THE Champions League group stage draw is upon us again.

Just a few short weeks after Bayern Munich lifted Big Ears in Lisbon, the group stage draw sees 32 sides begin their journey to the final.

Four Premier League clubs are taking part this season, with Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea set to learn their fate.

What time is the Champions League group stage draw?

  • The draw takes place today, Thursday, October 1.
  • Things get going at 4pm BST, which is 5pm local time.
  • It will be held at RTS Studios in Geneva, Switzerland.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

You can catch all of the draw live on BT Sport 1 here in the UK.

Coverage will begin at 3.45pm.

If you want to stream and have a BT subscription, download the BT Sport app.

The draw will also be available FREE on Uefa's website, with a direct live stream from Switzerland – and you can also follow right here on SunSport with our live blog.

Champions League teams

  • Spain: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla
  • England: Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea
  • Italy: Juventus, Inter Milan, Atalanta, Lazio
  • Germany: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Borussia Monchengladbach
  • France: Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille, Rennes
  • Russia: Zenit St Petersburg, Lokomotiv Moscow, Krasnodar
  • Portugal: Porto
  • Belgium: Club Brugge
  • Ukraine: Shakhtar Donetsk, Dynamo Kiev
  • Turkey: Istanbul Basaksehir
  • Holland: Ajax
  • Austria: RB Salzburg
  • Denmark: Midtjylland
  • Hungary: Ferencvaros
  • Greece: Olympiacos

Group stage dates

  • Matchday 1: October 20/21
  • Matchday 2: October 27/28
  • Matchday 3: November 3/4
  • Matchday 4: November 24/25
  • Matchday 5: December 1/2
  • Matchday 6: December 8/9

Draw pots

Pot 1

Bayern Munich, Sevilla, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St Petersburg, Porto.

Pot 2

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Ajax.

Pot 3

Dynamo Kiev, RB Leipzig, Inter Milan, Olympiacos, Lazio, Atalanta, RB Salzburg, Krasnodar.

Pot 4

Marseilles, Lokomotiv Moscow, Bruges, Borussia Monchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, Rennes, Ferencvaros, Midtylland

  • Joshua Mbu

    DINNER DATE

    Still wondering if Messi and Ronaldo have had dinner together yet.

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    LEGENDS COLLIDE

    Messi and Barcelona could be drawn against Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus in the group stages.

    If they are drawn in the same group, it would be the first time the pair have met at this part of the competition.

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    DRAW POTS

    Pot 1

    Bayern Munich, Sevilla, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St Petersburg, Porto.

    Pot 2

    Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Ajax.

    Pot 3

    Dynamo Kiev, RB Leipzig, Inter Milan, Olympiacos, Lazio, Atalanta, RB Salzburg, Krasnodar.

    Pot 4

    Marseilles, Lokomotiv Moscow, Bruges, Borussia Monchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, Rennes, Ferencvaros, Midtylland.

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    GROUP STAGE DATES

    Matchday 1: October 20/21

    Matchday 2: October 27/28

    Matchday 3: November 3/4

    Matchday 4: November 24/25

    Matchday 5: December 1/2

    Matchday 6: December 8/9

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    QUALIFIED TEAMS

    Here are the 32 clubs who will be drawn out of the hat.

    • Spain: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla
    • England: Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea
    • Italy: Juventus, Inter Milan, Atalanta, Lazio
    • Germany: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Borussia Monchengladbach
    • France: Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille, Rennes
    • Russia: Zenit St Petersburg, Lokomotiv Moscow, Krasnodar
    • Portugal: Porto
    • Belgium: Club Brugge
    • Ukraine: Shakhtar Donetsk, Dynamo Kiev
    • Turkey: Istanbul Basaksehir
    • Holland: Ajax
    • Austria: RB Salzburg
    • Denmark: Midtjylland
    • Hungary: Ferencvaros
    • Greece: Olympiacos

    TIME TO STIR SOME BALLS

    Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea find out their fates for the next six European matches in today’s Champions League group stage draw.

    Defending champion Bayern Munich’s six titles are among 47 held by this years lineup for the 66th edition of the European Cup or Champions League.

    Three of the four debutants – Krasnodar, Istanbul Basakehir and Midtjylland – were formed by relatively recent mergers and have a combined age younger than the competition itself.

    The other newcomer, Rennes, dates its history to 1901 but never finished as high as third in the French league until last season.

    A total of 15 countries are represented with Ferencvaros giving Hungary just its second entry in 25 years.

    The top-seeded teams in each of eight groups are the Champions League and Europa League title holders – Bayern and Sevilla, respectively plus league winners of the highest-ranked countries.

    They are: Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St. Petersburg and Porto.

    It means Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo can be drawn in a four-team group with second-seeded Barcelona and Lionel Messi.

    Here's a look at the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League, starting one month later than usual in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic:

    Uefa seedings for pots 2 to 4 ranks teams by Champions League and Europa League results in the previous five years.

    Leipzig and Atalanta came out of lowest-ranked pot 4 last season. Both went deep into the knockout rounds and are now in pot 3.

    Italian teams who have rarely been in the Champions League since 2015 Inter Milan, Atalanta and Lazio are in pot 3.

    The lowest-ranked team, No. 135, Ferencvaros, is also from the lowest-ranked country, No. 33 Hungary. It is the only group-stage team to come through four qualifying rounds that started in mid-August.

    No teams from the same country can be put in the same group. It means a group can include teams from each of Europes four highest-ranked leagues. So, it could be Real Madrid, Manchester City, Inter Milan and Borussia Monchengladbach.

    Uefa will ensure teams from Russia and Ukraine are kept apart for security reasons. That rule has been in place since 2014 when Russia annexed the Crimea region from Ukraine and separatist conflict flared in eastern Ukraine.

    Since then, Shakhtar Donetsk has been unable to play at its Donbass Arena home. Shakhtar played its group-stage home games in Kharkiv last season.

    All games in the qualifying rounds were played in stadiums without fans because of the pandemic.

    UEFA hopes some teams, with approval from local public authorities, can let spectators attend when games start on Oct. 20.

    Some games could be played in neutral countries if infection rates spike as winter approaches.

    UEFA said last week the fixture program can be extended from Dec. 9 to Jan. 28 to play any games postponed because of virus cases or travel limits.

    In a normal season, the 32 teams would be line to share prize money of £1.77billion from Uefa.

    That sum is the Champions League clubs share of £2.96bn total revenue from broadcasting and commercial sales for Uefa’s club competitions.

    However, it depends on the competition being played on schedule without disruption from the coronavirus pandemic.

    Last season’s prize money fund lost £523m to pay back broadcasters for disruption and fewer knockout round games.

    The winner in Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium on May 29 can expect to get at least £109m from Uefa.

    All 32 clubs are due a basic fee of 15.25 million euros ($17.8 million) plus more based on match results, shares of national broadcast rights, and a ranking of their historical record in UEFA competitions.

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