Predicting the Teams to Make the Knockout Stages of the Champions League

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Predicting the Teams to Make the Knockout Stages of the Champions League
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The 2013-14 Champions League kicked off this week, with the first round of fixtures producing no fewer than 52 goals—10 of them coming from La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Even at this early juncture, the race for qualification to the knockout phase is taking on a familiar look.

With the exception of one or two opening day shocks, most of Europe’s big guns got off to a positive start, with the likes of Manchester United, AC Milan and holders Bayern Munich all picking up victories.

So with the competition up and running for another season, we take an early look at the teams most likely to progress beyond the group stage.  

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