Champions League

The best players to own and captain for UEFA Champions League Fantasy Matchday 3

The UEFA Champions League is back after a three-week break and there are some massive ties lying ahead.

So, here’s a run-through of what you need to know for your UCL Fantasy captains and the player picks ahead of Matchday 3 (MD3).

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TEAMS TO BACK

CHELSEA

Malmo have scored none, conceded seven and looked thoroughly underwhelming throughout the first two UCL Matchdays. Whilst Thomas Tuchel will play a rotated side, he’s aware that they need three points after the loss to Juventus and we should still see some serious firepower on the pitch. This could be a great game for Kai Havertz (9.0m), Marcos Alonso (5.0m) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (6.0m) to really prove their worth.

BAYERN MUNICH

Bayern’s first-half drubbing of Bayer Leverkusen was one of the most impressive halves of football I’ve seen. They’re averaging nearly four goals per game in the Bundesliga and have scored eight in their first two UCL games this season. Benfica are a solid side but so were Leverkusen before Bayern came to town. Julian Nagelsmann’s side is dripping with attacking quality and any of Robert Lewandowski (11.6m), Thomas Müller (9.5m), Serge Gnabry (10.0m), Leroy Sane (9.0m) and Joshua Kimmich (6.5m) could be considered essential picks in their own right.

RB SALZBURG

Salzburg have impressed in the UCL so far and Wolfsburg are now on six competitive games without a win under Mark van Bommel. Karim Adeyemi (7.1m) is clearly the star but Brendan Aaronson (5.5m), Noah Okafor (5.0m), Rasmus Kristensen (4.5m) and Maximilian Wöber (4.0m) are all also strong picks in their own right. With star striker Wout Weghorst (8.0m) ruled out, Wolfsburg will be on the back foot from the get-go.

PSG

Leipzig have crumbled at every sign of pressure or stiff competition so far this season, which bodes well for Mauricio Pochettino’s men. With Nuno Mendes (4.5m) and Achraf Hakimi (6.5m) at full-back, then Kylian Mbappe (10.5m) and Lionel Messi (11.0m) up front, PSG could rout die Roten Bullen.

BARCELONA

I didn’t think I’d include Barcelona in this list at all this season but I was impressed by their weekend win over Valencia. The return of Ansu Fati (7.5m) and emergence of Gavi (5.0m) has rejuvenated the Blaugrauna and they’ll be hoping to build on their win with the visit of a Dynamo Kyiv side which Bayern Munich put five past on MD2.

CAPTAINCY

TUESDAY 19 OCTOBER

Captain Sensible: Kylian Mbappe

PSG proved their quality against Manchester City on MD2 and now face an RB Leipzig who have seriously struggled against decent opposition so far this season. Mbappe has an assist in both UCL games this season and has five goals and four assists in the league. He’s fresh from a goal and an assist against Angers at the weekend and is in better form than Messi on the other wing.

Captain Differential (less than 10% owned): Lautaro Martinez (10m)

I’m loathe to continue underestimating Sheriff Tiraspol but something has to give at some point. Lautaro Martinez has five goals in six Serie A starts and is on penalties for an Inter Milan side who desperately need a win to kick-start their UCL campaign. With just 1% ownership and very few ‘great’ fixtures this week, he could be the perfect differential.

WEDNESDAY 20 OCTOBER

Captain Sensible: Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski is a goalscoring machine from the most in-form side in world football. He grabbed braces on MD1 and MD2, with nine goals from eight Bundesliga games this season. Regardless of fixture, Lewandowski can score big and he could well add another brace against Benfica on Wednesday.

Captain Differential (less than 10% owned): Kai Havertz

Expect wholesale changes from Tuchel ahead of Malmo’s visit. Havertz has struggled for form and starts this season but this presents a perfect opportunity for him to both start and prove his worth to this Chelsea side.

SPOT THE DIFFERENTIAL

A selection of players who are less than 5% owned to help your team climb the ranks on MD3.

  • Arnaut Groeneveld (Villarreal – 1% – 6.0m) – Groeneveld, or Danjuma as he’s more commonly known, has a goal and an assist from his first two UCL appearances and has four goals in his last six La Liga games, including a brace against Real Betis. Facing Young Boys, the former Bournemouth man is a great differential option for your team, despite Villarreal’s poor domestic form.
  • Karim Adeyemi (RB Salzburg – 4% – 7.1m) – Adeyemi is in searing form and is reportedly in talks with both Bayern and Dortmund over a move back to the Bundesliga. He’s the third highest scoring player in UCL Fantasy so far and is against a Wolfsburg side in dreadful form. He has 8 goals and an assist from 10 Austrian Bundesliga games and is somehow still only 4% owned.
  • Ansu Fati (Barcelona – 2% – 7.5m) – Fati is a special talent and finally back to full fitness after a long lay-off. He’s got two goals in just 94 minutes of football since returning and started his first game of the season in the weekend win over Valencia. Dynamo Kyiv don’t present overly tough opposition for a Barcelona side that seem to be re-finding their feet and Fati could star.
  • Marcos Alonso (Chelsea – 5% – 5.0m) – Predicting Tuchel’s wing-back rotation is a risky game but I back Alonso to start at home to Malmo, in theoretically the easiest game of Chelsea’s group stage. Ben Chilwell (5.5m) started and starred at the weekend and will likely be saved for the league. Despite putting in some less than impressive performances of late, Alonso should get the nod and do well against the minnows of Group H.
  • Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich – 1% – 10.0m) – As with the entire Bayern team, Gnabry’s performance levels have elevated under Julian Nagelsmann. The German winger got his second brace of the season against Leverkusen on Sunday and now has five goals in eight league games for 2021/22. Bayern are steamrolling everything in front of them (except Kevin Trapp) and, despite Benfica’s current good form, this game should be no different.

