Champions League

UCL Fantasy: What to expect from Wednesday’s matches and Tuesday’s review

Matchday 2 of UEFA Champions League Fantasy got underway on Tuesday but managers still have the opportunity to make changes to their teams, be it via the captaincy or by bringing in a substitute or two.

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There are eight more games this evening, so it’s time to take a look at what we learned from last night’s fixtures – including a shock defeat for Real Madrid – and what to expect from tonight’s matches. 

You can read our suggestions for Wednesday captaincy, differentials and teams to target/avoid in our first UCL Fantasy piece of the week.

WHAT WE LEARNED FROM LAST NIGHT’S FIXTURES

UCL Fantasy: What to expect from Wednesday's matches and Tuesday review 1
Inter Milan continue to struggle on Europe’s biggest stage

The reigning Serie A champions struggled in last season’s Champions League under Antonio Conte and these problems seem to be continuing into 2021/22 under Simone Inzaghi. They were passed off the pitch by a Shakhtar Donetsk side that lost 3-0 to Sheriff Tiraspol last time out; 34% possession and two shots on target isn’t good enough for a side of this quality and, as with last season, there’s a clear disparity between their domestic and European performances. Even with two games against Sheriff coming up, I’m not sure we can trust this Inter side to produce reliable Fantasy assets. 

We have to stop calling Sheriff Tiraspol ‘the Moldovan minnows’

What odds could we have got on Sheriff winning their first two proper UCL games? Whilst averaging 24.5% possession over two fixtures doesn’t seem like a sustainable way to win matches, it seems to be working for Sheriff. Whilst their victory over Shakhtar was impressive, beating an in-form Real Madrid side at the Bernabeu was nothing short of shocking. We have to start considering their players as genuine Fantasy options ahead of a double-header against an underperforming Inter Milan outfit. 

RB Leipzig still have a lot of work to do under Jesse Marsch

Winning 6-0 against Hertha Berlin at the weekend and then losing 2-1 to Club Brugge three days later is a perfect example of how inconsistent RB Leipzig have been under Jesse Marsch so far. Christopher Nkunku (€7.5m) notched a brace at the weekend and has scored all four of Leipzig’s 2021/22 UCL goals, but they look clueless at the back and poor going forward if Nkunku isn’t involved. Ahead of two games against a scarily impressive PSG side, RBL could find themselves out of knock-out contention very early on. Avoid ‘die Roten Bullen’ at all costs.

This might be PSG’s year

They didn’t have to be overly impressive in doing it, but by beating Manchester City, PSG have vanquished their conquerors from last season. Lionel Messi (€11.0m) is finally on the scoresheet in navy blue and this side really seems to be coming together under Mauricio Pochettino. Their 2-0 win proves that they can beat the big boys when needed.

Mohamed Salah is inevitable

Mohamed Salah (€10.5m) remains one of the most underappreciated talents in world football and one of the best Fantasy assets in any competition he plays in. Liverpool are looking as impressive as ever going forward under Jürgen Klopp and even with two games against Atletico Madrid coming up, Salah is still a great Fantasy option. 

Dortmund aren’t the same side without Haaland

Three shots on target against Sporting Lisbon and none against Gladbach at the weekend shows just how important Erling Haaland (€11.0m) is to this Borussia Dortmund side. If he doesn’t play, their Fantasy assets simply aren’t as good. 

What to expect on Wednesday night

UCL Fantasy: What to expect from Wednesday's matches and Tuesday review
Atalanta and Zenit to sweep aside opposition in the early kick-offs

These are two sides who are traditionally hard to beat in Europe and tonight’s two early kick-offs should be no different. Artem Dzyuba (€8.0m), Claudinho (€6.0m), Robin Gosens (€5.5m) and Duvan Zapata (€9.5m) are all primed for big performances. 

