With three out of the four English clubs progressing into the last 16 of Europe’s biggest club competition, supporters of Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester City will be eagerly waiting to see who they draw in the next round. Seven out of the 16 teams left in the competition have had previous success and won the tournament in previous years.
How will the draw work?
There will be two pots, one of group winners and another of group runners-up. No team can play a club from their group stage or any side from their own nation, while group winners will have an advantage by being home in the second leg.
Where and when is the draw?
The draw takes place at 11 am GMT on Monday 12th December in Nyon, Switzerland.
Potential opponents for Manchester City:
Napoli, Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus
Pep Guardiola’s side qualified as runners-up from Group C behind Spanish giants Barcelona with nine points. City will be hoping to avoid a tie with in-form Borussia Dortmund who topped Group F ahead of Real Madrid, setting the record for most goals scored in the group stage along the way, with 21 from their six group games.
Potential opponents for Leicester City:
PSG, Benfica, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid, Sevilla
The Foxes’ Champions League dream is still alive after they remarkably topped Group G with 13 points, only losing one match in their Champions League season debut. Even though they topped the group, Claudio Ranieri’s side could still be drawn against two European giants in the shape of Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. Leicester supporters will surely be hoping to avoid Munich or Madrid to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Potential opponents for Arsenal:
Benfica, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid, Porto, Sevilla
Arsenal topped their Champions League group for only the second time in the past seven seasons and will be hoping to progress past the last 16 for the first time since the 2009/10 campaign. Arsene Wenger’s side could again be drawn against Bayern Munich who knocked them out at this stage in consecutive seasons back in 2013 and 2014. Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid are flying in La Liga and are another possible tie for the Gunners. The ideal tie would on paper for Arsenal would be against either Porto or Benfica.