Wednesday 19 December 2012
Manchester United and Arsenal will be looking to avoid the big guns in the draw for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, which takes place in Nyon, in Switzerland, on Thursday 10.30am GMT.
Manchester United qualified as group winners and so are seeded but they still could be drawn against sides who have in total won the competition 19 times.
The teams who finished runners-ups that United could face are: Porto (twice winners), AC Milan (seven-times winners), Real Madrid (nine-times winners), Shakhtar Donetsk, Valencia and Celtic (once winners).
Arsenal finished as runners-up and could face Barcelona in the knockout stages for the third time in the past four seasons. Their other possible opponents are: Paris Saint-Germain, Malaga, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Bayern Munich. Between them these sides have won the competition on seven occasions.
The group winners play the first legs on 12/13 and 19/20 February away and are then at home in the return matches on 5/6 and 12/13 March.
Group winners: Paris Saint-Germain, Schalke, Malaga, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United.
Group runners-up: Porto, Arsenal, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Valencia, Celtic, Galatasaray.
Shortly after the draw of the UEFA Champions League, that for the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League will happen.
Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United all feature with the first two seeded through either winning their Europa League group or as one of four qualifiers from the Champions League with the best record.
Seeded sides will be drawn against unseeded teams with meetings against teams they have faced in the Europa League or from the same national association not possible. For the three teams who qualified from the Europa League group stage this means that Liverpool cannot face Anji Makhachkala, Tottenham avoid Lazio and Newcastle will not be paired with Bordeaux.
Such criteria do not apply to the draw for the last 16 which takes place immediately after that for the last 32.
Liverpool, Viktoria Plzen, Fenerbahce, Bordeaux, Steaua Bucharest, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Genk, Rubin Kazan, Lyon, Lazio, Metalist Kharkiv, Hannover, Chelsea FC, Cluj, Olympiacos, Benfica.
Anji Makhachkala, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Newcastle United, Stuttgart, Napoli, FC Basle, Inter Milan, Sparta Prague, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayer Leverkusen, Levante, Dynamo Kyiv, Zenit St Petersburg, Ajax, BATE Borisov.