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Champions League MD-1 Matchday Live Chat

Barcelona hosts Bayern Munich while Inter Milan welcomes Real Madrid in the first matchday of this season’s UCL.

Mohamed Salah celebrates with Virgil van Dijk - Liverpool - Champions League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

MD-1 Build-Up

Defending champion Chelsea kicks off the UCL campaign at home against ever-present Zenit. This season is different for Zenit since the final is planned to be played at their own Krestovsky Stadium, aka Gasprom Arena. In other cities all around Europe, Barcelona hosts Bayern Munich in Tuesday’s most-anticipated match, while on Wednesday Real Madrid visits Inter Milan for a repeat clash from last season.

If you missed it, it is worth going back to check out NMA’s UCL MD-1 Preview. My fellow author and UCL expert Dhivakhar has also given us his insights on MD-1 players picks, and Olakunle shared his plan for MD-1 and would love for you to rate his team!

Team News (Injury / Suspension)

Considering that 32 teams play 16 matches just a couple days after their domestic leagues returned from an international break, we should expect random players to be rested for this first matchday. This is more likely to happen to those playing against weaker teams.

UCL MD-1 Injury and Suspension List

Club Player Injury Expected Return Status
Club Player Injury Expected Return Status
PSG Mauro Icardi Returned from injury
Layvin Kurzawa Calf September Out
Angel Di Maria Suspended
Gueye Suspended
Colin Dagba Ankle September Doubtful
Marco Verratti Knee Unknown Out
Sergio Ramos Calf Unknown Out
Juan Bernat Ligament September Doubtful
Man City Kevin De Bruyne Returned from injury
Benjamin Mendy Suspended by club
Zack Steffen COVID September Out
Phil Foden Returned from injury
RB Leipzig Angelino Returned from injury
Marcelo Sarachi Knee Unknown Out
Marcel Halstenberg Ankle September Out
Club Brugge Eder Balanta Hip Unknown Out
Liverpool Neco Williams Ankle September Out
Eliott Ankle Unknown Out
Roberto Firmino Muscle September Out
AC Milan Franck Kessie Hamstring September Out
Tiemoue Bakayoko Muscle September Doubtful
Atletico Mad. Stefan Savic Suspended
Dortmund Throgan Hazard Ankle September Out
Emre Can Muscle September Out
Giovanni Reyna Muscle September Doubtful
Mateu Morey Ligament December Out
Besiktas Domagoj Vida Heel Unknown Out
Sporting Sebastian Coates Suspended
Goncalo Inacio Muscle Unknown Doubtful
Ajax Mohammed Kudus Ankle September Out
Maarten Stekelenberg Groin September Doubtful
Davy Klaassen Groin September Doubtful
Sheriff Alexandr Belousov Knee Unknown Out
Shakhter Anatolii Trubin Knee Unknown Out
Inter Milan Cristian Eriksen Head Unknown Out
Real Madrid Toni Kroos Groin September Out
Marcelo Left out of squad to rest
Gareth Bale Muscle Unknown Out
Luka Modric Returned from injury
Ferland Mendy Discomfort September Out
Barcelona Sergio Aguero Calf October Out
Gerard Pique Calf September Doubtful
Martin Braithwaite Knee September Out
Masour Dembele Hamstring September Out
Ansu Fati Discomfort September Out
Bayern Munich Corentin Tolisso Calf September Out
Serge Gnabry Back September Doubtful
Kingsley Coman Calf September Doubtful
Dynamo Kyiv Vitalii Buialskyi Abductor September Doubtful
Georgiy Bushchan Back September Doubtful
Benfica Lucas Verissimo Suspended
Man Utd Alex Telles Ankle September Out
Marcus Rashford Shoulder October Out
Edinson Cavani Knock October Out
Scott Mctominay Groin October Out
Villarreal Daniel Parejo Muscle September Doubtful
Atalanta Luis Muriel Muscle September Doubtful
Duvan Zapata Returned from injury
Hans Hatebour Muscle October Out
Lille Renato Sanches Knee October Out
Jonathan Bamba Muscle October Out
Timothy Weah Muscle October Out
Wolfsburg Paulo Otavio Ankle September Out
Xaver Schlager Knee Unknown Out
Timothy Weah Muscle October Out
Chelsea Christian Pulisic Ankle Unknown Out
N'golo Kante Ankle September Doubtful
Zenit Magomed Ozedeov Ligament October Out preview shows Barrios and Lovren as "Unavailable"
Juventus Arthur Leg Unknown Out
Federico Chiesa Muscle Unknown Out
Bernardeschi Knee Unknown Out

Note: If a team is not listed then it does not have any notable injuries / suspensions.


Keep an eye on the comments section for any late updates and be aware that lineups for the Sevilla vs RB Salzburg and Young Boys vs Manchester United lineups will be released before today’s fantasy transfer deadline at 17:30 BST. Make sure you’re here for that!

Good luck everyone!


How’s your team shaping up? Have you been hit by any of the 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!