The draw for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League is almost here and earlier than usual. Due to the earlier start to the season with the World Cup taking place this November, the draw for the Champions League is taking place this week. Here's everything you need to know.
When is Champions League Draw?
The draw takes place at 5pm on Thursday the 25th of August.
How to watch Champions League Draw?
The draw will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1.
Potential draws for the Premier League sides and Celtic
Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City are sitting in Pot 1 alongside last year's UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid. Also with them are the other five league winners from Europe's top leagues like Bayern Munich, Ajax, Porto, AC Milan and PSG, as well as Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt.
Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs are in Pot 2 alongside the likes of Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.
Italian giants Inter Milan are in Pot 3 which could make for a group of death for one of the above sides.
SPFL champions Celtic are in pot 4 and face the possibility of a group made up between the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona and Inter Milan.
The Premier League sides will likely be keen to avoid the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in Pot 1 and Inter Milan in Pot 3. Last season, Liverpool were in the so called 'group of death' made up of them, AC Milan, Porto and Atletico Madrid but progressed with six wins from a possible six.
The return of the Champions League is just around the corner and the draw will not want to be missed. The first game of the group stage campaigns is scheduled for the 6th and 7th of September, almost a full month before last season's matchday one.