WHO WILL THE ENGLISH TEAMS FACE IN ROUND OF 16
The group stage for the UEFA Champions League may have only just finished but already thoughts turn towards the last-16 of the competition.
Arsenal, Leicester City and Manchester City will be flying the flag for the Premier League in the knockout stages, with the former two hoping to secure a favourable draw after progressing as group winners.
Here yougetmouth.com gives you a lowdown on all you need to know ahead of Monday’s 11am GMT draw from Nyon.
So, when is the Champions League draw?
The draw takes place on Monday, December 12 at 11am (GMT).
And where will it take place?
The last 16 draw will take place at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
Which teams are through to the next round?
Group A – Arsenal (winners), Paris Saint-Germain (runners-up)
Group B – Napoli (winners), Benfica (runners-up)
Group C – Barcelona (winners), Manchester City (runners-up)
Group D – Atletico Madrid (winners), Bayern Munich (runners-up)
Group E – Monaco (winners), Bayer Leverkusen (runners-up)
Group F – Borussia Dortmund (winners), Real Madrid (runners-up)
Group G – Leicester City (winners), Porto (runners-up)
Group H – Juventus (winners), Sevilla (runners up)
How does the last-16 draw work?
The group winners (seeded) will be placed in one pot, while the runners-up (unseeded) will be placed in another before the draw is made to form eight two-legged last-16 ties.
The teams will then be drawn against each other with two restrictions. Those are a team cannot face a side from its own group or country. For example Manchester City cannot face Arsenal, Leicester City or Barcelona.
Seeded teams will also get to play the 2nd leg at home.
What is the best and worst draw for Arsenal?
Progressing as group winners Arsenal would benefit from a tie with Benfica. No last-16 side conceded more goals than the Portuguese outfit in the group stage and that’s catnip for the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
On the other side of the coin, Arsenal’s ‘reward’ for winning the group could still be a tie with Bayern Munich or Real Madrid – although the latter are another team who leaked goals in the group stages.
So who may they face?
Benfica, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid, Porto or Sevilla.
What is the best and worst draw for Leicester City?
The best news for Leicester is they will avoid facing Porto – who hammered them 5-0 in the last group stage match. Bayer Leverkusen may have brushed aside Tottenham, but the Foxes’ more defensive approach could catch the German side out who are lying mid-table in the Bundesliga.
Like Arsenal, the Foxes will also hope to avoid Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but Paris Saint-Germain are also a major threat for Claudio Ranieri and his team.
Who could they face?
PSG, Benfica, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid or Sevilla.
finishing as group runners-up
What is the best and worst draw for Manchester City?
Finishing runners-up could still draw a friendly tie for Manchester City, and Pep Guardiola’s side would fancy their chances of causing Monaco much more problems than Spurs did.
While City avoid the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and even Barcelona, they are within the clutches of Borussia Dortmund who have already proven they can go toe-to-toe with the defending champions.
Who could they face?
Napoli, Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund or Juventus.
WHO COULD EUROPE’S BIG GUNS BE PAIRED AGAINST?
Real Madrid: Arsenal, Napoli, Monaco, Leicester or Juventus.
Bayern Munich: Arsenal, Barcelona, Napoli, Monaco, Leicester or Juventus.
Barcelona: PSG, Benfica, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen or Porto.
PSG: Napoli, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, B. Dortmund, Leicester or Juventus.
All the Premier League teams will avoid facing Lionel Messi and Barcelona in the last-16 +9
All the Premier League teams will avoid facing Lionel Messi and Barcelona in the last-16
But group runners-up Bayern Munich lurk for Arsenal and Leicester City in the knockout stages. But group runners-up Bayern Munich lurk for Arsenal and Leicester City in the knockout stages
Finishing as group runners up behind Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid are also possibilities for Leicester City and Arsenal in the last-16 draw for the Champions League.
Finishing as group runners up behind Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid are also possibilities for Leicester City and Arsenal in the last-16 draw for the Champions League
When are the last-16 fixtures scheduled for?
First leg: February 13/14 and 20/21
Second leg: March 6/7, March 13/14
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