Champions League

UCL Fantasy: Tuesday review, Wednesday preview and tips for substitutes and captaincy

We’re midway through the penultimate round of matches in the UEFA Champions League group stage, with another eight fixtures taking place tonight.

And all is still to play for in the UEFA Champions League Fantasy game, which allows managers to change their starting XIs and captains – with certain restrictions – following the culmination of the Tuesday matches and before the start of Wednesday’s games.

In this article, we’ll recap last night’s fixtures and summarise the captaincy and substitution options available to UCL Fantasy bosses before this evening’s 17:55 GMT deadline.

Porto and Liverpool both confirmed their places in the knockout stages as a hard-to-predict set of fixtures produced a hard-to-predict series of results. Meanwhile, Atletico and Real Madrid both failed to win and must now face crucial Matchday Six fixtures against their direct rivals for qualification.

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LAST NIGHT’S REVIEW

With no better place to start, we’ll begin in Group A.

Lokomotiv Moscow had not conceded more than two in a game having played Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid but fell 3-1 to a Mergim Berisha (€7.2m) brace in Moscow. With Patson Daka (€7.4m) still not back from injury, Berisha proved an ample replacement.

Atlético failed to capitalise on a second-string Bayern Munich side, although Joao Felix (€9m) finally saw a return on his great attacking stats from the doubleheader against Lokomotiv with a goal. Simeone‘s fabled defence have now only kept one clean sheet in their first five games in the competition.

Group B continued to produce surprise after surprise. In the early kick-off, Shakhtar Donestk became only the third team in the last 12 years to do the double over Real Madrid in the group stages, as Zinedine Zidane’s toothless side, bereft of their usual star power, conceded to substitutes Manor Solomon (€5.4m) and Dentinho (€5.4m). 

The other match in Group B was comfortably the game of the night, as Inter Milan won their first fixture of the competition so far to give themselves a late chance at qualification. Conte’s defence has conceded two or more goals in four of their five games, so that looks best avoided, although Romelu Lukaku (€10.8m) scored a brace last night to take his tally to 16 goals in his last 17 matches. If anyone can carry Inter to the last 16, it’ll be the big Belgian.

Group leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach continued their scintillating attacking form, as Alassane Plea (€8.4m) notched his fourth and fifth goals of the group stages and had a late equaliser ruled out. Marcus Thuram (€8.7m) also added his fourth assist of the competition.

Group C saw Porto and Manchester City produce a wholly boring goalless draw, with both sides going into half-time with 0.0 xG. Porto collected their fourth Champions League clean sheet on the bounce, with Zaidu Sanusi (€4.8m) adding another eight points to his total of 37. Manchester City’s attack continues to flounder, although Raheem Sterling (€10.5m) missed two big chances and Gabriel Jesus (€9.5m) had a late goal disallowed.

Marseille scored their first goals of the competition to beat a poor Olympiacos side 2-1, thanks to two Dimitri Payet (€7.8m) penalties. 

Liverpool qualified for the last 16 at the second time of asking with a 1-0 win over Ajax. Despite Mohamed Salah (€11.6m), Sadio Mane (€11m) and Diogo Jota (€7.7m) all starting, the goal came from Curtis Jones (€5.4m), who looks set for another start next week against Midtjylland. Liverpool have now kept four clean sheets from five games and face the Danish minnows next week, but expect heavy rotation from Jurgen Klopp. 

The shock of the evening was perhaps Atalanta failing to beat Midtjylland at home in a must-win game. The Bergamo side will now set up for a winner-takes-all match in Amsterdam next week where goals will certainly be on the menu. After his great start, Duvan Zapata (€9.7m) has now blanked three weeks in a row, although goalscorer Cristian Romero (€4.9m) became the game’s top scorer having played only four matches, with 16 balls recovered adding to his total of 60. 

Substitutions and Captaincy

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

As always, anything around four points or less is normally worth the risk of a substitution.

In the Wednesday night team news, Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Meunier (€5.3m) is confirmed out injured, with Raphael Guerreiro (€6m) training individually and therefore also a doubt.

Lionel Messi (€12.1m), Philippe Coutinho (€9m) and Marc-Andre ter Stegen (€6m) have all been left at home for the Blaugrauna’s game in Budapest, meanwhile.

RB Leipzig, Juventus and Barcelona have the pick of the fixtures when it comes to captaincy.

For Juve, expect Cristiano Ronaldo (€12m) and Alvaro Morata (€9m) to start up front after the first was rested and the second sent off at the weekend.

Martin Braithwaite (€5.8m) is on penalties for Barcelona and looks set to be their main man, alongside a resurgent Antoine Griezmann (€9.9m).

Erling Haaland (€11.1m) and Jadon Sancho (€10m) will be looking to build on their great form in this competition, likely supported by Gio Reyna (€6.5m). 