Chelsea to return to winning ways

Juventus are in poor form and struggling with injuries, whereas Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea will be hurting after their weekend loss to Manchester City and keen to get back to winning ways as soon as possible. Expect a clinic from the European champions in Turin. 

Manchester United to struggle against Villarreal once again

Poor recent results suggest that Manchester United are still in no position to get past the side who beat them in last season’s Europa League final. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has struggled tactically of late and there seems to be something missing from United’s displays. Don’t expect big performances from Cristiano Ronaldo (€11.0m), Bruno Fernandes (€10.5m) or their leaky defence. 

Barcelona could suffer second UCL loss in a row

Benfica are top of the Liga Bwin and haven’t lost a game since May. They host a Barcelona side who are seriously struggling at the moment and Luuk de Jong (€7.5m) is expected to lead the line for Ronald Koeman’s men. Barcelona could finish tonight with no points from two UCL games. 

Sevilla and Wolfsburg to play out low-scoring affair

Neither of these sides have averaged two goals a game in their respective leagues this season and have both built strong starts based off their defences. This is likely to be a tight game that could well end 0-0. 

Bayern Munich to continue impressive run of form

Bayern have been terrifyingly good under Julian Nagelsmann and should continue that form this evening as Dynamo Kyiv visit the Allianz Arena. It’s a tough enough game to expect the Germans to field a strong line-up and, after Kyiv’s 3-0 loss to Shakhtar in midweek, Bayern could make an example of the Ukrainians.

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  1. WALOR
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    21 days, 1 hour ago

    I foolishly bought Van de Beek for UCL fantasy when I saw him in the lineup Matchday 1.
    No real chance that he'll start today, is there?

    1. AC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      21 days, 1 hour ago

      It’s a long shot he starts.

      1. WALOR
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        21 days, 1 hour ago

        Didn't see the match, but assume he did not excel since taken off at the half.
        With Villareal a must-win, seems less-likely to get another start.
        He's gonna remain on my bench.

        1. Tomerick
          • 7 Years
          21 days, 38 mins ago

          He was taken off due to Wan-Bissaka’s red card.

  2. Abaddon
    • 7 Years
    21 days, 1 hour ago

    Sanchez - Steele
    TAA, white, veltman, shaw, livramento
    Raph, Salah, Sarr, Grealish, Allan
    CR7, Ings, Antonio

    2ft.

    Taa and shaw to rudiger and alonso? Wc over the international break

    1. Shah G
      • 8 Years
      21 days, 1 hour ago

      Yes, good moves..

    2. WALOR
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      21 days, 1 hour ago

      I would, if I had the extra FT.
      Already got in Rudiger for Shaw.

      1. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        21 days, 1 hour ago

        keep TAA?

    3. t4thomas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      21 days, 1 hour ago

      yeah, probably.

    4. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      21 days, 1 hour ago

      I’d do Taa to Alonso and then grealish to a 1 week punt I think

  3. jammie26
      21 days, 1 hour ago

      Martinez
      Alonso, Tierney, Lowton
      Salah, Benrahma, Greenwood, ESR
      Antonio, Jimenez, Lukaku

      GTG?

      1. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        21 days, 1 hour ago

        yeah think so

      2. WALOR
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        21 days, 1 hour ago

        Looks good.
        Captain?
        I'm on Lukaku, but considering Antonio.

        1. jammie26
            21 days, 1 hour ago

            On Lukaku, considering Alonso.

            1. WALOR
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              21 days, 1 hour ago

              Saucy

      3. Strchld
        • 5 Years
        21 days, 1 hour ago

        One gameweek punt before WC.

        A) Torres >> Saka/Sarr
        B) Jota > Saka/Sarr
        C) Torres and Jota >> Saka and Sarr -4.

        Cant see them starting, but dont like hits before WC too.

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          21 days, 1 hour ago

          any of them can be gold..

          1. Strchld
            • 5 Years
            21 days, 1 hour ago

            Or going totally wrong..