365 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Looks pretty much City’s strongest XI

    1. Kellz86
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Took Jesus as a differential on WC, not popular move but liking the chances he starts vs BHA

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Jesus seems to be starting most league games when available or featuring.

        Mahrez preferred in the Champions League.

        Massive squad so Pep can do as he pleases. Except an out and out 9.

        1. Kellz86
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          I wonder if Jesus simply doesn’t want to play as a full 9 or if Pep just doesn’t rate him there. Surely he was supposed to be the understudy to Aguero when frost brought in

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Jesus is a 9 by trade but clearly does not work out as a CF in Pep's system otherwise he would be playing down the middle.

            1. Gunneryank
                1 month, 18 days ago

                I read somewhere he said he likes playing out wide? I think?

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              There was an interview where Jesus said he was now more versatile as a striker and a winger. He seemed a bit surprised by it but said he enjoyed playing for the team.

              So i guess it's all on Pep but he can offer a lot.

              I'm not convinced that Grealish is in the false 9 groove but they all seem to rotate.

              I think they'll miss Torres and end product leading the line.

              But KDB and Gundogan will help when back and Sterling still to score a few.

            3. pingissimus
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Actually displaced Aguero there briefly and competed as a 9 with him for a while but as AC/DC says he's been "reformed".

              Think Pep just doesn't like strikers at heart and can't resist converting everyone into some form of mid.

            4. St Pauli Walnuts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              He was young when he first arrived, players adapt. He's been playing on the wing for Brazil for a few season now and as a City season ticket holder, IMO he is way more effective as a wide forward than in the middle.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/24265253

      Bench needs to be ready GW9.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Formation isn’t the problem it’s the personnel

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          If Tuchel switches to a back 4 I will skip owning any CHE defence other than Rudiger.

          1. Gunneryank
              1 month, 18 days ago

              I think he's gonna be my only Chelsea player full stop.

            • SHOWSTOPPERRR
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              I guess Rudiger is good when he plays one of the three at the back. He seems to be not good playing in a back 4. Chel fans comment is this.

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                So Christensen and Silva the CB's?

        2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Again what is the need of doing that when the results are coming?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            They got absolutely battered by Brentford. If it was 5-1 it would have been a fair result.

            1. Smelbow
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Seriously?

            2. BigRedDog
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              I'd say 2-2 more like haha

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Been playing poorly and getting lucky recently

      2. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Current WC draft. Yay or nay?

        Raya, Sanchez
        Trent, Cancelo, Livra, Rudiger, 4.4
        Salah, Foden, Mbeumo, Raphinha, Brownhill
        Lukaku, Antonio, Toney

        1. EL tridente
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Looks good!
          Do you plan to get Son in the nearest future?

          1. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Indeed. Not entirely sure how yet, but I would like him in.

        2. Deer-in-headlights
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          You might consider Sanchez to Foster as Raya should be enough given their fixtures.

      3. CABAYE4
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Now the dust has settled, wanted to ask if people thought there were any lessons to learn from Son-gate.

        My personal tale of woe is that selling Son at 10:55 cost me 13 points… now I made a bad call on results but in the same circumstance should I do the same again?

        A. Ignore Twitter team news on Saturdays even when well circulated
        B. Write this off as a fluke and use any information as more often than not it will pay off

        Any thoughts?

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Lost 15 pts here from it too. Still B easily

        2. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          B just ignore it when it comes to Son.

        3. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          That son news was true right? Also the cr7 benching case. Many of us captained him without knowing or trusting that he is benched. And those aware of the benching switched the armband even though cr7 's rival caotains failed. So it is worth searching around twitter on Saturdays imo.

        4. Gunneryank
            1 month, 18 days ago

            B.

            I use a philosophy when it comes to gaming in general that goes like this: be process oriented, not results oriented. You have to have an honest and rigorous examination of what your decision making process is, but if it's sound, stick with it.

            I bought Dias right before the deadline because it was a sound decision. Didn't work out. But ultimately, will it yield results? Probably.

            Assuming credible data, it was reasonable to sell Son because you were using information you had on hand. Using that information usually helps guide your team choices for better scores, no?

