Hours separate us from UCL MD-5 kickoff. The highlight clashes of MD-5 are repeats from MD-2, but with a change of venues. Man United decided to part ways with Ole Solskjaer after a humiliating 4-1 loss this weekend to Watford. The English club plays against Villarreal in a fight for top spot tonight. Another 90 minutes of top level football is upon us when Man City takes on PSG for the fourth time in calendar 2021. Chelsea hosts Juventus in a revenge match that is also for the top spot of group H. Real Madrid and Inter Milan will look to brush off all doubts of qualifications with victories over Sheriff and Shakhtar Donetsk. Excitement levels never falter when it comes to group B as Atletico Madrid hosts AC Milan and Porto travels to Liverpool for fate-deciding ties.
Bayern Munich was hit with bad news as Niklas Sule, Josip Stanisic, Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and Michael Cuisance will miss the trip to Dynamo Kyiv due to quarantine measures. What is worse for the Bavarians is the suspension of Upamecano which raises the question of who will fill the line in front of Manuel Neuer.
Romelu Lukaku and Kai Havertz are doubtful for Chelsea, but Timo Werner is ready to start. Liverpool is in first place and cannot be dethroned on paper, therefore Klopp should be keeping his key players safe to avoid extending his large injury list. Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez has a worrying injury list but the return of Sergi Roberto should partially relief his lineup selection challenge.
Team News (Injury / Suspension)
MD-5 may become a dead end for most clubs. Since Liverpool is the only club that secured first place, rotation at other clubs may be at a minimum.
Below is an injury/suspension list to help you avoid players that are unlikely to feature. Additionally, be sure to read our MD-5 Fantasy Preview, our MD-5 Player Picks, and Sraxan’s Rate My MD-5 Team piece before you finalize your squad for this round.
MD-5 Injury / Suspension List
|Angel Di Maria||Returned|
|Man City||Benjamin Mendy||Suspended by club until 1st Jan 2022|
|Kevin De Bruyne||COVID||December||Out|
|RB Leipzig||Dani Olmo||Muscle|
|Ajax||Stekelenburg||Unknown||End of Season||Out|
|Inter Milan||Cristian Eriksen||Head||Unknown||Out|
|Malmo||Anel Ahmedhodzic||Returned from suspension|
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, including lineups for the Villarreal vs Man United and Dynamo Kyiv vs Bayern Munich ties that should be released about an hour before today’s fantasy transfer deadline. The buzzer will sound at 17:45 GMT, so make sure you’re here an hour before then!
Good luck everyone!
How’s your team shaping up? Have you been hit by any of the injured or missing players? Do you have any tactical questions? And which matches do you plan/wish to watch as a fan? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!