Champions League

Lewandowski and Suarez among our top picks for UCL Fantasy

Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid are the teams to focus on in the next round of UEFA Champions League Fantasy matches.

The second batch of last-sixteen ties certainly have a lot to live up to after Erling Haaland (€11.1m) and Kylian Mbappe (€10.9m) stole the show last week but there are still plenty of points on offer.

With four more games left in the UCL Fantasy Gameweek, here is a run down of captaincy options and possible substitutions to optimise your team’s chances.

With two match days remaining, there is still room for at least one captaincy risk. Ten points or more is definitely the captaincy score to be aiming for. Regarding substitutions, make sure that every player you’re bringing in is definitely starting, with the deadline for each day at kick-off.

Three or four points is normally low risk enough to be worth taking a chance on a substitution, as long as the player you’re bringing on is starting!

Tuesday, February 23

Lazio v Bayern Munich

Having not won either of their last two games, Bayern Munich actually come into the Lazio fixture in some of their worst form of the season. The last time they went three games without a win in all competitions was October 2018.

Their 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend followed a shock 3-3 draw to relegation strugglers Arminia Bielefeld, but for a side ravaged by injury, which has played five games in 15 days, that is not overly surprising.

Due to injuries, Bayern’s line-up is fairly predictable, and, as with all the games, we will get it before the substitution deadline. The return of Leon Goretzka (€7.5m) will be a massive boost to the side, with the former Schalke man likely lining up behind Robert Lewandowski (€12.1m), with Thomas Müller (€10m) still in isolation. He could be a great differential pick in that number 10 role.

Of course, Lewandowski is still the star man in this team. Four goals in his last four games takes him to 31 goals in 30 games this season. He is my top captain pick for Tuesday night’s fixtures.

Kingsley Coman (€8.4m) is constantly improving as a player and already has three goals and two assists in his four games in the Champions League this season. Playing opposite Leroy Sane (€9.4m), who produced a magical assist for Lewandowski on Saturday, they should be well placed to stretch Lazio’s sometimes suspect defence.

In defence, Joshua Kimmich (€6.6m) remains the best option, mainly because he plays in central midfield. He loves a goal or assist in a big game, but Bayern’s back line has been shown to be relatively suspect recently, so I wouldn’t go too far into their defensive options.

Although they are unbeaten in their last seven home games, Lazio look likely to come out second best in this fixture. The only man from their team I would put my faith in is Ciro Immobile (€10.6m), one of Europe’s finest strikers. Although he hasn’t scored in their last two games, Immobile has 14 goals in 21 league games and has scored in all his Champions League games this season. If anyone is going to take advantage of Bayern’s high line, it will be Italy’s number nine.

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea

Chelsea assets step up ahead of favourable run of fixtures 9

I will never bet against Atletico Madrid in a Champions League knockout game at home. Diego Simeone knows how to win these matches and has a great game here against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.

Although the German is unbeaten so far, he is yet to be really tested. Atletico are top of La Liga and playing some really great football. Although, like Bayern, they do not come into this game in top form, we learned from last week’s fixtures that form can go out of the window in these games (thanks Dortmund!).

Luis Suarez (€9.9m) is my favourite pick for this game. He knows how to bully shaky centre-backs, and all of Chelsea’s defenders have proven that they have a mistake in them recently. He’ll be joined by Joao Felix (€9.0m) up front, with the Portuguese international yet to rediscover his pre-season form. For their prices, Marcos Llorente (€6.5m) and Mario Hermoso (€4.3m) are two more great picks for this game. Llorente has scored two in his last three and Hermoso, along with all of the Atleti defence, should be helped out by Chelsea’s stuttering and unconfident attack.

Thomas Tuchel will likely bank on keeping this as low scoring a game as possible, which may well suit Diego Simeone. Being honest, I am struggling to recommend any Chelsea players here, with Marcos Alonso (€4.7m) being the best pick if he starts. Atletico’s 3-5-2 approach of late is far more attacking and open than some of their classic sides and should have the tactical nous and individual strength to deliver against Tuchel’s fledgling side.

Wednesday, February 24

Borussia Mönchengladbach v Manchester City

This write-up is really very simple. If you own Manchester City players and they start, make sure they’re in your starting XI and that one has the captain’s armband if needed.

They have won 18 games in a row and Gladbach, as attractive a side as they are, were beaten by relegation strugglers Mainz in their last match. Anyone with the foresight to pick Kevin de Bruyne (€11.4m) should reap the rewards, with the Belgian likely back on penalties. He is my favourite captaincy option for the Wednesday games.

