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Champions League Group Stage Draw: When Is It On? What Are The Pots/Seedings?

Champions League Group Stage Draw: When Is It On? What Are The Pots/Seedings?

Liverpool, Manchester City and Co will discover their Champions League fate this week when the draw for the group stage is made.

The defending champions and Pep Guardiola's treble winners will be part of the 32-team field drawn in Monaco right now.

Here is all you need to know about the draw.

When will the draw take place?

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The draw will be at 6pm local time in Monaco on Thursday, August 29.

The French principality is one hour ahead of Britain, meaning a 5pm BST start time for viewers in the United Kingdom.

What are the seedings and which teams are in pot one?

Three of the eight teams in pot one are English teams - Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.

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The Reds are top seeds as defending champions alongside Europa League winners Chelsea.

The remainder of pot one is made up of domestic champions from some of Europe's top leagues.

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That includes Manchester City, Spanish champions Barcelona, Italian powerhouse Juventus, Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich, French champions PSG and Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.

The likes of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham will all be in pot two for the draw.

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Pot 1: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern, PSG, Zenit

Pot 2: Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Tottenham, Ajax, Benfica

Pot 3: Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, Salzburg, Olympiacos, Club Brugge, Valencia, Inter Milan, Dinamo Zagreb

Pot 4: Lokomotiv Moscow, Genk, Galatasaray, RB Leipzig, Slavia Prague, Crvena Zvezda, Atalanta, LOSC Lille

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When will the group stage begin?

Match day one will be on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 September.

There will be two rounds of fixtures in October, two in November and the final round on December 10/11.

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