A full quota of four Premier League clubs wait to discover their Champions League fate at today’s last-16 draw, with Paris Saint Germain lurking among the teams who finished second in their group.
Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea will be hoping to avoid the French side, with Liverpool facing a 50:50 chance of drawing Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.
So much can change between the draw and matchday in February, especially in this unprecedented season which is split in half by the Qatar World Cup.
Here is a reminder of the English clubs’ possible opponents:
Manchester City: Inter Milan, Eintracht Frankfurt, RB Leipzig, AC Milan, Club Brugge, PSG
Chelsea: Inter Milan, Eintracht Frankfurt, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, Club Brugge, PSG
Tottenham: Inter Milan, AC Milan, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, Club Brugge, PSG
Liverpool: Porto, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Benfica
Pep Guardiola will be hoping this is the season Manchester City finally lift the Champions League, after losing in the final two seasons ago and collapsing in dramatic fashion against Real Madrid last year.
Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool are all in a battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League, so could view a strong run in the Champions League as a route back into the competition.
Graham Potter will hope to have Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Wesley Fofana back after the break, and possibly N’Golo Kante, which could make Chelsea a far more competitive outfit. Tottenham have also been without Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison in recent weeks, and despite question marks over their performances they have the firepower to chin any opponent in knockout football. Liverpool’s domestic form has been startlingly poor, but they have previous for saving their best stuff for Europe and remain a formidable force at Anfield.
None of the English teams can draw each other in this round, but can do so from the quarter-finals onwards.