Ilkay Gundogan (€6.6m) and Raheem Sterling (€10.5m) are two more great picks from this City side. As always, check the line-up before making your substitutions for this game as Pep can always spring a surprise. Phil Foden (€7.1m) was rested at the weekend and is going from strength to strength. Behind them, Joao Cancelo (€5.8m) is always an attacking threat, but may well be due a rest. John Stones (€5.1m) always has a goal in him so if he starts, he could well be one of the best options in this side.

Given City’s form at both ends, avoid Gladbach players like the plague.

Atalanta v Real Madrid

Real Madrid go into this game with a serious injury crisis. Although they have not conceded in their last three games, Atalanta have an electric attack on their day and will be looking to recapture their form from last year, when they put eight goals past Valencia over two legs. Although Gasperini’s men tend to struggle defensively, Real are in a poor position to take advantage of that with Karim Benzema (€10.4m) out. This could well be a big win for Atalanta.

Atalanta have a few great options. The top points scorer of the group stages, Cristian Romero (€5.1m), scored against Napoli at the weekend and will continue to rack up balls recovered points. Robin Gosens (€5.7m) also scored on Sunday and is always a good option at both ends.

Up-front, Duvan Zapata (€9.7m) was their top scorer in the group stages, but it is Luis Muriel (€8.2m) who has been in the best form of late. Three goals and three assists in his last four league games will make scary reading for Real Madrid’s back line and he could be a great differential captaincy pick for the Bergamo side.

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574 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Original Pirate Material
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Soton absolute pony, dont know why people went for Ings in any case.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Think they thought he had back to back doubles, well Southampton, he was never starting twice in four days.

      The delaying of releasing the fixtures till deadline really hurt them...

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        People still want him for his double which includes MCI 😆

    2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Double game week madness. It's more infectious than Corona virus . This site needs to be locked down as it is a super spreader.

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        🙂

      2. Im New Here
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I've been infected so hopefully I'm immune for future DGWs

    3. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Is Allan back for Everton? If he is will TC DCL

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Why is that so important for DCL do you think?

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Gives them more control, attacking players have to do less work etc etc

        2. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Allan back allows Digne and Coleman to push on and makes Everton more attacking as a whole as he covers the defence. In the 12 games Allan played DCL got 10 goals and 3 assists.

          1. Original Pirate Material
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Ta lads.

    4. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Ings will feast against tired non-existent Leeds defence

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Okay mate.

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        He will end with 1 point if he comes on.

        1. camarozz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          He ain't in the squad?

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            He is

      3. Bob Vrabkab
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Agreed, he'll terrorise that knackered Leeds defence. Expecting at least a brace

    5. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Cooper and llorente at the back. No way are we keeping a clean sheet here.

    6. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Dallas Chilwell Grealish Ings
      To
      Pereira Aina Barnes Kane?

      -12

      BUT I'm bench boosting and will have 13 doubles plus Raph and Bamford

      1. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Only Chilwell and Grealish out?

        Will BB too with Ings and Dallas on bench

    7. fr3d
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Did Train Driver think Ings would start both games?

    8. BeWater
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Great idea for a team in horrendous form. Let's start blanking machine Adams.

      • TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Ings an absolute disaster pick this week and yet still scores the same as Mr Essential Harry Kane

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Transfers in/out the real issue.

        2. money face bandwagon
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          look ahead across the next few gws

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Why how many points did he score in those weeks?

        3. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Kane essential for next week I reckon.

        4. FPL Pillars
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Ings probably almost certain beat him after his sub appearance

        5. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Yup ... let’s hope Leeds are 3-0 up after 20 mins and Ings is forced on .... I think I’ll just move him out this week and forget about his double week 27 ... one of the games vs City so I suppose it was a single week really ... need a pawn for Kane and his name is now Danny.

      • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Ings Areola to Kane fodder? 2FT 2.4 ITB. Would like DCL / BArnes but don’t see a way without losing Salah/Son if I do get Kane in...

        Martinez
        Cancelo Stones Digne
        Salah Bruno Son Gundo
        Ings* Bamford Watkins
        ——————————
        Areola Mee Dallas Raph

        1. Davemc23
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Ings, Bamford, areola, mee > kane, dcl, fodder, fodder -8?

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Now that... that could be a shout. Especially if Bam fails today

          2. hullcityfan
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I'm looking at something similar:

            Ings, Bamford, Cresswell -> Kane, DCL, J.Lewis -8

            1. Davemc23
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Great shout

        2. Davemc23
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I'm happy to ship out my Leeds players as have free hit left. If you've used your BB you don't need value in the 2nd keeper and last defender positions and you'll usually play that XI plus you have good subs in dallas and raphinha

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Cheers bro yeah good shouts.

      • Indpush
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I want to transfer Coufal out for a player that plays on a team that has two fixtures this game week and he doesn't have to play in gwk 29.

