Champions League

The best players to sign and captain for UCL Fantasy Matchday Five

The business end of the UEFA Champions League group stages brings us some mixed fixtures in Matchday Five.

Six teams have already qualified for the knockout stages, but there are some important battles to take place before we know who the other 10 competitors for the second round. 

Form and qualification will come into play a lot more over the next two weeks so, with that in mind, here is a look at what to expect in UCL Fantasy and who to back ahead of this week’s fixtures. 

Captains Sensible

Tuesday, December 1

Sensible

As we have come to learn from playing Fantasy Premier League, if in doubt, give the armband to Mohamed Salah (€11.6m). Liverpool know that victory against Ajax can see them qualify for the knockout stages and will not want to leave it until the last Matchday. 

Salah needs no introduction, but with a goal narrowly disallowed against Brighton at the weekend and nailed-on penalties after James Milner’s (€6.0m) injury, he may well take responsibility for qualification into his own hands. 

Differential

I really struggled to find a pick here. I have plumped for the starting striker in what is the only plum fixture of the night on paper. Atalanta have been in poor form domestically, but after his performances in Matchday One and Two and their great win against Liverpool, I’ve placed my faith in Duvan Zapata (€9.7m). 

Opponents Midtjylland are yet to pick up a point in the group stages and Gian Piero Gasparini will know that a win will do wonders for their chances of qualification. Zapata has been their talisman so far in the competition and will lead the line again on Tuesday. 

Wednesday, December 2

Sensible

This has to be Erling Haaland (€11.0m). A win will see Dortmund not only qualify, but be guaranteed group winners. Haaland is the top scorer of the group stages so far, with back-to-back braces taking him to six goals in four games. No-one seems to be able to stop the Norwegian wonder-kid and Dortmund should comfortably have the quality to beat Lazio. 

Differential

With five goals so far in the competition and his late red card on Saturday ruling him out of the next league game, Alvaro Morata (€9.0m) should get the nod up front for Juventus against Dynamo Kiev. 

While the Italian giants have been thoroughly uninspiring so far this season, Morata has been their saving grace on more than one occasion and Dynamo have been poor throughout the competition and struck badly by injury and positive coronavirus (COVID-19) tests. 

Who to bring in?

My rule here is to back players and teams who still have something to play for. The big sides which traditionally fill our teams have mostly qualified by this stage and will be heavily rotating, as we’ve seen with Bayern Munich leaving Robert Lewandowski (€12.0m), Manuel Neuer (€6.0m) and Leon Goretzka (£7.6m) at home for their trip to Madrid. 

Atletico Madrid know that they have to beat Bayern to leave qualification in their own hands and if they are to win, João Félix (€9.0m) will be involved. Borussia Dortmund need a win against Lazio to secure their qualification, with flying full-back Rafa Guerreiro (€6.0m) and attacking midfielder Gio Reyna (€6.5m) both top picks who look sure to start. 

Atalanta have been in poor form domestically, but last seasons quarter-finalists have two must win fixtures on the horizon. Wing-back pairing Hans Hateboer (€4.9m) and Robin Gosens (€5.5m) showcased their prowess at both ends against Liverpool and will be instrumental in any success the Bergamo side have from here on in. 

The teams in Group B and Group H still have all to play for, with PSG and Real Madrid among their ranks. Karim Benzema (€10.5m) is back fit and will be at the heart of Real Madrid’s action in Donetsk, the same defence which Borussia Mönchengladbach scored ten past over Matchdays Three and Four. 

Gladbach themselves come into this game in top form and Alassane Plea (€8.2m) and Marcus Thuram (€8.7m) will look to take advantage of an Inter Milan defence which looks far shakier than their recent form suggests. 

Group H is really too close to call, but PSG should have the quality needed against Manchester United and Istanbul Basaksehir to regain form and qualify. Kylian Mbappe (€11m) and Neymar (€11.4m) have looked poor so far in the competition, but only months away from their Champions League final loss, I have faith that the two will carry this side to the knockouts. 

Who to avoid?

As I’ve mentioned above, this is a stage in the competition where the European giants take a back seat. Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Barcelona, Chelsea and Sevilla have all qualified and expect both lacklustre performances and rotation as a result. 

Not too many injuries have been picked up since last week, with Eden Hazard (€9.4m) perhaps the biggest casualty. 

Good luck everyone.

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901 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    I’m pretty fecked if this Villa game is postponed

    1. built_this_city
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      when*

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        No

        1. built_this_city
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          apologise to me plz

    2. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Me too..... martinez grealish and watkins

      Bench includes burke and mitchell. And I have cancelo too! Had planned to save ft!!

    3. scubasmithy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Tell me about it, I have Watkins, Grealish and Targett.

      My bench is Bissouma, Kilman and Ferguson...... so I'm down to 9/10 men... .1ft, no wildcard...

      May just play with 10 as I don't want to transfer out any of the three above, maybe at a push do Watkins to Bamford, but Villa will then have two games in hand...... hmmmmm

      In another universe I'd have a 10 point haul from Watkins this week to soften the blow, but no. @rse

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Timing 😆

  2. Villa v. Newcastle postponed
    ElliotJHP
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Game has been postponed:

    https://twitter.com/NUFC/status/1333813176157298693

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Hulk and HT this

    2. Joey Tribbiani
        1 month, 24 days ago

        FML, did early transfer for Wilson

        1. BAMBAA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Sama here

      • NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Damn just brought in Watkins lol

      • SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Wow. That's a problem.

      • KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Well...

      • Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Important to add here that it could be still in the same GW

        1. built_this_city
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Can they play at the same time as the Champs league?

