Champions League

The best players to own and captain for UEFA Champions League Fantasy Matchday 2

The second round of UEFA Champions League games of 2021/22 is here and there are some massive ties lying ahead. Here’s a run-through of what you need to know for your UCL Fantasy captains and the player picks ahead of Matchday Two.

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TEAMS TO BACK

AJAX

A total of 22 goals in their last four games highlights the sort of devastating attacking form this Ajax side are in. They face a Besiktas side riddled with injuries across the pitch which should give assets like MD1 hero Sebastian Haller (8.5m), Antony (7m) and Noussair Mazraoui (4.5m) a great opportunity to score big yet again.

RB LEIPZIG

Three goals against Manchester City was far better than anyone expected Jesse Marsch’s side to get in MD1 and they’re fresh from a 6-0 weekend win over Hertha Berlin. They’ve reverted to the 4-2-2-2 Marsch was famous for at RB Salzburg and it has paid dividends, especially for Christopher Nkunku (7.5m), Nordi Mukiele (7m) and Emil Forsberg (5m).

REAL MADRID

Top of La Liga with a goal difference of +21, Ancelotti’s Real side have quality across the pitch. They face Moldovan minnows Sheriff and are led by a resurgent Karim Benzema (10m), who has 15 goal contributions in just seven games. Although Sheriff got a MD1 win against a poor Shakhtar Donetsk side, Real should have far too much quality for them to repeat their earlier heroics.

ATALANTA

Whatever their domestic form is, Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta side always seem to turn up in the UCL. They battled to a 2-2 draw with Inter Milan at the weekend and now face a Young Boys side who beat Manchester United on MD1 but aren’t even top of their domestic league. The win over United was far more due to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s failings than Young Boys’ own brilliance and Atalanta should put them back in their place.

ZENIT ST PETERSBURG

Zenit impressed against Chelsea in MD1 and were inches away from securing a draw against the European champions. They face a Malmo side who were one of the poorest on MD1 and Zenit should be able to take advantage of that. Veteran striker Artem Dzyuba (8m) nearly scored on MD1, has re-secured his spot in their starting line-up, is on penalties and has three goals in his last two games.

BAYERN MUNICH

Bayern have won eight games in a row under Julian Nagelsmann and have 22 goals in their last five in all competitions. They’re a far superior side to a Dynamo Kyiv team which lost 3-0 to Shakhtar in midweek’s Ukrainian Cup final. Robert Lewandowski (11.5m), Thomas Müller (9.5m), Joshua Kimmich (6.5m) and co will likely continue their great form and run riot in Munich.

CHELSEA

Although they lost to Manchester City at the weekend, this Chelsea side is still one of the best teams in the world and far superior to the Juventus side they’re playing. This game looks great for their defence, as Juventus are missing some key attacking pieces and Thomas Tuchel’s side have kept four clean sheets in six Premier League games.

BIG TEAMS TO AVOID

BARCELONA

It’s sad to see a side like Barcelona in this state, but they’re in complete disarray. Their weekend win over 17th placed Levante was their first in three games, after draws with La Liga minnows Cadiz and a very poor Granada side. Benfica are a solid side and may well have enough to overpower Ronald Koeman’s pedestrian team.

MANCHESTER UNITED

After losing their last UCL game and a weekend defeat to Aston Villa, Ole’s United now face a Villarreal side who beat them in May’s Europa League Final. Something isn’t working for the Red Devils at the moment and they’re best avoided until they have broken through this rough patch.

JUVENTUS

The Old Lady are tenth in Serie A and likely to be missing both Paulo Dybala (9m) and Alvaro Morata (9.5m) up front. They host the European Champions in Turin and can only be expected to come out second best.

PSG & MANCHESTER CITY

These are both top sides in great form. Whilst they are likely to play out a great game on Tuesday evening, it’s incredibly hard to predict and probably best left alone in UCL Fantasy terms.

CAPTAINCY

TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER

Captain Sensible: Karim Benzema

Eight goals and seven assists in seven La Liga games shows what sort of form the talismanic Frenchman is in under Carlo Ancelotti. Real are flying in La Liga and should sweep aside Sheriff Tiraspol, with Benzema set to star.

Captain Differential (under 10% owned): Sebastian Haller

Haller has nine goals in five games for club and country and Ajax have 22 goals in their last four games. A player in great form playing for a club in great form with an easy fixture. Haller is a great value captaincy option.

WEDNESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER

Captain Sensible: Robert Lewandowski

Lewy got a brace in MD1 and Bayern have been quality under Nagelsmann. The visit of Dynamo Kyiv presents a great opportunity for the Polish striker to add to his MD1 brace and get back on the scoresheet after failing to score for the first time in 19 club games against Greuther Fürth on Friday.

Captain Differential (under 10% owned): Artem Dzyuba

Dzyuba has form and fixture here, with three goals in his last two games. He faces a poor Malmo side and could score big as Zenit’s attacking talisman.

SPOT THE DIFFERENTIAL

Five differential picks to give your squad an edge over your competitors.

  • Raphael Guerreiro (6m) – 3% – An attacking defender who’s been in great form recently for Marco Rose’s side, Guerreiro will be even more important to a Dortmund side likely missing both Marco Reus (8m) and Erling Haaland (11m). Sporting Lisbon were poor on MD1 and Guerreiro is well placed to take advantage of that on MD2.
  • Antony (7m) – 3% – Three assists in MD1, playing for an attacking side in great form, with a great fixture. For his price, Antony is a brilliant MD2 option.
  • Edin Dzeko (7.5m) – 1% – Dzeko has four goals in his last three league games for Inter and is outperforming the more expensive Lautaro Martinez (10.5m). A proven goalscorer in good form against poor opposition in a Shakhtar Donetsk side which were turned over by Sheriff Tiraspol on MD1.
  • Karim Adeyemi (7m) – 1% – Adeyemi won three penalties against Sevilla and has much easier MD2 opposition in a Lille side struggling for form. The German starlet has seven goals in nine Austrian Bundesliga games for Salzburg.
  • Ruslan Malinovskyi (7.5) – 0% – The Ukrainian midfielder scored against Inter Milan at the weekend and has a great fixture against Young Boys Bern. He’s on most set-pieces for Atalanta and will be involved in whatever they do against the Swiss minnows.

644 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Kimmich
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Wildcard a couple of weeks ago turned out to be a bit of a mistake. What fire to put out first? Bamford probably? 2.1itb.

    Sanchez
    TAA - Shaw - Marcal
    Salah - Jota - Sarr - Gallagher
    Ronaldo - Jimi - Bamford

    Steele - Duffy - Livramento - Gilmour

  2. Do I Not Like Orange
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Is Saka worth the extra 0.9 over ESR?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Hard to say but Saka can play many positions & likes to shoot on sight

    2. Gunneryank
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I think it's possible, but need to watch more. For what it's worth, I'm considering Saka in for Greenwood in the next couple weeks.

      • Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yes

      • Joey Tribbiani
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Easier to run away from Saka in 1 move if needed atleast

      • Weak Become Heros
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Will make final decision this GW but I think so.

      • I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I think so. Saka is nailed. ESR, Odegaard and Pepe fighting for the other two attacking midfield spots.

      • TallestJohn
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Not for me, I've never seen anyone totally vacate the areas Saka and ESR occupy like Spurs. Feel like we'll see more Arsenal performances like the one against Burnley than the one against Spurs.

        I've had ESR as fifth mid all season but only started him against Spurs (would've started him against Norwich bar fitness concerns), I think that performance has been coming for him and Saka still doesn't look at his best. Plus I think Ødegaard coming in suits ESR who is better on the left.

        That said, Saka is better in front of goal and don't think he's a bad option if you've lost faith in the £7-8m options.

    3. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Marcal--Bam--CR7
      To
      Rudi--Antonio--Luk
      For a hit?

      1. Gunneryank
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Hmmm. For a hit? Don't think so but given the players involved...i would consider it. I'm holding Ronnie for Everton fwiw.

        • KunDogan (B.D.)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Just Bam to Antonio

      2. Gentlemens club
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Bamford to Antonio for a hit? Will probably captain Antonio and bench Gallagher/Sarr

        Sanchez
        TAA Alonso Rudiger Marcal
        Salah Sarr Rapinha Gallagher
        Ronaldo Jimenez

        Gray/Livramento/Bamford*

        1. aleksios
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Yes.

        2. Gunneryank
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Yes. Only because it's Antonio. Also I like Ron over Antonio for cap.

          • Gentlemens club
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Thanks guys!

        3. The Red Devil
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          any news on Haaland starting or missing out?

