Saturday 21 October 2017

Champions League draw: What time is it, what TV channel is it on and who could Arsenal be paired with?

Real Madrid were last year's winners
Real Madrid were last year's winners
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All you need to know about this morning's Champions League draw.

When is the Round of 16 draw?

It will be taking place next week, on Monday December 12 - not this Friday. It will be starting at around 11am GMT.

Which channel is it on?

The Champions League draw will be broadcast on BT Sport. Alternatively, you can follow all the Uefa razzmatazz, montages and the draw itself right here at Telegraph Sport.

When will the games take place?

The Round of 16 ties will be two legs, with games split over two weeks. That means we'll be able to watch more of them, instead of the usual channel-hopping.

Which teams have qualified, and which are out?

Teams already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League ahead of this week's final round of group stage matches - and those who have been knocked out:

Qualified: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Leicester City, Manchester City, Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Napoli, Porto and Benfica.

Eliminated: Basel, Besiktas, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Celtic, Club Brugge, CSKA Moscow, Copenhagen, Dinamo Zagreb, Dynamo Kiev, Legia Warsaw, Ludogorets Razgrad, Lyon, PSV Eindhoven, Rostov, Sporting Lisbon, and Tottenham Hotspur.

Round of 16 draw - the rules

The eight group winners are seeded and will not play each other in the first knockout round, while clubs from the same country cannot be drawn against each other.

Nor can teams play each other from the groups they were involved with in the previous stage.

Other than that, it's all go. The unseeded teams will play the first-leg at home.

Who could Arsenal get?

Topping the group is not a guarantee of a relatively simple route through the Round of 16.

Here's who they could get at the moment:

  • Benfica
  • Bayern Munich
  • Bayer Leverkusen
  • Real Madrid
  • Porto
  • Sevilla

What happened to the British sides this time last year?

Arsenal, unsurprisingly, were punished for finished second in the Group, drawing Barcelona in the Round of 16. They were knocked out 5-1 on aggregate.

Chelsea drew Paris Saint-Germain and were beaten 2-1 in both legs, 4-2 on aggregate.

Manchester City, meanwhile, came up against Dynamo Kiev and won 3-1 on aggregate, making it all the way to the semi-finals where they were knocked out by eventual winners Real Madrid.

What are the odds for this season's tournament?

Here are the latest odds for who will triumph in Cardiff at the end of the season:

Barcelona 3/1

Bayern Munich 7/2

Real Madrid 11/2

Atletico Madrid 8/1

Man City 11/1

Juventus 14/1

Borussia Dortmund 16/1

Paris Saint-Germain 22/1

Arsenal 25/1

Leicester 40/1

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