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377 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Is Mahrez, KDB and Jesus triple up essential this gw?

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Nope.

      Maupay, Welbeck & Connolly is where the points are at.

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Quite a luxury. I am still wondering what to do with the only City asset I have - Sterling. To answer your question, NO!

    3. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      played last night 🙂 well not them but first 2 looking good

    4. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yes, I'm going bring them in for Martinez, Steer and Konsa.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Solid transfers, might even pay off for a -4

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yeah, think so as well.

          But seriously would double up on Mahrez and Kdb.

    5. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Not sure about essential, but their collective potential is sorely tempting me to free hit!

  2. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Cheers FFFrog looks like Salah to Haaland then for Cpt though I have a gut for Pedri of Barca

  3. sirmorbach
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Lads, what do you suggest with 2 ft?

    Martínez / Steer
    Chilwell / Cancelo / Cresswell / Lamptey / Kilman
    KDB / Bruno / Ziyech / Grealish / Soucek
    Vardy / DCL / Bamford

    Martínez and Cancelo to McCarthy and Dias?

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I won't lose Martinez. Don't know if Dias will play all the games.

      1. sirmorbach
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Appreciate it, mate. If I may, what do you suggest, particularly regarding Cancelo?

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          The only defender from that team who will get regular minutes is Walker.

  4. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Pick 2 from KDB Son Mahrez Grealish Jota for the long term (considering value)

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      KDB, Son

    2. All about the galacticos
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      kdb grealish

  5. Jdpz
      1 month, 17 days ago

      So Kane is injured?

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        That's what Jose said. But he also said the same for Son.

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Looks like Brewshit is coming in for a 1 pointer this game week

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        He is due , lol keep the faith ,

      2. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        You get what you pay for when dealing with 4.5m forwards.

    • Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Captain:

      A) Sterling
      B) Bruno
      C) DCL
      D) Vardy

      Play:

      1) Coufal vs United
      2) Dallas vs Chelsea

      1. Kannbury
          1 month, 17 days ago

          A1

      2. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        If no Kane Sonny is deadwood , do'nt go on about previous seasons Mo has a different system these days and can't see him adapting at short notice

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          There’s no ‘no Kane’. Kane plays against us on Sunday.

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Spoilsport , cmon there is a chance no

        2. dicky2014
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Would have pens though

      3. kime67
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        on monday i was bored not having to make transfers and all of a sudden my team is a mess.

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          So it's all your fault

      4. SomeoneKnows
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Which would you rather have?

        A) Robertson + Ziyech + Adams
        B) Bednarek + Salah + Brewster (-4) *

        * Brewster will have to play this week because of Grealish's blank

      5. Lignja
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Mccarthy
        Chilwell, Coufal, Lamptey, Kilman, Michell
        Salah, Son, Sterling, Jota, Grealish
        Dcl, Vardy

        00itb 1 ft

        A. Sterling, Michell to Mahrez and any defender (Laporte/Mendy/Walker) - 4
        B. Sterling, Kilman to Kdb, Filips/Wiliams - 4
        C. Keep and risk with Sterling again

        Atm im on B ill need Kdb as he is only safe option if there is something that is safe when ti comes to City

      6. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Is the Villa game definitely not taking place next week? If so, GW17 midweek looks perhaps when the DGW will be. Had Grealish since GW2 and don’t want to sell..

        But Jota is right there.

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Im without Grealish still but certainly coming in on GW16 WC
          If I had him would certainly hold - nice fixtures ahead

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            And strong possibility he gets pens too

          2. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Yeah I don’t wanna get rid and have Bissouma to come in (blergh) but also have Martínez. Unsure what to do hmm..

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              I would take the 0

        2. ppv
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Newcastle are sick and Villa will be happy with break and getting Barkley back. No way will either agree to playing next week and neither in Europe so scheduling no problem in new year and usually 10 days notice required but maybe different with zero fans

        3. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Keep Jacky-boy

      7. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Grealish, Kane to KDB (C), Wellbeck for -4?

      8. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Who to play?

        1. Kilman
        2. Brewster

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          2

      9. Fuddled FC
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        What's the chances of Aguero realistically playing?

        he would be an awesome differential

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Not even on the bench midweek. Less than 5% chance imo

        2. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I would say 10 % chance of getting an appearance . Why would they push him to make this game ?

      10. Nespinha
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cancelo surelly not starting so...

        Bellerin + Cancelo --- James + Dallas

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Just do Cancelo to James

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            This and yes both Arsenal supporters but still this

      11. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Dont know what to do with Sterling - keep or sell?Also any other suggestions or ideas?