            1. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              21 days, 1 hour ago

              Yes could easily. Jota to Sarr I wouldn't be surprised if Bobby starts after scoring a brace from the bench last night.

      4. SPFC
        • 6 Years
        21 days, 1 hour ago

        UCL Fantasy: Should I swap Bellingham's 5 points for Malinovskyi?

        1. mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          21 days, 1 hour ago

          Go for it. Have malinovskyi too & think Atlanta could score 3+.
          Do you think I should sub in Alonso for Bellingham? Juve depleted attack; could haul..? Or could be benched?

          1. SPFC
            • 6 Years
            21 days, 1 hour ago

            I wouldn't trade it because the chances of a return attack aren't that great. At best you would have 8 points

        2. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          21 days, 52 mins ago

          I personally don't sub out anyone with 4+ points, except if the person being subbed in is primed for a haul. Mali is a set pieces specialist (think JWP in FPL), not a rampaging bull asset like Belli, Haller or Nkunku

          Is 5 points your worst outfield performer from Tuesday? Then you might be okay with just a cap change

          I subbed Grealish, Alaba and Courtois out for Davies, Azpi and Bounou

      5. McPollolocco
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        21 days, 1 hour ago

        Sanchez - Steele
        TAA - Shaw - Tierney - Marcal - Livramento
        Salah - Sarr - Greenwood - Gray - Raphinha
        Lukaku - Armstrong - Jimenez

        should i do this? Have 2FT
        - Sanchez --> Ramsdale
        - Shaw --> Christenesen

        Then in gw8 wildcard?

      6. How I met your Mata
        • 6 Years
        21 days, 1 hour ago

        Any alternatives?? Or are we G2G??

        Ederson Foster
        Christensen Rudigar Cancelo Coady Manquillo
        Raph Salah Grealish Gallagher Doucoure
        Jimi Lukaku Antonio

        1. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          21 days, 1 hour ago

          Looks good but it's going to give you benching headaches. If on WC I'd downgrade Doucoure to Luiz, to fund Christensen to Alonso and Manquillo to Duffy.

      7. King Huth
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        21 days, 1 hour ago

        On WC...

        A. Gallagher Saka

        B. ESR Raphina

        thanks!

        1. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          21 days, 1 hour ago

          B once Raph is available.

          1. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            21 days, 1 hour ago

            Raphinha isn't available?

            1. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              21 days, 58 mins ago

              I meant as long as he's available, which as far as we know he is.

        2. WALOR
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          21 days, 1 hour ago

          Gallagher looking pretty good, but can't look past Raph

      8. OLA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        21 days, 1 hour ago

        Just cant choose two of Gosens, Aspi and Malinovskiy.

        One should stay on the bench. Any ideas?

        1. WALOR
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          21 days, 56 mins ago

          Azpi on bench

      9. Daniyal
        • 9 Years
        21 days, 1 hour ago

        shaw + torres + traore --> ben white + sissoko + son (2FT + -4)
        DONE

        knee jerky but oh well
        initial plan was to keep traore and do bamford to lukaku but his price drop made my knee jerky xD
        probably gonna cap Son in GW8 vs NewCastle maybe it makes up for it then

      10. YoungPretender
        • 6 Years
        21 days, 1 hour ago

        Any of these -8’s worth it?

        A) Ronaldo, Bamford & Shaw > Lukaku, Aubameyang & Christensen
        B) TAA, Jota & Bamford > Alonso, Saka & Lukaku

      11. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        21 days, 1 hour ago

        CL Fantasy. Have Baku from Wolfsburg playing. Play:

        A) Rousillon (Wolfsburg) vs Sevilla
        B) Grimaldo (Benfica) vs Barca

        1. WALOR
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          21 days, 1 hour ago

          Coin toss, but would go with Rousillon

        2. Lieutenant H
            21 days, 1 hour ago

            Wolfsburg are strong defensively while En Nesyri will not play for Sevilla, I expecting Barca to score so all signs are toward Rousillon.

