Champions League

The best UCL Fantasy players to captain or sub on for Wednesday’s quarter-finals

We’re halfway through the first leg of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League (UCL) quarter-finals and there’s plenty more action to come this evening.

Let’s have a look at last night’s games and who the best UCL Fantasy players are for captaining or substituting in ahead of tonight’s matches. 

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Last Night’s Matches

Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund proved to be a lot closer than some people had predicted. From a Fantasy point of view, it’s left the game wide open for next week and we should see full-strength sides sent out from both teams. Kevin De Bruyne (11.3m) pulled the strings in midfield for City, scoring the opening goal from Riyad Mahrez’s (8.7m) cute pull-back. 

Dortmund really should’ve equalised after Jude Bellingham’s (6.5m) goal was ruled out. They defended well throughout and had a few good chances, with Erling Haaland (11.1m) not quite at his clinical best. When they did finally equalise through Marco Reus (8.4m), Haaland got the assist. 

However, De Bruyne’s beautiful deep ball into Ilkay Gundogan (6.5m) then set up Phil Foden (7.1m) to take the game away from Dortmund. BVB will be well aware that they only need one goal in next Wednesday’s reverse leg to see them through and will likely go out early to attack through Haaland and Reus. 

Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1, as the game’s previous highest-scoring defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold (6.7m), was exposed by Toni Kroos’s (8.1m) pinpoint passing. As the Reds have shown before in the competition, they can come back in even the most unlikely of circumstances. Between sides with such winning mentalities and UCL histories, the second leg will be incredibly hard to predict and may well bear no resemblance to last night’s smooth Real win against a pedestrian Liverpool. 

Tonight’s Matches

Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain meet in a repeat of last season’s final but there are key players missing on both sides.

The absence of Robert Lewandowski (12.1m) and Serge Gnabry (9.8m) should leave the door open for PSG’s quarter-final hero of last season, Eric Choupo-Moting (6.6m), to start up top for Bayern. Behind him, Thomas Muller (10m), Leroy Sane (9.5m) and Kingsley Coman (8.7m) all offer great options in midfield, with each of them capable of big hauls on their day. Leon Goretzka (7.7m) has developed a knack of scoring big goals for this Bayern team, not least in their 1-0 win over RB Leipzig last weekend and the winning goal against Borussia Dortmund. All of these midfielders are great Fantasy options with the potential to explode at any given time.

In defence, Joshua Kimmich (6.6m) is clearly the strongest option for Bayern because he actually lines up alongside Goretzka in midfield. Alphonso Davies (6m) is a good pick on the left-hand side of the backline, but will likely have more defensive duties than usual to contain PSG’s über-talented attack. In bringing substitutes on from both teams in this game, prioritise attack over defence.

For PSG, Kylian Mbappe (11m) and Neymar (11.6m) will hold the keys to their chances of success. Mbappe’s runs in behind caused Bayern problems in last season’s final and will likely do the same this evening, as PSG can expect to have to play on the counter against this fierce Bayern attack. Mbappe’s performance in PSG’s last-16 first-leg win over Barcelona marks him as a standout captaincy option for this evening, even with the Ligue I side expected to have a tough night. For the braver people among us, Choupo-Moting is a stronger player than he’s often given credit for and could score well as Lewandowski’s stand-in.

Chelsea and Porto’s fixture will likely be much more defensively focused. Porto are missing two key attacking talents in Sergio Oliveira (6.7m) and Mehdi Taremi (6.5m), which should play well into the hands of Thomas Tuchel’s side. This gives Chelsea a great opportunity to take a lead into the second leg, as they know Porto will have to defend more than they’re perhaps used to. As a result, Chelsea’s attacking options like Mason Mount (6.9m), Kai Havertz (8.5m) and Olivier Giroud (7.7m) are well placed to score well tonight, even against Sergio Conceicao’s robust 4-4-2. 

Edouard Mendy (5.2m) is the highest-scoring goalkeeper in the game and can keep up that form tonight against Porto’s diminished attack. In front of him, Cesar Azpilicueta (5m), Reece James (4.9m) and Ben Chilwell (5.3m) should all start and offer threat at both ends of the pitch. Chelsea defenders should be a priority to substitute on this evening. The Bayern-PSG game is likely to produce higher-scoring players overall, but Mount, Havertz, Giroud and Chilwell are all differential captaincy options tonight.

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227 Comments Post a Comment
  1. mcsteely
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    2FT
    Tierney and KDB to TAA and Salah
    Sound good?

  2. bso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Please RMT guys:
    Mendy - Forster
    Dias - Phillips - Rudiger - Shaw - Dawson
    Jota - Bruno - Lindgard - Salah - Son
    Kane - Nacho - Laca

    Thanks!

  3. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    OMG MOUNT

    What a turn!