        Mendy (Steer)
        Cancelo Justin KWP (Taylor Mitchell)
        Bruno Sterling Son Grealish (Romeu)
        Kane DCL Watkins

        0.2 itb, 1ft

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I am keeping. Been patient with him since GW3. Not moving him out before Fulham for sure.

        2. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Keep for this week. Then sell next week for Mo

        3. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          So tough mate , feel your pain but to go into the GW without a MC player could cost big and everything points to him getting limited time at most on a free - get KBD and Cpt

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Think that is the best yes, I've been stubborn for long enough. Cheers mate

      12. zon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        1 ft, 0 itb. Would you WC this

        Mendy Nyland
        Chilwell Justin KWP Targett* Mitchell*
        Sterling Bruno Son Grealish* Bissouma
        Kane* DCL Bamford

        to this 4-4-2

        Mendy Forster
        Chilwell Cancelo Dias Dier KWP
        KDB Salah Bruno Jota Bissouma
        DCL Bamford Brewster

        1. luk46
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          no way...

      13. AzzaroMax99
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Bruno+Kane to KDB(C)+Vardy is idiotic?

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Kane out is not. Not too sure about Bruno though.

          1. AzzaroMax99
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Bruno is on fire but not cap material this week, at least for me. I’m afraid that Kevin could go wild this week. Rested, on pens. Bigger issue not to own him then Bruno as I see.

        2. luk46
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          ye, maybe Kane + x > KDB + Bamford/Adams?

          1. AzzaroMax99
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Mendy
            Chilwell Lamptey Dias
            Salah Jota Bruno Ziyech
            Kane Dcl Watkins

            Forster Mitchel Anguissa Cresswell

            1FT
            1.4 Idb

        3. Better off with a pin and a…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Losing Bruno isn't ideal - anyone else you can move on for KDB? Vardy's not a bad shout this weekend, though.

          1. AzzaroMax99
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Ziyech, Kane, Dcl to Kdb, Vardy, Adams but -8 :/

        4. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Entirely.

        5. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I wouldn't want to part ways with Bruno

      14. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Is Mane to Mahrez worth a -4?

        1. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          No

        2. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          No

        3. mikess
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I've considered captaining Mane this weekend. Good record vs Wolves past two seasons at home. Rested last week, though played last night

        4. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          No

        5. Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          That's sorted then, cheers

      15. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Captain:

        A) Mahrez (FUL)
        B) KDB (FUL)

        1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Tough but KDB more reliable

        2. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          KDB

        3. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          With KDB winning almost 50% of the vote in the poll, you can get a differential by just going for the 2nd or 3rd highest option -- without going for a wild punt on a player like Mahrez.

          Of course, if a wild punt is what you want, then feel free to go for Mahrez.

      16. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        When Milner got injured and subbed, who played at RB for Pool?

        Curtis Jones?

        1. AzzaroMax99
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Neco Williams?

      17. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        How would this look for next gw, if I took a hit to get Mahrez in for Grealish as a punt? Could easily bring him back in gw13.

        Mendy
        Chilwell, Justin, Cancelo
        KDB(c), Bruno, Mahrez, Ziyech, Jota
        Vardy, DCL

        Button, Coufal, Brewster, Targett

      18. Jdpz
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Kane to Vardy?

          1. AzzaroMax99
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            I will do that probably.

        • JollyGoodYellows
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Would you wildcard this lot?

          Mccarthy (Button)
          Zouma Holding Justin (Konsa Mitchell)
          Bruno JRod Son Bissouma (Grealish)
          DCL Vardy Kane

          1. JBG
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Downgrade Kane and upgrade Son or Hamez to Kdb.

        • Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          These are main defenders. Could I downgrade any of them for an improved budget?

          Chilwell, Zouma and Cresswell.

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Could lose a Chelsea boy, or Cresswel to Coufal, but none would be prioritized for me

        • unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Gutted to lose grealish but no choice so going to use the opportunity to get rid of deadwood . Best replacement midfielder

          A: Jota...allows me to upgrade Burke >> Soucek
          B: Bowen ..same as above (Burke > Soucek) but allows me to move KDB > Salah in gw12
          C: Barnes/Maddison...allows me to upgrade Mitchell >> Dallas

        • Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Selling Hamez for KDB (keeping Podence another week)

          Would you rather lose:
          A) Kane to Bamford (leaves 3.2 ITB)
          B) Ziyech to JWP/Bowen (up to 6.6mid)
          C) Kane to Jesus

          Team linked. Have Son

        • The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Initial plan was Ziyech/son to kdb
          But i have Watkins grealish & non playing kilman on bench
          So Watkins & Burke to Mahrez & Brewster (-4)?

        • mr messi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Bruno or KDB if you can have only one?

          1. FPLShaqiri
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            KDB

          2. All about the galacticos
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Bruno