Champions League fixtures 2021/22: when do Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd play on Matchday 3?

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The Champions League returns for its third matchday in the group stages of the competition

English clubs Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea will play on Matchday 3 in the hope of making it to the knockout stages of the Champions League 2021/22 which take place next year.

The clubs will have three more match days after this week, finishing on 8 December 2021, where they will then hopefully make it through to Round 16 which will take place in February 2022.

Here is all you need to know about Matchday 3...

Champions League fixtures: Tuesday 19 October 2021

Club Brugge v Manchester City

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  • Manchester City will play Club Brugge at the Jan Breydelstadion in Bruges, Belgium
  • The match kicks off at 5.45pm BST and is available to watch on BT Sport

Manchester City kicked off their Champions League campaign with a hugely strong start beating Leipzig 6-3. However, their last matchday saw them lose 2-0 to Paris Saint-Germain.

Club Brugge will come into this match after a surprise draw against Paris Saint Germain in their first match and a 2-1 win against Leipzig on Tuesday 28 September 2021.

The Mancunian side will look to score early and earn some valuable away goal difference points if they hope to remain in with a chance of making it to Round 16 next year.

Manchester City will play Club Brugge in their third Champions League 2021/22 matchManchester City will play Club Brugge in their third Champions League 2021/22 match
Manchester City will play Club Brugge in their third Champions League 2021/22 match | Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has announced a 20-man squad for the match:

Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Zack Steffen, Aymeric Laporte, Rodrigo, Kevin de Bryne, Bernado Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, Joao Cancelo, Ederson, Scott Carson, Phil Foden and Cole Palmer

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Guardiola’s side remain the heavy favourites coming into the match, however Club Brugge have already changed the initial odds for the competition thanks to their draw at PSG and should therefore not be underestimated.

Atletico v Liverpool 

  • Liverpool will travel to the Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain
  • The match kicks off at 8pm and is available to watch on BT Sport

Liverpool are currently top of Group B having beaten both Milan and Porto in their last two games. Jurgen Klopp’s side thrashed Porto 5-0 last match day and beat Milan 3-2 in their first Champions League match.

Atletico have one draw and one win so far and will hope that their home advantage secures them another valuable three points.

Scores and upcoming fixtures for English clubs in UEFA Champions League. Scores and upcoming fixtures for English clubs in UEFA Champions League.
Scores and upcoming fixtures for English clubs in UEFA Champions League. | JPI Media Graphic: Mark Hall

Liverpool are set to welcome Alisson Becker and Gabinho back into the picture for their clash. Curtis Jones has not made the trip to Madrid as he continues to build up his fitness after a minor injury. Thiago Alcantara will miss his fifth match after sustaining a calf injury.

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Liverpool are currenlty top of their Champions League group ahead of fixture against AtleticoLiverpool are currenlty top of their Champions League group ahead of fixture against Atletico
Liverpool are currenlty top of their Champions League group ahead of fixture against Atletico | POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Saturday 16 October 2021 saw Roberto Firmino bag a hat-trick and if he were selected to play this evening, it would be his 300th appearance for the club in all appearances.

Liverpool’s recent strengths in the Champion and Premier League stand them in good stead, however Atletico have also been an improving force in recent weeks, defeating AC Milan and Barcelona before the international break and will therefore not be an easy opponent.

Champions League fixtures: Wednesday 20 October 2021

Manchester United v Atalanta 

  • Manchester United will host Atalanta at Old Trafford, Manchester
  • The match will kick off at 8pm BST and is available to watch on BT Sport 

Manchester United suffered a shock defeat to Young Boys in their first Champions League match before winning at home to Villarreal 2-1 on the last matchday. They are currently sitting third in Group F where their opponents are top of the table.

Atalanta drew against Villarreal in their first match before beating Young Boys last matchday. They are currently unbeaten in their last 11 away games in all competitions.

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Manchester United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced recent criticism, especially following his team’s recent 4-2 loss to Leicester. He has hinted at making changes ahead of the clash against Atalanta and will hope to get more energy into his starting XI.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be available to play following a successful appeal by Manchester United to reduce his UEFA two-game suspension.

Fred and Edinson Cavani will likely be available as well after their South American World Cup qualifying commitments meant they were not present at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Ronaldo celebrates 2-1 win at Villarreal in Man Utd’s last Champions League matchRonaldo celebrates 2-1 win at Villarreal in Man Utd’s last Champions League match
Ronaldo celebrates 2-1 win at Villarreal in Man Utd’s last Champions League match | AFP via Getty Images

Atalanta won their three away games in last season’s group stages with Madrid being their only loss in the last seven away UEFA Champions League matches. They are likely to cause an insecure Manchester United severe problems.

Chelsea v Malmo

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  • Chelsea will host Malmo at Stamford Bridge, London
  • The match will kick off at 8pm BST and is available to watch on BT Sport 

Chelsea currently have one win and one loss in their Champions League 2021 campaign. Their last match saw them lose 1-0 away to Juventus while they had previously won 1-0 to Zenit at Stamford Bridge.

Malmo are currently bottom of their group having lost both opening matches. Their first match saw them lose 3-0 to Juventus while on the second matchday they lost 4-0 to Zenit.

Antonio Rudiger will continue his absence from the pitch due to back issues, however Thiago Silva will be available following his late return from international duty.

Christian Pulisic has been ruled out due to an ankle injury while Hakim Ziyech is also likely to miss out due to illness.

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The previous two times the two teams played each other Chelsea won both times. Given Malmo’s recent losses in the Champions League it seems likely Chelsea will have the upper hand, however the Swedish team will come into this match off the back of a 3-0 win over Ostersund in the league at the weekend. As both teams are bottom of their group, they will be looking to secure those three points at Stamford Bridge

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