When is the Champions League draw 2019-20? Pots, seedings, group stage dates and odds

ALEX YOUNG
Evening Standard

Champions League football is almost back with the group stage draw for Europe’s premier club competition just around the corner.

While Arsenal are set for another stint in the Europa League, Chelsea are back in the big time and will be joined by three more Premier League representatives.

Liverpool are, of course, holders having gone one better than the season before and lifted the famous trophy in Madrid.

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They beat Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano, who enjoyed a thrilling run to the showpiece before goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi ended their dream.

Having dominated English football again last season, Manchester City are once more out to replicate that success on the European stage.

Standard Sport will be bringing you live coverage of the group stages.

When and where is the draw?

The group stage draw will take place in Monaco on Thursday 29 August. Uefa are still to confirm a start time but the ceremony has traditionally kicked off at 5pm BST.

Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

How can I watch the draw?

The draw will be streamed live through Uefa’s official website and will also be available to watch live on BT Sport.

You can also follow the ceremony with us on Standard Sport’s live blog.

Champions League seedings

Pot 1

  • Liverpool

  • Chelsea

  • Barcelona

  • Bayern Munich

  • Juventus

  • Manchester City

  • Paris Saint-Germain

  • Zenit

Pot 2 (unconfirmed)

  • Real Madrid

  • Atletico Madrid

  • Borussia Dortmund

  • Napoli

  • Shakhtar Donetsk

  • Tottenham

  • Ajax

  • Benfica

Pot 3 (unconfirmed)

  • Lyon

  • Bayer Leverkusen

  • Salzburg

  • Olympiacos

  • Club Brugge

  • Valencia

  • Inter Milan

  • Dinamo Zagreb

Pot 4 (unconfirmed)

  • Lokomotiv Moscow

  • Young Boys

  • Genk

  • Galatasaray

  • RB Leipzig

  • Slavia Prague

  • Atalanta

  • Lille

Key details

  • Teams from the same country cannot be drawn together.

  • Teams will be split into four seeding pots with Pot 1 consisting of the holders (Liverpool), the Europa League winners (Chelsea) and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations.

  • Pots 2, 3 and 4 are determined by the club’s Uefa coefficient ranking.

Key dates

  • Match day one: 17/18 September

  • Match day two: 1/2 October

  • Match day three: 22/23 October

  • Match day four: 5/6 November

  • Match day five: 26/27 November

  • Match day six: 10/11 December

  • Last 16 draw: 16 December

  • Round of 16 first leg: 18/19 and 25/26 February

  • Round of 16 second leg: 10/11 and 17/18 March

  • Quarter-final and semi-final draw: 20 March

  • Quarter-final first leg: 7/8 April

  • Quarter-final second leg: 14/15 April

  • Semi-final first leg: 28/29 April

  • Semi-final second leg: 5/6 May

  • Final: 30 May

Champions League winners betting odds via Betfair | UK users only | Subject to change

  • Manchester City: 4/1

  • Barcelona: 5/1

  • Liverpool: 13/2

  • Juventus: 15/2

  • Real Madrid: 15/2

  • Paris Saint-Germain: 9/1

  • Bayern Munich: 11/1

  • Atletico Madrid: 20/1

  • Tottenham: 20/1

  • Chelsea: 33/1

  • Dortmund: 33/1

  • Napoli: 33/1

  • Inter Milan: 40/1

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