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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW: How they are seeded on the road to Istanbul final

Europe’s elite will soon be battling it out again as the Champions League returns for another season following a brief break.

Thanks to coronavirus pandemic-related delays, the 2020-21 and 2019-20 editions were actually running concurrently for a period, but UEFA will hope that things return to normal sooner rather than later.

Bayern Munich are defending champions, having seen off Paris Saint-Germain in last season’s final, and they’ll no doubt face challenges from the likes of Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City.

When is the Champions League 20-21 group stage draw?

The Champions League 2020-21 group stage draw will take place on Thursday October 1, 2020.

It will be held at the RTS studios in Geneva.

Draw proceedings will commence at 5pm BST (12 noon ET).

As well as the Champions League group stage draw, UEFA will use the event to distribute awards to the best players and coaches of the 2019-20 competition.

Which teams are involved in the Champions League 20-21 group stage?

How pots are determined? 

Pot 1 – will consist of UEFA Champions League and Europa League winners plus the title winners of the top six leagues.

Pot 2, 3 and 4 – the remaining 24 teams are seeded based on their UEFA coefficient.

Champions League pots

Pot 1: Bayern Munich (Champions League holders), Sevilla (Europa League holders), Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St Petersburg, Porto

Pot 2: Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Ajax

Pot 3 or 4:  Dynamo KievRB Leipzig, Inter Milan, Olympiacos, Lazio, Atalanta, Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille, Club Brugge, Borussia Monchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, Rennes, Ferencvaros, Midtjylland, Salzburg, Krasnodar

Champions League key dates

Group stage

  • October 20/21: Matchday 1
  • October 27/28: Matchday 2
  • November 3/4: Matchday 3
  • November 24/25: Matchday 4
  • December 1/2: Matchday 5
  • December 8/9: Matchday 6

Round of 16

  • February 16/17 and 23/24: First legs
  • March 9/10 and 16/17: Second legs 

Quarter-finals

  • April 6/7: First legs
  • April 13/14: Second legs

Semi-finals

  • April 27/28: First legs
  • May 4/5: Second legs

Final

  • May 29: Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ODDS 

  • 4/1 Bayern Munich
  • 9/2 Man City
  • 11/2 Liverpool
  • 10/1 PSG
  • 10/1 Real Madrid
  • 14/1 Barcelona
  • 16/1 Juventus
  • 22/1 Dortmund
  • 22/1 Chelsea
  • 22/1 Atletico Madrid
  • 25/1 Atalanta
  • 25/1 Inter Milan
  • 30/1 Man United
  • 33/1 RB Leipzig
  • 60/1 Sevilla
  • 66/1 Lazio
  • 90/1 Borussia Monchengladbach- 
  • 125/1 Porto
  • 125/1 Ajax
  • 125/1 Rennes
  • 125/1 Marseille
  • 300/1 Shakhtar Donetsk
  • 300/1 Red Bull Salzburg
  • 300/1 Lokomotiv Moscow
  • 300/1 Zenit St Petersburg
  • 500/1 Krasnodar  
  • 500/1 Istanbul Basaksehir
  • 1,000/1 Midtjylland
  • 1000/1 Ferencvarosi  
  • 2,000/1 Club Brugge

*Odds courtesy of Betfair

The Champions League group stage draw will involve a total of 32 teams – 26 automatic qualifiers and six from the qualification path.

Qualified teams will be divided into four pots: Pot 1 contains the title holders, the Europa League winners and the champions of the top six national leagues based on UEFA country coeffients.

The remaining three pots are populated according to a team’s UEFA club coefficient.

You can see the confirmed teams that will be part of the draw in the table above.

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