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Champions League Betting

Champions League title holders Barcelona face a must-win game against Levski Sofia in in midweek as they compete with Werder Bremen for second spot in Group A.

A draw or loss combined with a Bremen home victory against Chelsea would make Barcelona the first defending champion to get knocked out of the group stage.

Last year's CL finalists Arsenal face a tough challenge as they sit in third spot in Group G – tied for second with Porto and one point back of CSKA Moscow.

Arsene Wenger's men could find themselves in a much better spot for the final group stage match day in two weeks as CSKA host Porto on Tuesday. While the Russians are even money bet favourites (at 1.91 odds), the key point is Arsenal could be ahead of one or both clubs.

The Gunners face prickly opponents Hamburg, who are on zero points but hope to play spoiler. Hamburg have netted just three goals in four matches, and their fortunes could improve in England with forwards Paolo Guerrero and Juan Pablo Sorin.

Arsenal expect the return of goalkeeper Jens Lehmann and Gilberto Silva. But midfielder Tomas Rosicky has a knee injury and could miss the clash.

Inter Milan, on the other hand, are better positioned in second spot in Group B on six points -- one point better than third-place Sporting Lisbon. The Portuguese side travel to Milan seeking the upper hand as they entertain Spartak Moscow on the final match day and Inter visit Bayern Munich.

"We have to play how we have been playing, with the same attitude," Sporting's Brazilian striker Nani said. "It will be important to keep our style and our playing qualities such as having a lot of possession. We have to believe that anything is possible, and we must believe that Inter are a normal team."

Inter, who took the table lead in the Italian Serie A, are big favourites with the bookmakers (1.39 betting odds) and know a win will be enough to reach the knockout stages.

While Chelsea, Arsenal and Inter are in tough games to reach the Round of 16, there are two group races that could be determined this week.

The 2005 champions, Liverpool, and 2005 semi-finalists PSV Eindhoven both have clinched knockout positions with 10 points in Group C. But they face each other in England in midweek with the victor guaranteed the top place in the next stage.

Liverpool are favoured at 1.67 odds, with the draw priced at 2/1.

In Group E, Real Madrid are quoted at even odds in their home match against French leaders Lyon. The Spaniards are three points back of the French (12 points compared to 9) and must win by a three-goal margin to have an opportunity to pass them on the final match day in early December.

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