UCL MD-1 Pre-Deadline & Live Chat

If you haven’t been paying attention up to now, now is your last chance to get on this year’s UCL Fantasy bandwagon, as the first deadline is just hours away. Fortunately, the team at NMA has been busy making your life easier, so please check out our other articles that preview the first week, give you tips on how to approach the game, and invite you to play along with us in the NMA league – there are thousands of other players there already but there’s still time to join us!

In this article we will run through the injured or suspended players to help you avoid traps and pitfalls with your team selection. We can’t account for manager roulette though (here we’re especially looking at the bald fraud who coaches a certain team from Manchester)!

As usual, this matchday is split into two, with half the teams playing on Tuesday, and the other half on Wednesday. Each day has two early games where we will know confirmed line-ups ahead of the transfer/substitution buzzers, allowing us to make last-minute adjustments to our teams based on confirmed lineups.

Team new is current at time of writing. Updates will be edited into the article or posted in the Comments thread below it, so check in frequently to keep up with breaking news (and those confirmed lineups!

Tuesday 6th September

Early games (kick-off 17:45 BST)


Dinamo Zagreb v Chelsea

Dinamo Zagreb

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Boško Šutalo (calf/ankle), Luka Menalo (thigh)


Unavailable: Ngolo Kanté (hamstring), Thiago Silva (Rest)

Doubtful: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (jaw), Denis Zakaria (Unspecified)


Dortmund v Copenhagen


Unavailable: Mahmoud Dahoud (dislocated shoulder), Mateu Morey (meniscus), Sebastien Haller (illness), Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (Thigh)

Doubtful: Karim Adeyemi (Foot), Raphael Guerreiro (illness), Donyell Malen (muscle)


Unavailable: Grabara (facial fracture)

Doubtful: Bardghji (undisclosed), Boilesen (undisclosed)


Later games (kick-off 20:00 BST)

Red Bull Salzburg v AC Milan

Red Bull Salzburg

Unavailable: Mamady Diambou (ankle), Ignace Van der Brempt (ligament), Samson Tijani (leg), Kamil Piatkowski (thigh), Sekou Koita (ankle)

Doubtful: Luka Sucic (groin)

AC Milan

Unavailable: Alessandro Florenzi (muscle), Rade Krunic (thigh), Ante Rebic (back), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (knee)

Doubtful: None


Celtic v Real Madrid


Unavailable: Ideguchi (leg)

Doubtful: Kyogo Furuhashi (shoulder), Starfelt (knee)

Real Madrid

Unavailable: Odriozola (Calf), Vallejo (Unspecified)

Doubtful: None


RB Leipzig v Shakhtar Donetsk

RB Leipzig

Unavailable: Dani Olmo (ligament), Lukas Klostermann (ankle), Yussuf Poulsen (groin)

Doubtful: None

Shakhtar Donetsk

Unavailable: Korniyenko (Knee)

Doubtful: None


Sevilla v Manchester City


Unavailable: Jesus Manuel Corona (ligament)

Doubtful: Marcão (Hamstring)

Manchester City

Unavailable: Aymeric Laporte (ligament)

Doubtful: Kalvin Phillips (shoulder), Kyle Walker (Unspecified)


Benfica v Maccabi Haifa


Unavailable: Lucas Veríssimo (knee), João Victor (ankle), Morato (ankle) Draxler (knee/match fitness)

Doubtful: None

Maccabi Haifa

Unavailable: Raz Meir (hip), Jaber (leg)

Doubtful: None


Paris Saint-Germain v Juventus

Paris Saint-Germain

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Vitinha (Knee)


Unavailable: Marley Ake (Leg), Federico Chiesa (knee), Wojciech Szczęsny (ankle), Di María (calf), Paul Pogba (knee), Correla (shoulder)

Doubtful: Alex Sandro (Knee)


Wednesday 7th September

Early games (kick-off 17:45 BST)

Ajax v Rangers


Unavailable: Mohamed Ihattaren (Muscle)

Doubtful: Owen Wijndal


Unavailable: Soultar (unknown), Lawrence (knee), Hagi (knee)

Doubtful: Ben Davies (unknown), Roofe (unknown), Helander (foot)


Frankfurt v Sporting CP


Unavailable: Pelligrini (Muscle), Rode (hip), A. Toure (hamstring)

Doubtful: none

Sporting CP

Unavailable: none

Doubtful: none


Later games (kick-off 20:00 BST)

Napoli v Liverpool


Unavailable: Diego Demme (Foot)

Doubtful: H. Lozano (Head Trauma), Victor Osimhen (Muscle)


Unavailable: Thiago Alcantara (hamstring), Jordan Henderson (hamstring), Ibrahima Konate (Knee), Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), Naby Keïta (muscle), Calvin Ramsay (back)

Doubtful: Fabio Carvalho (Dead leg), Caoimhin Kelleher (Unspecified)


Atletico Madrid v Porto


Unavailable: Felipe Monteiro (Suspended), Savić (muscle), Reguilón (groin)

Doubtful: Jan Oblak (thigh), Thomas Lemar (knock) , Matheus Cunha (hamstring)

FC Porto

Unavailable: none

Doubtful: Marko Grujić (muscle)


Club Brugge v Leverkusen

Club Brugge

Unavailable: Tajon Buchanan (muscle), Noa Lang (ankle), Rits (knee)

Doubtful: none


Unavailable: Florian Wirtz(knee), Karim Bellarabi (meniscus), Amine Adli (collarbone), Andrey Lunev (thigh)

Doubtful: none


Barcelona v Viktoria Plzen

FC Barcelona

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Eric Garcia (Groin), Araujo (Muscle), Marcos Alonso (personal)

Viktoria Plzen

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None


Inter Milan v Bayern Munich

Inter Milan

Unavailable: Romelu Lukaku (Thigh), Dalbert( Knee)

Doubtful: None

Bayern Munich

Unavailable: Bouna Sarr (Patella Tendon)

Doubtful: Mathys Tel (Capsular Tear), Chuopo-Moting (groin)


Tottenham v Marseille


Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Lucas Moura (Unspecified), Bryan Gil (Unspecified)


Unavailable: Alexis Sánchez (suspended)

Doubtful: Dimitri Payet( Calf), Bamba Dieng (Muscle), Samuel Gigot(Thigh)


For further preparation ahead of the transfer deadline, be sure to read DTuron’s guide to fantasy UCL strategy, written by last season’s global winner, as well as MiQ’s MD-1 Fantasy Preview and Player Picks article. Also check out PPQ’s Rate My Team piece.

Then please join me, DTuron, and thousands of others in NMA’s UCL mini-league, and be sure to follow www.nevermanagealone.com for ongoing comprehensive coverage of fantasy Champions League (and EPL and World Cup too!).