Manchester City will be keen to avoid 'group of death' after two successive Champions League nightmare eliminations.
Last year City finished bottom and winless in a group containing Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Ajax.
The Champions League draw is being made in Monaco later today. City will be taking their place in Pot Three which could condemn them to a tough draw. City's worst-case scenario is being pitted against defending champions Bayern, Barcelona and Real from Pot One.
City midfielder Yaya Toure is keeping his fingers crossed that his side receive a "better" group in the Champions League than they have done in previous years.
Toure told German football magazine Kicker: "We want to survive the group stage, and everything else will be bonus games."
He then went on to express that he wants a good draw for his team in this year's competition, "Everyone wants to be better, as we have the team for it. I hope the draw is better than in the past."
Manuel Pellegrini’s men are likely to face another difficult group clash. City fans and players will not be left to sweat much longer as the draw will begin at 16:45 BST.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United will have an easier time of it. The Premier League trio will take their places as top seeds in Pot One so will avoid playing reigning Champions Bayern and the Spanish Giants at this stage.
Pot 1: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, FC Porto, Benfica
Pot 2: Atletico Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Schalke 04, Marseilles, CSKA Moscow, Paris SG, Milan, Juventus.
Pot 3: Zenit St Petersburg, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, Basel, Olympiakos, Galatasaray, Bayer Leverkusen.
Pot 4: Real Sociedad, Copenhagen, Napoli, Anderlecht, Celtic, Steaua Bucharest, Viktoria Plzen, Austria Vienna.
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