Champions League seedings place Dortmund in pot 3, Napoli in pot 4

Holder Bayern Munich and Spanish champion Barcelona will be among the front-runners, while Rafa Benitez's Italian side faces a potential 'group of death.'
The seedings for Thursday's Champions League group stage draw in Monaco have been decided, with last year's runner-up Dortmund in pot three and Rafa Benitez's Napoli in pot four.

The 32 qualifiers have been divided into four pots, with the restriction that teams from the same national association cannot be drawn together.

There are few surprises in pot one as holder Bayern Munich takes its place alongside powerhouses such as Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea -- although the occupation of Portuguese duo Porto and Benfica will raise some eyebrows.

Last year's finalist Borussia Dortmund has to settle for a place in pot three, meaning it could once again end up in a tricky pool -- with a group featuring Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli a possibility.

Another potential 'group of death' could be one consisting of Belgian champion Anderlecht -- which is only in pot four -- and giants Manchester City, Juventus and reigning European champion Bayern Munich.

The draw takes place Thursday in Monte Carlo at 11:45 ET and you can follow it live on Goal.


The Champions League group stage pots for 2013-14 are as follows:

Pot 1 Pot 2
Bayern Munich Atletico Madrid
Barcelona Shakhtar Donetsk
Chelsea   AC Milan
Real Madrid Schalke
Manchester United Olympique de Marseille
Arsenal CSKA Moscow
Porto Paris Saint-Germain
Benfica Juventus
Pot 3 Pot 4
Zenit St Petersburg Copenhagen
Manchester City Napoli
Ajax Anderlecht
Borussia Dortmund Celtic
Basel Steaua Bucharest
Olympiakos Viktoria Plzen
Galatasaray Real Sociedad
Bayer Leverkusen Austria Wien