Champions League

Champions League Picks – Matchday 5

We’ve a few hours left until Matchday 5 of this term’s Champions League matches gets underway. For those playing the official UEFA Fantasy Champions League, we bring you a total of 10 players worth considering over Tuesday and Wednesday, with five potential picks for each of the two evening’s fixtures. Please also be aware that the deadline for Tuesday and Wednesday is 16.45 GMT, due to the early kick-off between Zenit and Atletico today and CSKA against Bayern tomorrow:

The big news is that most of us will be looking for heavy-hitting strikers this week. Lionel Messi is injured and Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of a prime home tie with Galatasaray due to a thigh problem. Both Diego Costa and David Villa have been left behind in Spain ahead of Atletico’s trip to Zenit, whilst Bayen are bereft of Mario Mandzukic for tomorrow’s visit to Moscow. Furthermore, City have already qualified and are expected to field a somewhat weakened side, with question marks raised over Sergio Aguero’s starting role for a home game against Viktoria Plzen.

With this in mind, my tips this week are forward-heavy, though it’s also worth noting that in midfield, some popular absentees include Bayern’s Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger, Leverkusen’s Sidney Sam, Napoli’s Marek Hamsik, Barcelona’s Adriano and Atletico’s Arda Turan.

Tuesday

José Manuel Pinto – with first-choice stopper Victor Valdes ruled out of the remaining two group games though injury, Pinto, at just 3.5, offers a budget route into the Barcelona defence for a trip to Ajax and home clash with Glasgow Celtic.

Oliver Giroud – a win at home to Marseille will place Arsenal in pole position to qualify from Group F. The visitors have been lacking defensive resolve in recent matches and, having notched twice this weekend, Giroud, at 9.0, allows you to replace Messi or Ronaldo and have spare change for an upgrade elsewhere.

Jackson Martinez – the Porto frontman entertains Austria Vienna this evening and will be looking to extend the form that has produced nine goals already this season. Priced at just 8.0, Martinez will fancy his chances against a backline that has conceded seven times in the last two group games.

Max Meyer – with Marco Hoger sidelined for Schalke, the highly-rated youngster looks set to continue in “the hole” in a 4-2-3-1. Meyer has netted four times and picked up a pair of assists in all competitions this term and priced at just 5.5, has a trip to Steaua Bucharest followed by a home clash against Basel.

Josue – Once again we go for the bargain basement Porto player. He’s on set pieces and penalties and has 1 goal and 5 assists to his name this season.

Wednesday

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Messi and Ronaldo owners will likely be jumping over to the big Swede en masse for PSG’s home game against Olympiacos. Second only to the latter in the forward standings, the 12.5 priced Ibrahimovic has notched seven times in the last three group games and looks a real captaincy contender for tomorrow’s round of matches.

Edin Dzeko – with his side already qualified, the big Bosnian is expected to be handed a start at home to Viktoria Plzen. Bearing in mind City’s Etihad form, Dzeko, at 9.5, looks a tempting acquisition against a backline that has conceded eight in two road trips.

Paul Pogba – the former United man has been one of Juventus’ stand out players this season, firing four goals and three assists in Serie A so far. The Italian side are on a rich run of form ahead of a home clash with Copenhagen tomorrow evening – having struggled to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture back in Gameweek 1, the “Old Lady” will be looking to Pogba (5.5) to help fire them to victory.

Stefan Kiessling – a home clash with United will hold no fear for Leverkusen, who have dropped just two points in front of their own fans in the Bundesliga this term. With David Moyes’ men struggling for defensive solidity, the 9.0 priced Kiessling will be looking to replicate the form which has harvested 12 goals and six assists in 19 appearances thus far.

Simon Rolfes – another Leverkusen option, Rolfes comes in at just 5.5 and has served up some impressive midfield performances over 2013/14. Having found the net in three of the first four Matchdays, his consistency has been key to the German outfit’s fortunes in this season’s campaign.

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  1. Granville
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    2 years, 6 months ago

    Spent 10 points

    Messi, Ronaldo, Costa, Eboue, Hamsik, Adriano

    ->

    Dzeko, Ibrahimovic, Giroud(c), Vidal, Bartra, Carvajal

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    1. LOCO ABREU
        2 years, 6 months ago

        you went with carvajal?you think he will play?marcelo is back, changed carvajal>mangala in the end

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        1. Granville
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          2 years, 6 months ago

          Yeah well, I wasn't 100% sure but seemed worth the risk.

