The Champions League 2013/2014 Gets Serious

The Champions League is finally starting to get serious as the group stages make way for the excitement of the knockout stages as the world's greatest club competition reaches its last 16-stage.

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As usual the cast is a superlative one with the strongest teams from the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue1 and Serie A all making it through to the knockout stages without any real surprises to talk about.

The favourites for the title with Unibet remain the titleholders Bayern Munich, who are 5/2 to retain the title despite losing at home to Manchester City 3 v 2 in the final game of the group.

It was an unusual slip for Bayern who let a two-goal lead slip to fall to only their third defeat in 14 months in all competitions.

Man City are decent value at 12/1 as the bookmakers don't put much faith in an English team taking the title, after they failed to even have a team in the last four last year. Man City are actually the best-priced English side with Chelsea (14/1) and Man United & Arsenal both looking fanciful at 16/1.

The two Spanish giants are back to try and avenge their semi-final exits. Barcelona are second favourites at 9/2, despite the continual injury worries for their enigmatic wizard Lionel Messi, and Real Madrid are looking a decent bet at 5/1.

Last year's runners up Borussia Dortmund needed a last gasp strike from Kevin Grosskreutz to see them leapfrog Arsenal and Napoli in the final match of Group F - winning on goal difference. You can pick up odds of 12/1 for the German outfit.

If you fancy an outside bet, then you need to be looking at: AC Milan (40/1), Bayer Leverkusen (100/1), St. Petersburg, Galatassary and Schalke 04 (150/1) or Olympiakos (400/1).

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