The Best And Worst Potential Champions League Groups For English Clubs

The Champions League group phase draw for the 2017/18 competition takes place this Thursday

The first games will take place on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 September, with the group phase concluding with matchday six on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 December.

Teams also benefit with 20% of their association's coefficient over the previous five years - so sides from countries with a track record of European success benefit, even if they haven't contributed themselves.

Following the last of the Champions League qualifiers tonight, the four pots for tomorrow's group stage draw are official.

Premier League champions Chelsea are in pot one alongside Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco and Spartak Moscow. The final will be played on 26 May 2018.

Ntcham has revealed that he would like to face the Ligue 1 outfit in the group stage of the Champions League this season.

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As each time the assault is launched by the iraqi forces, supported by the global coalition, anti-jihadists, M. Abadi, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, spoke at the television, dressed in a military uniform black.

Pot 4: CSKA Moscow/, Maribor, Celtic, APOEL/, Feyenord, FK /, Leipzig, and Steaua Bucharest/.

There are four pots of eight teams, with one team from each pot forming a group, although teams from the same association can not face each other. Thanks to the away goal, the Ukrainian team goalkeeper Anton Kanibolotskiy has included Azerbaijan in the list of participants of the group stage of the Champions League.

The other pots are broadly split based of Uefa club ranking.

At the moment, Real Madrid are the favourites* to be outwright winners at odds of 4/1, then Paris St-Germain 6/1, Bayern Munich 6/1, Barcelona 13/2, Manchester City 12/1, Chelsea 14/1, Man Utd, 14/1, Juventus 14/1 and Atletico Madrid 16/1.

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