindhoven

Group C
Atletico Madrid
Galatasaray
Benfica
FC Astana

Group D
Manchester City
Sevilla
Juventus
Borussia Monchengladbach

Group E
Barcelona
Roma
Bayer Leverkusen
BATE Borisov

Group F
Bayern Munich
Arsenal
Dinamo Zagreb
Olympiakos

Group G
Chelsea
FC Porto
Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Dynamo Kyiv

Group H
Zenit St. Petersburg
Valencia
Lyon
Gent

Andy Edwards

Group A
Real Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain
Shakhtar Donetsk
Malmo FF

Group B
Manchester United
CSKA Moscow
Wolfsburg
PSV Eindhoven

Group C
Atletico Madrid
Benfica
Galatasaray
FC Astana

Group D
Manchester City
Sevilla
Juventus
Borussia Monchengladbach

Group E
Barcelona
Bayern Leverkusen
Roma
BATE Borisov

Group F
Bayern Munich
Arsenal
Dinamo Zagreb
Olympiakos

Group G
Chelsea
FC Porto
Dynamo Kyiv
Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Group H
Zenit St. Petersburg
Lyon
Valencia
Gent

Kyle Lynch

Group A
Real Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain
Shakhtar Donetsk
Malmo FF

Group B
Wolfsburg
Manchester United
CKSA Moscow
PSV Eindhoven

Group C
Atletico Madrid
Benfica
Galatasaray
FC Astana

Group D
Juventus
Manchester City
Sevilla
Borussia Monchengladbach

Group E
Barcelona
Roma
Bayer Leverkusen
BATE Borisov

Group F
Bayern Munich
Arsenal
Dinamo Zagreb
Olympiakos

Group G
Chelsea
FC Porto
Dynamo Kiev
Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Group H
Zenit St. Petersburg
Valencia
Lyon
Gent

Kyle Bonn

Group A
Paris Saint-Germain
Real Madrid
Shakhtar Donetsk
Malmo

Group B
Wolfsburg
Manchester United
PSV Eindhoven
CSKA Moscow

Group C
Atletico Madrid
Benfica
Galatasaray
FC Astana

Group D
Manchester City
Juventus
Sevilla
Monchengladbach

Group E
Barcelona
Roma
Leverkusen
BATE

Group F
Bayern Munich
Arsenal
Olympiakos
Zagreb

Group G
Chelsea
FC Porto
Dynamo Kyiv
Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Group H
Zenit St. Petersburg
Valencia
Lyon
Gent