Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City will learn their fates in the 2015/16 Champions League this week
The draw for the 2015/16 Champions League group stage will take place at 5.45pm UK time on Thursday 27 August in Monaco.
The draw will be streamed live in the DrawCentre on the UEFA website.
32 of the best teams from around Europe are in the draw, making up eight groups of four. Teams will be sorted into four pots, with one team from each pot going into each group.
Following changes to the regulations this year, for the first time Pot 1 will be made up of the holders and the champions of the top seven associations: Spain, England, Germany, Italy, Portugal, France and Russia. As Barcelona are the holders and the winners of last season's Champions League, the eighth pot 1 spot has been given to PSV Eindhoven, champions of the eighth-placed nation, Holland.
No two teams from the same nation can be drawn in the same group.
As champions of England, Chelsea will be in Pot 1 and cannot face any of the winners of any of the other major European leagues. However, as Pot 2 will contain all three English teams (if Manchester United qualify), Chelsea stand a fairly strong chance of drawing Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Porto from the second pot.
Arsenal are guaranteed to be in Pot 2 whatever happens in the playoffs and will face one domestic champion from a list of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Paris-Saint Germain, Zenit St Petersburg and PSV. As they are in Pot 2 themselves they avoid the likes of Real, Atletico and Porto.
Man City are also guaranteed to be in Pot 2 though their low coefficient needs improving if they are to remain in there next year. They have the same possible opponents as Arsenal.
If Louis van Gaal's side overcome Club Brugge and progress to the Champions League group stage they will certainly be in Pot 2 and face the same possible opponents as Arsenal and City, meaning Louis van Gaal could face a reunion with Barcelona or Bayern Munich as soon as next month.
Group stage games will take place every two or three weeks, starting on September 15 and ending on December 9.
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