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Forget Spanish giants and invest in Borussia with love.

Byline: PADDY POWER

WITH 13 of the 16 Champions League second round qualifiers decided, I thought I'd have a look at the outright betting before the final run of fixtures this week.

A quick glance at the current tables tells a tale in itself as many of the traditional powerhouses have struggled this season which perhaps suggests that the gap is closing between the top sides and the rest.

Barcelona and Real Madrid remain the favourites at 5/2 and 10/3 respectively, but I don't fancy those odds. Tito Vilanova's side have cruised past most sides this season, but their ties against Celtic showed they're still vulnerable against tactically astute sides.

Madrid on the other hand have looked completely out of sorts at times this season and were completely outplayed against Dortmund.

The German's are the same price as Manchester United at 9/1 but have shown far more pedigree in the group stages than Alex Ferguson's side and they'll avoid the big guns such as United, Madrid and Barca, having topped their group.

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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion, Columns
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUSP
Date:Dec 2, 2012
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