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 5 Years
              21 days, 59 mins ago

              Valid points. Thanks. Always worried about a defensive double up.

        3. Paddy Gooner
          • 5 Years
          21 days, 1 hour ago

          So with Trent not playing, does that mean Tsimi likely to start?

          1. WALOR
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            21 days, 1 hour ago

            I sure do hope so, otherwise I will have 2 defenders this week.

          2. potatoace
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            21 days, 58 mins ago

            I think it will be milner

          3. Weak Become Heros
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            21 days, 57 mins ago

            Milner at RB mate

          4. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            21 days, 56 mins ago

            Possibly but Milner and Gomez are also options.

          5. FourLokoLeipzig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            21 days, 54 mins ago

            Highly unlikely, I’d say. Probably Milner, and I’d still expect Williams and Gomez to be ahead of Tsimi at RB

          6. King Huth
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            21 days, 53 mins ago

            milner

          7. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            21 days, 48 mins ago

            At left back, it's currently Trent > Milner > Gomez > Robbo (hence Tsimi at LB)

            1. Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              21 days, 47 mins ago

              Ugh.

              *At right back, it's currently...

              Pardon me

        4. Messiah Hazard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          21 days, 1 hour ago

          UCL fantasy: play 2 of Baku, D. Carlos and Kristensen

          1. WALOR
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            21 days, 1 hour ago

            Baku Carlos

        5. OLA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          21 days, 59 mins ago

          UCL fantasy: Malinovskiy or Azpilicueta?

          1. Weak Become Heros
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            21 days, 57 mins ago

            Az

          2. WALOR
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            21 days, 57 mins ago

            Malinovskiy

        6. Weak Become Heros
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          21 days, 58 mins ago

          Best outcome for Alonso to start at the weekend based on tonights game?

          For me, Juve game will put out his best XI. Id want Alonso to start and have a blinder to secure himself for the weekend. Chilly to be used in Malmo and league cup games.

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 6 Years
            21 days, 56 mins ago

            if Alonso starts tonight surely he doesn't at the weekend - he is super fit but seems unnecessary to play him in 3 games in 8 days

            1. dshv
              • 4 Years
              21 days, 54 mins ago

              If alonso doesn’t starts tonight i will hit thr WC button!!

            2. Weak Become Heros
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              21 days, 53 mins ago

              Would you then punt on Chilly as a one week transfer before WC in 8? Im not sure sure.

              1. SADIO SANÉ
                • 6 Years
                21 days, 51 mins ago

                probably not, maybe someone will get a niggle tonight to make it clearer

            3. maglia rosa
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              21 days, 51 mins ago

              Am I correct in thinking Sadio that if say Rudiger or Azpi start tonight then they are less likely to be mentioned as a rotation risk because wingback’s tend to get rotated more due to the specifics of legging it up and down the wing all game?

              1. GreennRed
                • 10 Years
                21 days, 47 mins ago

                They're less likely to be rotated because they're quality and experienced. Azpi could end up at RWB in James' absence with Christensen, Silva and Rudiger at the back and Alonso LWB.

                1. maglia rosa
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  21 days, 44 mins ago

                  Thanks for your reply GR…..so would it be fair to say that Christensen is an improved option with James struggling with his ankle?

                  1. Ze_Austin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    21 days, 42 mins ago

                    Reece isn't out long enough for this to be a viable factor for Chelsea's long run

                    According to Tuchel, it's down to pain management now. That could be as soon as GW8, if I may be allowed to guess

                    1. maglia rosa
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      21 days, 42 mins ago

                      Cheers Ze Austin

                  2. GreennRed
                    • 10 Years
                    21 days, 39 mins ago

                    When James is fit Christensen will rotate at times with Silva bit should get a lot more gametime than him.