            1. CABAYE4
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              This is the approach I have always taken to the game.

              More and more now though there is lots more information available, some of which is credible but harder to verify that it is. Makes things more difficult.

          • DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Ignore everyone pal. Make your own decisions based off what you see. You can’t blame anybody then. If you see a rumour at 10:55 and choose to believe it then that’s on you I’m afraid.

            1. CABAYE4
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Everyone uses some information - whilst you make your own decisions everyone chooses to rely on information of some sort.

              Ultimately our call I agree, but each player needs to decide what information they’re going to use.

          • CABAYE4
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Thanks all

          • Firminoooo
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Lost 27points on my last minute Son to Mahrez(C) move on WC. One of my worst ever last minute transfers.

            1. Firminoooo
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Still a good move. Mahrez(almost 100% to start) home vs Burnley, with Son probably out. Had to captain over Salah away vs Watford with new manager.

        5. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Jesus seems to be the most nailed on City attacking asset for PL.

          Not like Mahrez is getting any Pep love down the right except for CL matches.

          1. DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Lol. ‘Nailed’ is not a word i associate man city attackers. Outside Dias, Ederson nobodys safe

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Go have a look at Marhez's minutes. Who else plays down RW for City in PL?

            2. Kellz86
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Even Dias got the odd benching, Ederson is the only lock (international duty reasons excluded)

          2. Shark
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I am considering him with DCL and dropping Ron and Rom. It would enable me to have Mane I'm midfield. Despite Rom's fixture, I think the latter combo will be better value.

        6. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          So Foden & Grealish both starting tonight suggests that Lukaku will be rested this weekend but there is hope for Alonso.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I don’t follow

            1. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Just cracking the Peps & Tuchel roulette for folks here, easy peasy.
              Conscious there will be hundreds of questions about who will start for both team.

          2. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Are you still scared? 😀

            1. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Yes 🙁
              On top of that I hear voices now...

          3. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Exactly.

            1. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              It's really obvious, isn't it.

          4. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I understand.

            1. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Good horsey.

          5. Boxwoods
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Wut?

            1. mynameisq
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              He's making a joke about people trying to predict rotation based on who plays, and has exaggerated it to include both teams and managers, #Lampoonery

          6. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Pep and Tuchel are sharing beds.

        7. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Doucoure replacement:

          A) Gallagher
          B) Mbeumo

          1. DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Easy B

          2. Gunneryank
              1 month, 18 days ago

              B

          3. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Any chance a Armstrong starts v burnley ? Thanks 🙂

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              A chance cause Broja looked to have picked up a knock

            2. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Doubt it unless Broja is injured. Might do Armstrong > Broja, might ignore Southampton, might just permanently bench arsmtrong and forget I ever bought him

            3. Ross Geller
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              We have no idea. Wait for presser and hope that Hasenhuttl gives us any useful info

          4. TKC07
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Any idea why Stones is missing in City UCL squad today?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Played three games in a row

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                So who to pick, Dias or Laporte lol.

          5. daitheboot
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            So that he can start v Brighton?

          6. pundit of punts
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            KDB > Son sounds good this gw? Gives me -

            Ramsdale
            TAA - Dias - James - Livramento
            Salah - Son - Foden - ESR
            Lukaku - Hwang

            Foster - Armstrong - Manquillo - Brownhill

            KDB was always the Son placeholder on WC. Moreover, I’d need to downgrade next gw anyway to fund ESR > Raphinha.

            Would also leave me enough cash to do Armstrong > Toney in gw 11.

            Thoughts? 🙂

          7. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Trent still the best attacking defensive asset to own in FPL. No other player in his price range can put him to bed. He will even take on premium forwards full stop.

          8. Bobby Digital
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Not a fan of this City kit

          9. 3 Girls 1 Schlupp
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            When did Doucoure get injured? Just checked my team and Doucoure is flagged.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Late on in Hammers game

              1. 3 Girls 1 Schlupp
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Ok, how serious is it? Long term injury?

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  See the tweet here

          10. Firminoooo
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Nightmare WC played last GW. What is my best move for next GW?

            Ramsdale
            Cancelo James TAA
            Mahrez Foden Salah Mbuemo
            Hwang Antonio Lukaku

            Bench: Livramento, Normann, Duffy, Foster

            Thinking Mahrez to Raphinha.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              You didn't pick this squad just for GW8.

              1. Firminoooo
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Punted on Mahrez(C) over Son. Did not turn out well. My plan was Mahrez to Raphinha this GW.

          11. PartyTime
              1 month, 18 days ago

              lolkaku gonna blank this weekend too?

            • Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              CANCELOOOO!!

              1. mynameisq
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Alonso-esque positioning

              2. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Assist Foden - great pass from deep False 9 position to player highest up the pitch - the left back.

              3. PartyTime
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Should have done this in gw8

              4. Mooster©️
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Play Rashford or Alex Sandro?

                1. Gunneryank
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Post on the current article. And neither yet for me.

                    1. Mooster©️
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      Ok:)