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Wednesday's UEFA Champions League fixtures are under Paul Gough's microscope, with Arsenal's proud record of progressing from the group stage tipped to continue

Arsenal face a stern test of their ability to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League when they kick off their 2013-14 campaign proper in Group F on Wednesday night.

Under long-serving manager Arsene Wenger, the Gunners have made it past the initial group stage of the world's most prestigious club competition for the past 13 seasons - with their best effort being the beaten finalists against Barcelona in 2006.

However, this season the Gunners - after getting past Fenerbahce in the playoffs - have been drawn in the 'group of death' ‑ alongside last year's Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund as well as big-spending Italian club Napoli and powerful French side Marseille.

But leading bookmakers bet365 expect the Gunners to again survive the group stages, with Dortmund the $1.36 favourites to qualify for the knockout stages out of Group F ahead of Arsenal at $1.66, Napoli at $1.80 and Marseille at $4.33.

In Wednesday night's opening round of matches in Group F - Arsenal and Dortmund are both slight favourites at $2.50 to win away from home against Marseille and Napoli respectively at $3 while the draw in both matches is paying $3.40.

However the Gunners have a strong record against French clubs under Wenger and beat Marseille 1-0 away from home the last time the two sides met in this competition two years ago.

Marseille have also dropped points in their past two French Ligue 1 games - after winning the first three - while Arsenal have won all their matches since a shock opening day loss to Aston Villa and will be boosted for this season's campaign by the arrival of German superstar Mesut Ozil.

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Back Arsenal to beat Marseille at odds of $2.50 at bet365.

Napoli ($51) and Atletico Madrid ($41) are the two best outsiders to win this season's competition at bet365.

In the other game Napoli - coming off their best season in Serie A (runners-up behind Juventus) for 23 years - have a great chance to score an upset win at home against Dortmund.

Napoli are now being led by former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez - a man who has had European success wherever he goes despite his critics - and have one of the best strikers in the world at their disposal in Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain.

At $51 overall they are the best outsiders in overall tournament betting on this season's competition along with Spain's Atletico Madrid at $41 at bet365.

Atletico make a welcome return to this seasons Champions League - after winning the Europa League in two of the past four seasons - as well as upsetting Real Madrid to win last year's Copa Del Rey final.

They are the $1.28 favourites to qualify out of Group G ahead of Porto at $1.33 and Zenit at $1.72 with Austria Vienna the $9 outsiders.

And both Atletico at $1.57 and Porto at $1.50 at bet365 should win their opening games on Wednesday night at home to Zenit ($6.50) and away to Austria Vienna ($8) respectively.

Chelsea, who won the Europa League and the Champions League respectively in the past two seasons, begin their campaign on Wednesday night in Group E alongside German side Schalke, Swiss side Basel and Romanians Steaua Bucharest.

The Blues are the $1.05 favourites to qualify at bet365 ahead of Schalke at $1.44, Basel at $3 and Steaua at $7.

However, Basel look value to qualify after reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League last season - eventually losing to Chelsea after beating another English club in Spurs in the quarter-finals - although they are rank outsiders at $12 for Wednesday night's trip to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea the $1.30 favourites.

And in Group H, Scottish champions Celtic face a huge task to repeat last season's effort of qualifying for the knockout stages.

The Bhoys are the $10 outsiders at bet365 to qualify out of Group H behind big guns and fellow former winners of this competition in Barcelona at $1.01, AC Milan $1.20 and Dutch side Ajax at $5.

Celtic, which barely survived the qualifying round against Kazak team Shakhter Karagandy, are a massive $8 to win away at AC Milan ($1.50) on Wednesday night while Barcelona are the shortest priced favourites of the night at $1.14 at home to Ajax at $19.

*Note prices subject to change

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