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Overview for UEFA Europa League, and Conference League and Champions League group stage 2023

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Football fans and analysts are eagerly waiting for the start of the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League, as the excitement for the sport is at its highest. The competition will showcase top European teams, displaying their skills, determination, and passion. In this article, we will analyze the upcoming first round of Europa, Conference and Champions League group stage and make predictions using our football knowledge. It is important to note that all teams are starting from scratch, which may lead to some unexpected outcomes. Stay tuned to find out if we predict any upsets. 

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UEFA Europa League, Conference League, and Champions League group stage dates

Below, we have outlined the key fixtures and dates for matchday one games of the Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League that we will be discussing:

UEFA Champions League 1st round

Tuesday, 19 September

  • AC Milan vs Newcastle United 
  • Paris Saint-Germain vs Dortmund 

Wednesday, 20 September

  • Real Madrid vs Union Berlin 
  • Bayern Munich vs Man United

Europa League group stage matchday 1 

Thursday, 21 September

  • Ajax vs Marseille
  • West Ham vs TSC Backa Topola
  • LASK vs Liverpool

UEFA Europa Conference League group stage matchday 1

Thursday, 21 September

  • Club Brugge vs Besiktas
  • Dinamo Zagreb vs Astana

Europa League, Conference League and Champions League group stage Round One matches preview

UEFA Champions League group stage

AC Milan vs Newcastle United

After ending a three-game losing streak with a win against Brentford, Newcastle still faces some challenges, as highlighted by their vulnerability in that match. AC Milan will be looking to avenge their recent humiliating loss to city rivals Inter Milan in Serie A. With Tomori returning to the starting lineup, Milan’s offense is expected to beat a weak Newcastle backline.

Paris Saint-Germain vs Borussia Dortmund

This match is expected to be high-scoring, with both teams boasting talented forwards. While Donyell Malen has three goals for Dortmund this season, Kylian Mbappe has seven league goals for PSG. However, PSG’s defense has been weak, securing only one clean sheet in five league games. Dortmund is coming off a 4-2 win against Freiburg.

Real Madrid vs Union Berlin

Real Madrid hasn’t been impressive this season, despite being in first position in La Liga. Union Berlin, on the other hand, started well in the Bundesliga before losing two straight games. They are likely to score, though, having scored nine goals in their first four games. We predict both teams will score.

Bayern Munich vs Manchester United

Bayern Munich is expected to comfortably defeat Manchester United, who have been struggling in the Premier League lately. Although the Bavarians come into the match off an intense 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen, they are much stronger than Manchester United.

UEFA Europa League

Ajax vs Marseille

Marseille has started well in Ligue 1 this season, while Ajax has struggled in the Eredivisie. Marseille has the upper hand in this match, and the loss of a key player in Mohammed Kudus in the transfer window could weaken Ajax’s offense.

West Ham vs TSC Backa Topola

After winning the Conference League last season, West Ham has started well in the EPL this season. Although Backa Topola currently tops the Serbian League, they’ll likely be no match for West Ham, who have been scoring lots of goals lately.

LASK vs Liverpool

Liverpool have found form again and are tied for second in the Premier League. LASK is not expected to pose much of a challenge to them.

Europa Conference League

Club Brugge vs Besiktas 

Club Brugge has won twice, and Besiktas once, in their previous meetings. Although Besiktas remains unbeaten in the Turkish league this season, Club Brugge is expected to win at home.

Dinamo Zagreb vs Astana

This match is expected to be a one-sided affair, with Dinamo Zagreb having easily defeated Astana in the Champions League qualifiers. Dinamo should score more than two goals.

In conclusion, the opening round of UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League fixtures promises to be action-packed and exciting. Fans around the world are eagerly anticipating the mouth-watering clashes between some of Europe’s biggest football clubs, and the matches are sure to offer plenty of drama and excitement. With so much at stake in these early rounds, every team will be giving it their all, and we look forward to seeing some thrilling football over the coming weeks and months.

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