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      • Freshy
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        2 years, 6 months ago

        Went with Kun - out early on the weekend - hope Pele wants to put on a show for the fans

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      • Cowboy John
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        2 years, 6 months ago

        Wow. You really were decimated with injuries!

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        1. Granville
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          2 years, 6 months ago

          yeah I can only laugh. Add Baines to that list.

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      • Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
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        2 years, 6 months ago

        I spent 8

        got in Pique, Meyer, Pogba, Lewa (c) and Martinez

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      • Damo.
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        2 years, 6 months ago

        Ronaldo Sam Adriano & Ansaldi

        ->

        Dzeko Rolfes Bonucci & Marcelo

        Lucho (c) tonight
        Di Maria (c) tomorrow

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    2. Voodoo
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      2 years, 6 months ago

      What's happening with Baines? Looked like he's be dropping in price earlier, now it doesn't? Anyone know what will happen?

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      1. King Nil Miss ✩
          2 years, 6 months ago

          Flag changed from yellow to red, I would expect him to drop in price Thursday 3:00 AM.

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          1. RedLightning
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            2 years, 6 months ago

            More like 1.40a.m. actually. We're no longer on British Summer Time since the clocks went back.

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      2. thetinkerman
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        2 years, 6 months ago

        Is Rolfes related to Lolarov?

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        1. Granville
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          2 years, 6 months ago

          You know posts like that are wasted around here. :)

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        2. King Nil Miss ✩
            2 years, 6 months ago

            Rofl

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            1. Lebanese Lalous
                2 years, 6 months ago

                rolf* 😉

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            2. Lebanese Lalous
                2 years, 6 months ago

                Hulk
                This
                Upp

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            3. The Machine
                2 years, 6 months ago

                TM :roll:

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                1. TorresMagic™
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                  2 years, 6 months ago

                  Stickied in 2 places. Glad to help. :)

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                  1. The Machine
                      2 years, 6 months ago

                      Ah cheers. Whats your rank now?

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                      1. TorresMagic™
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                        2 years, 6 months ago

                        :roll:

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                        1. The Machine
                            2 years, 6 months ago

                            ?

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                  2. koLe
                      2 years, 6 months ago

                      Feck I just missed the deadline!!

                      Porto, Juve, City :(

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                      1. Granville
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                        2 years, 6 months ago

                        Bloody annoying isn't it. I wish they'd ignore these early kick offs.

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                        1. koLe
                            2 years, 6 months ago

                            I tried to do it as Jackson, Bale and Negredo in but now all alone with Cristiano (C) who will not play

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                            1. Granville
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                              2 years, 6 months ago

                              See if you can beat my 31 points on the bench through missing the Wednesday deadline a few gameweeks back. Couldn't have hurt me much more.

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                              1. koLe
                                  2 years, 6 months ago

                                  Then I really feel devastated. I'll lose 800th place anyway through the down deep. Already annoys me.

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                            2. King Nil Miss ✩
                                2 years, 6 months ago

                                We´re lucky there isn´t one next matchday, lots of surprises should kick in some formations.

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                              • Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
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                                2 years, 6 months ago

                                I hate them, it's one of the reasons I gave up on Europa fantasy

                                Most annoying thing is that we lose the bonus of knowing line-ups before deadline

                                Can you imagine the chaos if FPL deadline was 2:30.

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                                1. Granville
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                                  2 years, 6 months ago

                                  They wont do it because of the numbers. More than 3m now playing FPL.

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                                  1. Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
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                                    2 years, 6 months ago

                                    I know, nor should they

                                    It'd be utter chaos

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                                    1. Granville
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                                      2 years, 6 months ago

                                      My wife would kill me. I'd never be able to leave the house until the team sheets were out.

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                              • Freshy
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                                2 years, 6 months ago

                                Eliminate the Russian Leagues and give and give 2 auto bids to Scotts and Irish

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                                1. Granville
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                                  2 years, 6 months ago

                                  :)

                                  They could easily say those games don't count. It would add an interesting dynamic to the game.

