Born in the south east of Ireland, Simon put his life-long love of football to good use when he started a successful independent blog in 2010. That opened up an alternative route to a career in journalism, and having had work published across a number of sites and publications, Simon joined the staff at Spotlight Sports Group in 2018.
The final round of 2018/19 UEFA Champions League Group fixtures were played this week over two dramatic evenings of continental action on Tuesday and Wednesday.
While some clubs had secured their places in next year’s UCL knockout phase with a game to spare, others had to fight tooth and nail until the last whistle of their respective final fixtures to qualify.
At the close of play across Europe on Wednesday evening, the identity of the 16 teams progressing to the next stage of the Champions League was confirmed.
However, regular readers of FST would have known the identity of those clubs quite a while ago.
On September 10th, 8 days before a first Champions League Group Stage ball was kicked in anger, our FST analysts correctly predicted the identity of the 2 clubs that eventually qualified from each of the 8 Champions League Groups (A to H).
A dual-qualification forecast accumulator made on September 10th using FST’s insanely accurate Champions League tips would have returned a whopping 240/1 winning bet this week.
FST’s Champions League analysts also picked out 7 of the 8 Group winners, with Atletico Madrid in Group A letting us down for the clean sweep.
In terms of predicting the correct finishing order of the teams in each Group (positions 1 to 4), FST analysts’ forecasts were bang on the money in 6 of the 8 Champions League Groups. Only Group A and Group G slipped through their prophetic net!
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