MD-3 represents the last chance to for a few clubs to return three points before advancement becomes unbearably difficult. Both Milano clubs, Inter Milan and AC Milan are in tough spots within their groups. The former will host fairy tail heroes Sheriff to put an end to their winning streak and climb the table. AC Milan however is yet to win a point so will need to defeat Porto to even stand a chance against titans Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.
RB Leipzig is not as strong as last season, and the results show. 23 year old Nkunku has been sensational this season, but one man cannot finish the job. If Leipzig is able to upset PSG this week, then this group will become a repeat of the group of death last season. Maybe worse with Club Brugge at four points from only two matches.
Barcelona is also under pressure after losing twice to sit 4th, behind MD-3 opponents Dynamo Kyiv. Spirits may be high for the Catalans after a domestic 3-1 victory over Valencia. Finally, underperforming Villarreal will get a chance to bounce from last place as well when they face Young Boys.
Atalanta will travel to Old Trafford to play struggling Man United, further testing management’s patience with Solskjaer, but many key injuries for the Italians may prevent them from adding insult to injury.
Ajax and Dortmund face off to determine the table positions in one of the most straight forward groups in this season’s UCL. Atletico Madrid exposed Liverpool’s defensive injuries when they met two years ago. The atmosphere in the English club’s locker room has recently changed for the better following comments from key players, and this has translated into performance on the pitch since the start of this season. It will be interesting to watch how both teams will tackle this match.
Notable Monday injury news came from PSG, announcing that both Neymar and Parades will miss due to injury. Atalanta announced that Matteo Pessina is sidelined. Theo Hernandez and Ante Rebic are out for COVID positive tests at AC Milan. Juventus announced that Rabiot is sidelined due to COVID positive result. Real Madrid traveling squad included David Alaba, Marco Asensio, Ferland Mendy and Eder Miltao. Alphonso Davies is reportedly injured and was taken off during the weekend match at minute 40 but there is no confirmation as to the injury’s extent.
Team News (Injury / Suspension)
This is do or die time for most teams, let’s get the job done for others, so rotation risk is at a minimum as key players cannot be rested without consequences.
MD3 Injury / Suspension List
|Angel Di Maria||Suspended until MD-3|
|Man City||Benjamin Mendy||Suspended by club|
|RB Leipzig||Dani Olmo||Hip||October||Out|
|Atletico||Stefan Savic||Suspended until MD-4|
|Ajax||Stekelenburg||Unknown||End of Season||Out|
|Andrea Onana||Suspended until MD-4|
|Inter Milan||Cristian Eriksen||Head||Unknown||Out|
|Real Madrid||Toni Kroos||Returned|
|Man Utd||Luke Shaw||Returned|
Note: If a team is not listed then it does not have any notable injuries or suspensions.
Keep an eye on the comments section for any late updates and be aware that lineups for the Club Brugge vs Man City and Besiktas vs Sporting CP will be released about an hour before today’s fantasy transfer deadline at 17:30 BST. Make sure you’re here for that!
Good luck everyone!
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