A guide to Thursday’s draw for the group stage, including which pots the clubs are in and how it will all work

When is the draw?

The draw begins at 4pm BST on Thursday in Geneva and you can follow coverage on theguardian.com/football as it unfolds.

How does it work?

Eight groups of four teams will be drawn. The teams are first split into four seeding pots and each group will have one team from each pot.

No teams from the same country can face one another and clubs from Russia and Ukraine will be kept apart.

The identity of 29 teams is known and the final three places will be determined in the second legs of the remaining play-offs on Wednesday night. Continue reading

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