        4. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          James likely return at gw8, why are people selling???

          1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            ‘It’s still very painful. It will come down to pain management in the end and how much he can accept.

            ‘Right now we are looking at a minimum of one more week.’

          2. Carlton P
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Was just about to post this. Read that comment on Twitter earlier. I’m undecided on what to do. Hopefully means he plays prem games but not champs league

          3. I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            I'm keeping him. Hopefully he's back after the international break.

          4. Eddie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            I'm selling cause he won't play this weekend. Will possibly buy back at a discount price after IB.

          5. pavlev
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            I agree I'm taking that as a long suffering James owner!

        5. Inazuma X1
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          is Semedo injured?

          1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Nope, just a wasting time purpose or a cramp at most

          2. Weak Become Heros
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Looked to be a time wasting thing.

          3. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            How many times have you asked this?

          4. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 9 days ago

            No he passed away from mild cramp and there is a candlelight vigil tomorrow.

            RIP

        6. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          2FTs, 1.0itb
          1) Shaw, Digne > Alonso, Rudiger
          2) Digne, Greenwood > Alonso, Saka

        7. MidTableFantasy
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Greenwood to Raph?

          1. Weak Become Heros
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            In isolation, yes. But I worry that his international duty will mean he misses GW8.

            1. pavlev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Ba-dum, tsch!

          2. Gunneryank
              2 months, 9 days ago

              For free? Yeah probably. Considering the same.

              1. Flynny
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Hopefully greenwood benched tomorrow and then he may start at weekend....

                1. Gunneryank
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    He'll probably start both. My issue is in United's attack in general. Greenwood is losing out to Ronaldo's shot production, and they don't play well together. They don't pass to each other and Greeny isn't even close to the FPL asset he was before Ronaldo. It's just what the games are showing me.

            • Oneman
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 9 days ago

              I might be mad but how does the following wildcard look:

              McCarthy Ramsdale
              Cancelo Dias Rudiger Alonso (Duffy)
              Salah Raph Saka (Gallagher) (Gilmour)
              Lukaku Antonio ASM

              I'm thinking no TAA might be worth it given pools fixture run

              1. Oneman
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 9 days ago

                £1.8 itb

              2. KunDogan (B.D.)
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Template

              3. CRO KLOPP
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                I have similiar draft,2 city and two Chelsea def,Grealish,A.Armstrong,and 4.5/4.0 GK combo

              4. Bob Vrabkab
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                I like it

                1. Oneman
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Thanks all. Might just hit the button

            • Inazuma X1
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Will Raphinha miss GW8?

            • Sharkytect
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Tuesdays in the world of FPL. Zzzzzzzzz

              1. Qaiss
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                PSG-City and all matches of this quality, surpass anything to do with FPL.

              2. Ógie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                What are you talking about?

                There is some scouting to be done today,Porto vs Liverpool and PSG vs Man City is as box office as you will get on a Tuesday.

              3. Gunneryank
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  But there's European matches with relevance to weekend league action! Compelling football!

              4. Inazuma X1
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Do you think Kane will be benched next game?

                1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Wtf

                2. Bob Vrabkab
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Scarlett knocking on the door and home to Villa, a worthy captain. Captain Scarlett!

                3. Ógie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Can't see Nuno having the balls to pull a stunt like that.

                  It's not just Kane under performing in that team but the weight is been put on his shoulders.

              5. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                This Ajax press is beautiful

                Chelsea, Ajax, Brentford with some lovely pressing so far this season

                1. Gunneryank
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    I do love me some press!

                    Wears out my players on FIFA though.

                2. CRO KLOPP
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Maybe it could be better to save WC,it could be rough if Covid starts to take out players,take a hit or two over next 2-3 weeks

                3. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  will kovacic continue to start?

                4. Ze_Austin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Guess who scored

                  1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Haller the baller!

                5. FFSbet.com
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Would you keep Shaw in this defense or downgrade attack to get Cancelo?

                  A) keep (TAA - Alonso - Shaw - Livramento - Williams)

                  B) downgrade (TAA - Alonso - Cancelo - Livramento - Williams)

                  problem with B is when Alonso or Cancelo are benched got 2x4M to cover and in A Shaw is more sure starter

                6. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Trent out (of Porto game) with groin injury.
                  With Bamford, Shaw and Raph squad is in red. I just need these lads to turn up for one last week before WC