          1. Geoff
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Yes, it's just potentially a fine.

            They could also play Monday night

            1. Shineonme
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Not now if the fri game has been called off for sure.

        2. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Surely not!

      • Olson
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Christ. 4 players and one FT

      • teneighty
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Let the panic begin!

    3. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Fek sake

    4. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Extra transfer pls fpl thanks

      1. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        No way, deal with it.

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          You deal with the free transfer

    5. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      FFS

    6. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Anyone playing UCL fantasy?

      What you think of this limitless team, any changes?

      Oblak Szczesny
      Gosens Romero Hakimi Angelino Hummels
      Salah Mane Sterling Sancho Bruno
      Haaland Gomez Ronaldo

      1. asdf_1
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        zapata instead of gomez?

        1. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Ya I prefer that but why was he benched before?

    7. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Sigh...there’s always something to stop saving a FT

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        *me

      2. Africa United
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Problem is with crazy price changes sometimes you have to make the free transfer early and forces to take hits or sink

        1. Africa United
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Then forced*

    8. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 24 days ago

      That was obvious and I expected it

      It’s well and good to have a ‘policy’ but when half a first team gets Covid and pressure comes piling in the PL will crumble very quick (and rightfully in my opinion) especially when it’s an easy game to re arrange

    9. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      WC'ed in Triple villa,Cancelo,Vardy and Ziyech among others in GW9 🙂

    10. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Wait for more news. It could be postponed to tuesday or wednesday and still be part of GW11.

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        It could, but surely they will just rearrange for later in the season without rushing when they can probably have fans in. Neither team in Europe so plenty of midweeks to choose from too.

        1. Dino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Is there plenty of midweek? That's Aston villa with two extra games already and if the get a decent cup run which is very possible the way they are playing then the pl might be looking to rearrange 4 games for them in the second half of the season which is already very congested due to a shorter season than normal. I don't think it will be in this gw either but I do think its going to be very tricky to fit it in.

      2. Shineonme
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Not now no

    11. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      So, is the free hit worth it for your team?

      Let's say you had 3 Villa, Wilson, no City, no Chelsea, I'd say definitely.

      1. matiakez
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        In that situation and with no WC I would be seriously tempted.

    12. matiakez
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Guessing there's a lot of us with no keeper now this weekend? Is it worth a hit to get one? I'm thinking no currently?

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I probably will. Just debating whether to just move Martinez or get a second playing keeper.

      2. Big Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I'm also thinking no... Johnstone arguable best fixture but it's WBA

      3. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Nope

      4. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Who to pick is the question

    13. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Why I have to take hits for Fuchs sake have Jack and Watkins
      Mitchel nwko Williams subs not looking good
      Take hit or not worth it lads

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Wait for news on Friday the latest...

        1. Africa United
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Yea be waiting and I don't mind fielding 10 only no tasty fixtures anyway

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Ohh they postponed it...

    14. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Looks like I'm doing Son to KDB for -4 and getting a keeper in with my free transfer 🙂

    15. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I guess there’s a chance it could be rearranged within the gameweek right?

      1. Big Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Surprised they announced before the testing results from tomorrow. Thought it could have been played on Monday but guess not?

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Doubt that very much

      3. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yes. Midweek is free, but it's whether it fits within the COVID guidelines surely.

      4. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yes, could be

      5. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I dont understand why they would do that

      6. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Any idea how likely that would be?

        All I can see in the Premier League statement about rearranging is this:

        "The Premier League wishes those with COVID-19 a safe and speedy recovery and will rearrange the postponed fixture against Aston Villa in due course."

      7. Dr.Oftaw
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Doubt it

      8. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yes imho.

      9. Shineonme
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Imo for what its worth no

    16. Big Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Grealish (TC) if there is a TRIPLE GAMEWEEK

    17. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Rage transfer of Martinez to Mendy 3 weeks ago finally pays off

      1. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Ha! Don't think I'll be the only one thinking of making the same move as you this week.

    18. Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Martinez & Grealish > Mendy & Jota?

    19. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Another hit here I come!

    20. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Grealish/Son > Jota/KDB (-4) and field 9, or just Son > KDB & field 8?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I'd deal with your bench tbh.

    21. michaelington
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      How much do you think Grealish will drop over the next couple of weeks?

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Irrelevant, you’ll want him back straight away. He’s going to have 2 DGWs

    22. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Son of a.... Never a dull moment in this game nowadays.

    23. Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      If you own Werner & Salah already, how do these two look with the news of Covid...

      Grealish & Martinez > Jota & Mendy?

    24. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Thats 2 million Grealish to Jota transfers right there.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        You're telling me I can get people to fuel my already existing Jota fund AND have Grealish at lower ownership next week?

        Nice.

    25. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Every man and his dog going to have Jota now

      1. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        for his benching this weekend

    26. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Will FPL deadline also change?

      1. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I expect so.

      2. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        According to the rules it should.

    27. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      NEED AN EXTRA FT 🙂

    28. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Why are people thinking of taking out Grealish? Mad considering it's just one game. OK granted if you don't have a great bench then fine, but the fixture list is still kind for the next 4!

      1. Big Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Plus potentially 2 DGWs...

        1. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          This

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        That is mad. But if many are like me and have 3 Villains, one has to go. I'll lose Martinez and bench Jack and Ollie myself.

        1. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Ah right. Yeah I'm benching Jack and Ezri

    29. Big Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      This is where the buying/selling value thing annoys me. If I drop one of Grealish or Martinez I'll have to pay more to buy them back, but I have 0.0 itb