Last year "champion" Banska Bystrica (crowned after the abrupt end of the 2019/2020 season in March caused by the COVID-19 strike and subsequently stripped of the title as the governing body decided not to crown a champion of the shortened season) and the runner-up Slovan Bratislava are still trying to find their lost forms, losing their respective second-round fixtures.
Atletico Madrid at home to Villarreal is Saturday's most attractive game, with Luis Suarez likely to start in the Wanda Metropolitano as Atletico looks to improve on its flat showing away to Huesca in midweek.
Falcao, 34, has found his scoring touch for Galatasaray this season with three goals from the opening four rounds of the Turkish Super Lig.
With a 4,000-seat capacity, the Weihai Nanhai Olympic Center will host the doubles events. The newly-opened venue is currently staging the 2020 China National Table Tennis Championships.
James, 29, has also impressed in his opening three matches for Everton in the Premier League following his summer move from Real Madrid.
Jiangsu showed its well-balanced, attacking firepower, with seven players scoring in double figures, led by Sun Li's 18.
The Rams, as the champions of the previous three seasons are nicknamed, started off well and dominated 4-1 after the first half of the game, led by the Canadian forward Matthew Mistele's two goals, but the visitors from Michalovce produced a miraculous comeback by scoring four in a row.
The corresponding men's 200m, Sinesipho Dambile upset the pre-race favorite Arthur Cisse of Cote d'Ivoire to win the event in 20.44 seconds. Cisse crossed the line 20.53 seconds ahead of Danish's Tazan Kamanga.
The Iranian giant advanced to the ACL final with a 5-3 win on penalties against Al Nassr after the West Zone semifinal ended 1-1 in 120 minutes at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Saturday.
Thomas will be a big loss for Atletico, but the club were able to compensate partly for his loss with Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira arriving on loan from Arsenal with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season for 20 million euros.
The 19-year-old Pole needed just 68 minutes to avenge her exit to the 2018 champion last year in Paris at the same stage.