The UEFA Champions League draw will take place today, Thursday, August 30, at 1 p.m. EST time in Monaco. The draw determines the eight groups that the 32 participants will be placed into (eight groups, four teams in each group, two teams advance).
Real Madrid, who are in Pot 1, are the three-time defending UCL champions and have won four of the last five UEFA Champions Leagues. They most recently defeated Premier League club Liverpool by a score of 3-1 at the 2018 final in Kiev.
However, with Ronaldo moving on from Real Madrid to Juventus, this year’s edition of the Champions League is as wide-open as it’s been in some time.
At this time, Barcelona and Manchester City are the co-favorites at +500, followed by Juventus at +550, with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich coming in third with odds of +650. Last year’s co-finalists Liverpool have +900 odds of winning the tournament.
The 32-teams have been separated into four pots prior to the draw:
Pot 1: Real Madrid (ESP), Atletico Madrid (ESP), Barcelona (ESP), Bayern Munich (GER), Manchester City (ENG), Juventus (ITA), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS)
Pot 2: Borussia Dortmund (GER), Porto (POR), Manchester United (ENG), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Napoli (ITA), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG), Roma (ITA), Benfica (POR)
Pot 3: Liverpool (ENG), PSV Eindhoven (NED), Schalke 04 (GER), Lyon (FRA), Monaco (FRA), Ajax (NED), CSKA Moscow (RUS), Valencia (ESP)
Pot 4: Club Brugge (BEL), Galatasaray (TUR), Young Boys (SUI), Inter Milan (ITA), Hoffenheim (GER), AEK Athens (GRE), Red Star Belgrade (SRB), Viktoria Plzen (CZE)
While the draw will not be aired on television (as it was in previous years when Fox Sports owned the rights), it can be easily accessed online:
2018 Champions League Draw Live Stream
Date: Thursday, August 30
Time: 1 p.m. EST, 10 a.m. PST