Which Teams Are Favoured To Move Out of the Group Stage?

Published on August 31st, 2015 8:34 pm EST

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After months of qualification games, the Group Stage of the 2015/16 Champions League tournament has now been set.

Last week in Monaco, the draw for the Champions League group stage took place. Some of the more intriguing groups are Group A (Real Madrid, PSG, Shakhtar Donetsk) and Group F (Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Olympiacos).

Let's take a look at the odds of each team to qualify for the knockout round:

Group A

Real Madrid, 1.02
PSG, 1.20
Shakhtar Donetsk, 3.75
Malmo, 21.00

Group B

Man Utd, 1.18
Wolfsburg, 1.53
CSKA Moscow, 2.50
PSV Eindhoven, 4.50

Group C

Atletico Madrid, 1.03
Benfica, 1.44
Galatasaray, 2.50
Astana, 26.00

Group D

Man City, 1.22
Juventus, 1.44
Sevilla, 2.37
Borussia M'gladbach, 5.00

Group E

Barcelona, 1.01
Bayer Leverkusen, 1.83
Roma, 1.83
BATE Borisov, 26.00

Group F

Bayern Munich, 1.01
Arsenal, 1.12
Olympiacos, 5.00
Dinamo Zagreb, 13.00

Group G

Chelsea, 1.03
Porto, 1.36
Dynamo Kiev, 3.25
Maccabi Tel-Aviv, 11.00

Group H

Valencia, 1.28
Zenit, 1.57
Lyon, 1.80
Gent, 8.00

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The Group that has the most number of question marks? That would be Group H, which has three teams that have better than even money odds of advancing to the knockout round.

The Group that seems to provide the best opportunity of an upset taking place? That would likely be Group D, which has Man City, Juventus and the very tough club from Sevilla. Making it out of this group will not be a cake walk, that's for sure.

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Just two more weeks until the Champions League Group Stage finally gets underway!

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