    1. Milkman Bruno
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Such a great touch and turn. If it were Mbappe everyone would be creaming their undies

    2. Sid07
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Will you wc this lot, have 2 fts this week

      Martinez meslier
      Azpi dias cancello Dallas coufal
      Salah gundo lingard fernandz son
      Bamford kane Brewster

    3. Geordie19
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Trying to be too differential and Lost points to ML leader this week..
      What you think is better...?

      Gundo to Jota (play 4-4-2)
      Reed and Antonio to Jota and Vydra (3-5-2) -4.

      Thank you in advance

    4. Paulie Walnuts
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Hello etc...

      Stones or Dallas to TAA

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        If Stones plays vs. Leeds, can see him getting on the end of some headers, and Leeds are bad at defending those.

      2. mcsteely
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Stones for me. Dallas easy to bench til the fixtures swing back and assured to start more than Stones with city fighting on four fronts

      3. Paulie Walnuts
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Thanks guys

    5. dark91
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Was planning WC31 for some weeks now mainly to sort the bench. Shall I go ahead or wait 1 more week?

      Martinez
      Alonso Digne Shaw Coufal N.Williams
      Bruno Salah Son Gundogan Raphinha
      DCL Kane Davis

      1. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        How much in the bank ?? ............no real fires so I would wait a week.........if you have money, I would try and get Jota in.

        1. dark91
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          That's the thing. Only 0.7itb so can't get him for free but on the other hand I can see his minutes managed after their CL loss to prepare for the 2nd leg

          1. Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Then if you have that doubt which is a very fair one, I would wait a week. LFC play RM before GW32, if they are out you can do what you like to get jota in on a WC. your team is more than good enough for this week.

            1. dark91
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 15 days ago

              Good to hear. Thanks for your reply and good luck with your team 🙂

          2. Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            What are your thoughts (%) on Gundog and Alonso playing this game week ??

            1. dark91
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 15 days ago

              Alonso 80%
              Gundogan 25% (may switch him to a 1 week punt)

    6. Milkman Bruno
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Mount taking it up a level this year. Having such a good season.

      • Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Guys, Given that Chillwell starts tonight, do we think Alonso is nailed for this weekend ??

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Nailed? No. More likely to play? Probably.

          1. Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            worth the gamble ??

      • FootballDog
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Pick 1.... For -4 Raphinha to:
        A. Sterling
        B. Neto
        C. Salah
        D. Save and play him

      • jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Current WC draft (and best-laid plans). Still have BB.
        Mendy, Forster
        TAA, Rudiger, Coufal, Holding, Struijk
        Bruno, Lingard, Salah, Son, Jota
        Kane, Vydra, Iheanacho

        gw32: Save
        gw33: Son, Struijk > Maddison, form defender
        gw35: Mendy > Meslier
        Play BB in gw36 or 37

      • AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Thoughts on this WC team? 0.6 ITB

        Mendy (Forster)
        TAA - Dias - Rudiger - Shaw - Cindy
        Bruno - Salah - Jota - Son - Lingard
        Kane - Ihenacho - Vydra

        1. AK_FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Coady, not cindy. Damn autocorrect.

          1. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            At least consider Cindy. Good differential perhaps.

            1. St Pauli Walnuts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 15 days ago

              Barbie has a better left peg

        2. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          More or less my current draft, so I like it.

          1. Flynny
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            It's beautiful

      • manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        G2G? (No FT, No WC)

        Areola
        Dias Azpi Shaw Veltman
        Salah Bruno Son Gundo
        Kane Iheanacho

        martinez raphinha bamford dallas

        1. Fantabulous KdB
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          gtg

      • Danstoke82
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Toying over this move, currently on WC;

        Gundo > Lingard

        Gundo could be gold v Leeds but concerned he won’t feature whereas Lingard is going big right now.

        Should I do now or wait a week?

        1. bso
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          I have Lingard instead on Gundo on WC. Pep has a big squad and said he intends to make lots of changes for GW 31.

      • Fantabulous KdB
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        I want a Chelsea mid and looking at Mount but do you reckon he may be benched again?

      • bso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Please give me your opinion on WC?
        Mendy - Forster
        Dias - Phillips - Rudiger - Shaw - Dawson
        Jota - Bruno - Lindgard - Salah - Son
        Kane - Nacho - Laca

        Thanks guys!

        1. Tomas_brolin
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          It’s similar to mine but I have ings instead of Laca as I don’t understand Arsenal

          I’m toying with Maddison over Lingard and TAA over Phillips

          1. bso
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            TAA is very expensive. I don't think he is worth the money especially with Phillips available. I am toying with Maddison instead of Son.
            Laca just for a few weeks while they have very good fixtures.

          2. bso
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Ings has 1 good game...not sure I want to get him in for that. But could do ok vs WBA

            1. Tomas_brolin
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 15 days ago

              I’d say Spurs is pretty good. Newcastle had 4 xG against them and ings has something to play for and looks like his attitude is right

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        OMG CHILWELL

      • gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Oh no Chillwell goal!

      • gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        As an Alonso owner, Chelsea keeping a clean sheet with Alonso not in the team and Chillwell scoring is not exactly what I wanted!