                    1. maglia rosa
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      21 days, 37 mins ago

                      Cheers GR 😛

              2. SADIO SANÉ
                • 6 Years
                21 days, 45 mins ago

                I guess so yeah, but Azpi has CHO and Chalobah competing for RWB/RCB at the weekend - Rudiger seems nailed but I wouldn't even rule out Christensen playing instead of him at LCB at some point (he's done it for Denmark) who knows when - honestly anything could happen

                1. Ze_Austin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  21 days, 44 mins ago

                  Yeah. I think "nailed" for Tuchel is more of this mildly uncertain 9/10 than the 10/10 of, say, VVD or TAA

                  1. SADIO SANÉ
                    • 6 Years
                    21 days, 41 mins ago

                    yeah, long term I see no issue whatsoever with someone Rudiger/Azpi but on a one-off pre-WC punt people could get unlucky

                    1. Ze_Austin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      21 days, 39 mins ago

                      True, true

                      The thing with Chelsea defence is that if you get one now, it's most likely for a while (some players have to stay on your wildcard anyway), so I'd suggest prioritising the long holds, except if the problem is funds

                      1. SADIO SANÉ
                        • 6 Years
                        21 days, 31 mins ago

                        yeah true - I already have Alonso and can technically get any other this week, but think I'm gonna get Semedo instead as I'm WC'ing next week

          2. King Huth
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            21 days, 53 mins ago

            no one knw...

          3. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            21 days, 47 mins ago

            With international break ahead I think Alonso starts at weekend irrespective of tonight unless has absolute howler.

        7. King Huth
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          21 days, 54 mins ago

          What the best combo mid for 12.0

          so many options...

        8. Amartey Partey
          • 2 Years
          21 days, 51 mins ago

          Who to start?

          A. Duffy (ARS)
          B. Cancelo (liv)

          1. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            21 days, 49 mins ago

            Cancelo

          2. I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            21 days, 48 mins ago

            B

        9. Ronnies
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          21 days, 51 mins ago

          Both poor options, but who would u play this Gameweek ?

          A) Livramento - Chelsea away
          B) B. Williams - Burnley away

          Cheers.

          1. I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            21 days, 48 mins ago

            A

          2. Gomolon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            21 days, 40 mins ago

            B

        10. C_G
          • 6 Years
          21 days, 50 mins ago

          should I get rid of shaw for Alonso/Rudi

          1. kysersosa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            21 days, 46 mins ago

            Yes

        11. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          21 days, 47 mins ago

          Alonso and Chilwell should be made to fight it out in the UFC octagon this week, until only one of them can exit using their own legs.

        12. The Red Devil
          • 6 Years
          21 days, 47 mins ago

          UCL Fantasy
          would you sub out Haller for Navas? too risky right?

        13. kysersosa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          21 days, 45 mins ago

          On a WC. What Arsenal cover would you get:

          A) Saka
          B) Smith Rowe
          C) White
          D) None
          E) Other

          TIA

          1. Del Griffith
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            21 days, 41 mins ago

            White and Saka

          2. Alan The Llama
            • 11 Years
            21 days, 41 mins ago

            A or Ramsdale

          3. Zilla
            • 4 Years
            21 days, 32 mins ago

            Ramsdale maybe

        14. C_G
          • 6 Years
          21 days, 45 mins ago

          Alonso or Rudi in? pls help.

          1. Del Griffith
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            21 days, 42 mins ago

            Alonso if your a Maverick, if not Rudi

        15. The Frenchie
          • 5 Years
          21 days, 32 mins ago

          Why everybody only consider Alonso and Rudiger?

          I’m ok for Alonso but instead of Rudiger (5.7) Thiago Silva (5.4) or Christensen (5.0) could be cheaper options no?

        16. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          21 days, 32 mins ago

          Don't like the risk of Alonso not starting...

        17. DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          20 days, 22 hours ago

          Need to sell Shaw, Williams to come in for TAA 🙁