        Guaita De Gea
        Dier, Targett, Stones, Cancello, Coufal
        Son, Bruno, Gundo, Rash, Barkley
        Kane, DCL, Watkins

        Will be playing BB for 26.

        After transferring out Coufal will have 5.3 to spend.

        Was thinking of Soyuncu. Like it or prefer another player and who would be your choices to choose from?

        1. Tactical Frank
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Targett

          1. Indpush
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Got Targett already

      • Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Why did you have to get a new tattoo today Ings. Play the fecking game.

      • TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Danny Ings dropping down to the bench is a tactical decision. Same goes for Minamino & Djenepo.

        Hasenhuttl viewed Chelsea as an intense match and is expecting the same tonight, which is why the trio have been rested.

        Seems insanity to me

        1. BeWater
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Best hope now is Leeds are smashing them by half time and Ings has to come on for the second half.

          • Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            More likely that the Austrian Klopp thought that 2 matches in 4 days was too much for Ings, given his recent injury. Expect him to come on though.

            1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Do you actually think he's that smart? This is the manager who has lost 9-0 on two occasions and conceded 6 to a mourinho side at home after refusing to change his high line tactics

        2. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Ings wagon never even got going

          1. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Turned on its side with Injuns circling around it, whooping..

        3. All about the galacticos
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          It is crazy. I can understand if Ings can't play two in short succession but surely Leeds was the game to target.

        4. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          What the hell Ings.

          What a way to ruin the game I’ve been looking forward to all week.

          4-1 Leeds

          1. El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Yeah...from bad to worse

        5. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          No Ings
          Dallas left back
          Tyler Roberts

          Ight Imma head out

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Missed Roberts in all of that 😆

            Ings will outscore triple Leeds tonight!

          2. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            No Alioski either

        6. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Ings(C) benched...damn got him for this game

        7. wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Prediction for Lee-Sou?4-1.

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Leeds 6 - 1 Southampton

          2. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            0-0

        8. DV8R
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          For those without Kane and WC, what plans do you have to get him in? It would require a -8 for me and I'm not sure if that's worth getting him in or just to roll without.

          1. Abaddon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Antonio to Kane. Also thinking of Soucek to Barnes for -4. i have a lot og money itb

          2. ZAMUNDA
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            It would get me a -4 to get him with Fabianski + one of DCL/Bamford/Watkins to Fodder + Kane but I don't see it paying off as Bamford will be playing in 29 and both Watkins and DCL having DGW26.

            1. ZAMUNDA
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Already have Son

          3. Davemc23
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            -8 could be worth it if the other transfers are players with high ceiling. Of if you're going to TC kane

        9. No end product
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Options - your thoughts appreciated

          A. Kane+Forster -4 (for Pope and Ings)
          B Kane+Aina+Forster -8 (for Pope, Ings and Justin)

        10. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Just seen the Saints lineup!

          Hahaha, hilarious.

          At least Armstrong is back to make the Saints attacked tick... uh.

        11. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          No need to have Ings for 27. He will play vs Sheffield and benched vs City

          1. All about the galacticos
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            will benched for Sheffield, play City

            1. Keeptrying
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              even better hahaha

          2. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Agreed

          3. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Yup needs to be shipped by the end of the gw

        12. Toughie
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I'm using BB, please pick one

          A. Ings & Burn to DCL & Soyuncu (-4)
          B. Above plus Raphinha to Pereira (-8)

        13. Davros
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Lol

        14. Dog and Fox
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I can only pick one for my WC-team.

          a) Salah
          b) KDB
          C) Sterling

          Also, best def from Leicester, Casatgne?

        15. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Ings had a nailed on hatrick tonight if he starts.

          Now we’re going to lose 9-0 (again).

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Please.

            1. ZAMUNDA
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              I have Vestergaard. Please no.

          2. Davros
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            9-1 hopefully 🙂

        16. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Have been swamped with work recently and haven't been on here over the past few days.

          Any timescales/news on Grealish's injury?

          All I can find online when I google him at this moment is how Villa have been banned from playing FPL. Cheers!

          1. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I read 'a month'. Can always change.

            1. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Thanks mate, will have to probably shift him out for 26

        17. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Leeds defending on corners is usually shocking. Good bet is Vestegard to score tonight. Hope not but wouldn't be surprised.

        18. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Wait why the f is Ings benched?

          1. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Only recently back from injury. 2 games in 4 days.

            1. Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Well he's gone for Kane in 3 hours time anyway

          2. JammySprat
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Ahhh bugger (c) fail

            1. Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Come on v tired leeds legs

        19. Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Is a 3-0 Bamford Hat trick, Ayling triple assist and Mccarthy triple pen save too much to ask for?