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                          • pundit of punts
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                            2 years, 6 months ago

                            Saved it finally. Went without Lewa and Bale for a more balanced side. 😯 But all my mids are playing the #10 role. 😎

                            Courtois,Kaminski
                            Alaba,Rafinha,Marquinhos,Caceres,Ambrose
                            Oscar,Isco,Mkhitaryan,Raul Garcia,Teixeira
                            Ibra,Dzeko,Martinez(c)

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                            1. De Sean-Belgique
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                              2 years, 6 months ago

                              nice team that, should do well

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                              1. pundit of punts
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                                2 years, 6 months ago

                                Thanks.

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                          • Nomar
                              2 years, 6 months ago

                              Lol at me. I took 8 pt hit lunchtime to sort my ucl team out yet I still kept Lopez and Ronaldo.

                              Should've read the scout article first really as I would've only transferred in players I really needed.

                              Oh well, ho hum. At least I know I can make changes on my phone at work in my lunch break now though.

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                            • Parm
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                              2 years, 6 months ago

                              Have I missed the deadline again?

                              Grrr, pesky Russians.

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                              1. The Machine
                                  2 years, 6 months ago

                                  Lool sounds like you're just as bad in the other game

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                                • Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
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                                  2 years, 6 months ago

                                  Be careful Parm

                                  early deadline tomorrow as well

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                              2. Shane Ferguson 4.0
                                  2 years, 6 months ago

                                  Who watched Everton-Liverpool match?
                                  I have 2 question.

                                  1 - Any chance Toure will be back at back four after 3 goals conceded

                                  2 - Barkley, was he good? Chances to start again, against Stoke for weekend?

                                  Thanks

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                                  1. Athletico Timbo
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                                    2 years, 6 months ago

                                    2) very good, 100% IMO

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                                    1. Shane Ferguson 4.0
                                        2 years, 6 months ago

                                        Would you play him or Ravel?

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                                  2. t4thomas
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                                    2 years, 6 months ago

                                    Hi All,

                                    How does this look for a -8?

                                    A shift from this:

                                    mignolet, lewis
                                    BAINES, CHESTER, fonte, williams, yanga-mbiwa
                                    hazard, JEDINAK, lallana, sessegnon, morrison
                                    suarez, rooney, lukaku

                                    To this:

                                    mignolet, lewis
                                    MERTESACKER, TERRY, fonte, williams, yanga-mbiwa
                                    hazard, COUTINHOlallana, sessegnon, morrison
                                    suarez, rooney, lukaku

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                                  3. t4thomas
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                                    2 years, 6 months ago

                                    oops, typo:

                                    Hi All,

                                    How does this look for a -8?

                                    A shift from this:

                                    mignolet, lewis
                                    BAINES, CHESTER, fonte, williams, yanga-mbiwa
                                    hazard, JEDINAK, lallana, sessegnon, morrison
                                    suarez, rooney, lukaku

                                    6.7M, 1FT

                                    To this:

                                    mignolet, lewis
                                    MERTESACKER, TERRY, fonte, williams, yanga-mbiwa
                                    hazard, COUTINHO, lallana, sessegnon, morrison
                                    suarez, rooney, lukaku

                                    0M, 0FT, -8

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                                  5. TF-Mane Garincha & Pele
                                      2 years, 6 months ago

                                      UCL --champiomns anyone went for nasri? given un certainty w/ kun & dezko, duo of Negredo & nasri.

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                                    • De Sean-Belgique
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                                      2 years, 6 months ago

                                      In a mad panic went
                                      Pinto Hart
                                      Uchida Van der Wiel Danilo Bonucci Carvajel
                                      Ramsey Draxler Fabregas Vidal Teixeira
                                      Giroud Martinez Ibra
                                      Feel a bit vunerable this week :-)

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                                    • 7shadesofsmoke
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                                      2 years, 6 months ago

                                      Alright chicaritos?

                                      I normally have a pretty clear mind about where i need to make my transfers but this week I am struggling, so I went to the forum for some advice this am.

                                      Would anyone else care to critique my squad before i put forward my proposed transfer?

                                      Boruc (Harper)
                                      Coleman Vlaar Koscielny (Chester Lovren)
                                      Bacuna Özil Nasr Lallana (Brady)
                                      Rooney Suárez Agüero

                                      Bank: 1.4m

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