When is the Champions League draw? Who can Arsenal, Man City, Leicester, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Co face? All you need to know ahead of last-16

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  • Arsenal and Leicester City are seeded for UEFA Champions League draw
  • Manchester City unseeded after progressing as group runners-up
  • The UEFA Champions League last-16 draw will be held in Nyon on Monday
  • All the Premier League teams will avoid group winners Barcelona
  • Real Madrid and Bayern Munich lurk for the Gunners and the Foxes 

 

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 Betensured gives you a lowdown on all you need to know ahead of Monday’s 11am GMT draw from Nyon.

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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 the last-16 draw works

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 be assured to play the second leg of the tie 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 stage.

Who could 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’s team.

Who could they face?

 PSG, Benfica, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid or Sevilla.

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.

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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