Prem quartet await CL draw

Arsenal and Manchester City face a potential showdown with a true European heavyweight in Monday's last-16 Champions League draw.

Last Updated: 16/12/13 at 11:35 Post Comment    Bet with SkyBet  Champions League. Click here to bet.

England's four Champions League sides will discover their last-16 opponents in Monday's draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon at 11am.

One more goal in their 3-2 win at Bayern Munich in midweek, and City would have been toasting top spot in Group D and a more manageable draw.

Instead Manuel Pellegrini's men could line up against any of the Spanish trio of Real Madrid, Barcelona, or Atletico Madrid, last year's beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund or French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsenal face a much similar prospect, though cannot be drawn against Dortmund after sharing the same group.

The Emirates Stadium side could face title holders Bayern, Real or Atletico, PSG or Barcelona.

While City were left to rue one goal too few in midweek, the Gunners would have been eliminated had Napoli added a third in their 2-0 victory in Italy.

As it is, Arsene Wenger's men have reached the Champions League's knockout stages for the 14th consecutive season, but will have to do it the hard way to progress any further.

There are two seeding pots for the Champions League draw, with group winners and runners-up kept apart.

No team can play a club from their group or another side from their own country.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker remains unfazed by the prospect of facing one of Europe's elite though.

"We got Bayern Munich last year and nearly went through," he said.

"If you want to achieve something in the Champions League, you have to take every opponent seriously and I think it is better for us when we have a good lot, when there is a draw that we can concentrate on."

On paper group winners Manchester United and Chelsea should gain a more favourable draw.

But either side could face AC Milan, the only Italian side left in the competition.

United's other four potential opponents are Galatasaray, Olympiacos, Schalke and Zenit St Petersburg.

Chelsea cannot face Schalke after being drawn together in Group E, so they could take on Bayer Leverkusen, in the only change from the permutations facing United.

Tottenham and Swansea will also learn their Europa League fate on Monday, for both the round of 32 and last 16.

The 12 group winners and four best third-ranked teams dropping down from the Champions League will make up one half of the draw.

In the other seeding pot will be the 12 group runners-up and the remaining third-placed Champions League sides.

The last-16 draw will be made immediately afterwards, and will be completely open.

Among Group K winners Tottenham's 14 potential opponents are big names Lazio, Ajax, Juventus and Porto; so Andre Villas-Boas' sides 100 per cent tournament record could be severely tested.

The draw could be fairly daunting for Group A runners-up Swansea, with Michael Laudrup's side able to face any of Napoli, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk and Basle dropping down from the Champions League.

Swansea could also draw the likes of Fiorentina, Sevilla and Lyon.

Bet with SkyBet  Champions League. Click here to bet.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy don't you call in Becks as well...and we will all have a lovely tea party!

kimosabi
United: Scholes helping out

M

ourinho is just a good-looking version of Allardyce (Fit Sam?). Clearly 19th century football isn't such a big deal after all?

Ezy_Rider
Chelsea Killed The Game Instead Of Playing It

S

tay put, Pep. Timothy Sherwood has this under control.

slowgraffiti
Guardiola plans Bayern stay

Footer 365

Premier League: Per Mertesacker backs Mesut Ozil to flourish at Arsenal

Mesut Ozil must strive for greater consistency to succeed at Arsenal, according to team-mate Per Mertesacker.

Moyes 'proud, but understands'

David Moyes has issued a statement over his Manchester United sacking - and admitted he shared the club's frustrations over his time in charge.

Premier League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says the owners are happy

Brendan Rodgers is determined to sustain Liverpool's progress following discussions with the club's owners.

Mail Box

Of Course People Remember How You Won

Some have said that it doesn't matter how Chelsea played as long as they won, but is that true? Plus, we've found the one chap who enjoyed Tuesday's game...

Chelsea Got A Result, What's The Problem?

There is plenty of 'that's 90 minutes I'll never get back' sentiment about Chelsea's 'performance' in Madrid, but at least one person thinks they did what was required...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property