Brits abroad: Odds stacked against Bellingham's injury-hit Dortmund

A number of English exports will be in action on Tuesday night in the Champions League and Jude Bellingham will have to show all his leadership skills to guide injury-plagued Dortmund home.

Jude Bellingham is a player who "leads the way" for Borussia Dortmund and he will be needed on Tuesday night.

At just 18, the England midfielder has been heralded as one of the Three Lions' big hopes for Qatar 2022 and beyond, and veteran BVB defender Mats Hummels knows exactly what Gareth Southgate is getting.

Hummels lavished praise on Bellingham this week and told DAZN: "He is the most mature 18-year-old player I have ever seen. Jude is already someone who leads the way and he's also one of the loudest in the team.

"He's a great kid, I think I've told him about 25 times now that I just love him."

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Bellingham will have to lead from the front in the Champions League against Sporting.

Dortmund (40/85) look vulnerable with a string of injuries to contend with. As per BVB Buzz, Hummels, Erling Haaland, Axel Witsel, Manuel Akanji and Raphael Guerreiro did not train with the team on Monday.

That could pose major problems for the hosts with Akanji and Hummels expected to make up two of the back three.

Take away that key pair, as well as the prolific Haaland, and BVB certainly do not look like the good things many punters will think they are.

They lost 1-0 at the weekend against Borussia Monchengladbach without Haaland and both he and captain Marco Reus could miss out again.

Bellingham will need all his leadership prowess to guide BVB to a second straight Champions League win after scoring and assisting against Besiktas earlier this month.

Sporting though had a shocking start to life in the Champions League with a 5-1 humbling by Ajax.

A Sebastien Haller double gave the visitors a two-goal lead inside the first 10 minutes and it only got worse after Paulinho had reduced the arrears.

They have bounced back with two 1-0 wins against Maritimo and Estoril since then and they know another heavy defeat could see their qualification chances all but over.

While Sporting might not have the firepower to triumph in Germany, they could certainly make life tough for Marco Rose's men and are worth taking at 0.5 on the Asian handicap line.

AC Milan vs Atletico Madrid

England international Kieran Trippier will come face-to-face with Three Lions wannabe Fikayo Tomori when AC Milan host Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.

It's hard to know what more Tomori can do to get in the England squad after his brilliant form in Serie A.

The centre-back has started every league and Champions League game and looks set to partner Alessio Romagnoli tonight.

Stefano Pioli looks likely to be without Simon Kjaer, Sandro Tonali and Olivier Giroud. Junior Messias is still not match fit and has been left out of the squad to face the La Liga champions.

Trippier is expected to feature in a midfield role after featuring there for the majority of the season. He only made the bench in the opening Champions League draw with Porto.

Rodrigo de Paul was another who could only make the bench in the draw, but both are expected to start in Milan.

De Paul has yet to find his feet in La Liga, with just one assist from six games. But on his return to Italy, he will likely be fired up and if he is afforded plenty of space he could be the man to damage the Rossoneri.

Milan though have only lost once this season - the opening Group B defeat to Liverpool - and the draw at 2/1 looks like the play here.

Real Madrid vs Sheriff Tiraspol

Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid's home tussle with Sheriff Tiraspol in Group D.

The 32-year-old has not featured at any level since playing in Wales' 0-0 draw with Estonia at Cardiff City Stadium on September 8.

He has missed Real Madrid's last five matches due to what manager Carlo Ancelotti described as an "important" injury.

Still, Real have not missed him too much with 17 points banked from their seven La Liga matches to sit top of the table.

They also opened their European campaign with a 1-0 victory over Inter Milan at the San Siro on September 15.

Moldovan champions Sheriff are playing in the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in their history. And they chalked up an impressive 2-0 win over Shakhtar in their first match earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Yuriy Vernydub's side have picked up 19 points from their eight league matches to sit third in their domestic league.

They also won 7-0 against Dinamo-Auto on Saturday, but Real away from home will be a different prospect.

Expect the hosts to dominate and with eight goals already this season, it could be another night for the experienced Karim Benzema to hit the goal trail.

He is 15/8 to score first and 19/4 to bag the eighth treble of his career.

All odds were correct at the time of publishing.

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