Champions League

The best players to own and captain for UEFA Champions League Fantasy Matchday 4

UEFA Champions League Matchday 4 (MD4) gives us the reverse fixtures from MD3. Whilst this certainly gives a statistical headstart, as all these teams have played each other recently, we need to be careful not to fall into traps of hindsight.

So, here’s a run-through of what you need to know for your UCL Fantasy captains and the player picks ahead of MD4.

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TEAMS TO BACK

REAL MADRID

Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid beat Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 in the reverse leg and it really could have been more. Karim Benzema (10.1m), Vinicius Junior (8.1m) and Rodrygo (7.6m) are starting to work together brilliantly and David Alaba’s (5.6m) El Clasico goal showed that he’s settling nicely in the Spanish capital. Real have good Fantasy options across the park ahead of welcoming the Ukrainians to the Santiago Bernabeu.

MANCHESTER CITY

The English champions swept aside Club Brugge last time and will come into this game angry after their disappointing loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend. Pep Guardiola knows he needs every point he can get in a group with Paris Saint-Germain and he won’t take any risks against this plucky Belgian side. Pep will be particularly keen to shore up defence, having conceded seven goals in their first three UCL games.

CHELSEA

Chelsea have scored eleven goals without reply in their last three Premier League games and Thomas Tuchel’s men visit a Malmo side with the worst record in this season’s UCL. Their defence has only conceded three league goals from ten matches, two of which were penalties, and their own 26 goals is only bettered by Liverpool. Despite the absence of Timo Werner (9.0m) and Romelu Lukaku (10.6m), Chelsea have quality Fantasy options across the pitch and an incredibly kind fixture.

INTER MILAN

MD3 proved that Sheriff weren’t invincible and Inter are constantly improving under Simone Inzaghi. They’re unbeaten in their last four games and will know that Sheriff are there for the taking on MD4. Nico Barella (7.1m) has failed to register a goal or assist in the UCL this season but has six assists and a goal from 11 Serie A appearances

SPORTING LISBON

Sporting have won their last six games in all competitions and swept aside Besiktas during their meeting in Turkey. They now have all key players back to full fitness and should have too much for Sergen Yalcin’s side, who fell to a disappointing 1-0 loss to Hatayspor at the weekend.

CAPTAINCY

TUESDAY 2 NOVEMBER

Captain Sensible: Robert Lewandowski (11.7m)

Lewandowski has scored five UCL goals this season, adding to his 12 Bundesliga goals and one assist from ten games. Since a shock 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on 3rd October, Bayern have won their last five games, scoring 23 goals and conceding three. Despite a slow start to the game, Bayern revved into gear and scored four in the reverse fixture in Lisbon two weeks ago. Lewandowski is an outstanding captaincy choice this week.

Captain Differential (less than 10% owned): Ben Chilwell (5.5m)

Unlike my poor prediction that Marcos Alonso (5.1m) would start last time Chelsea played Malmo, we have a better idea that Chilwell will start this time round. More importantly, we get to see the Chelsea line-up before deadline, meaning there’s only so much trickery Tuchel can produce. Chilwell has scored in three of his last four league games and is a constant penalty box threat. Malmo have comfortably been the poorest side in the competition so far, failing to score yet conceding 11 goals. With a high chance at both scoring and keeping a clean sheet here, Chilwell is a great captaincy option.

WEDNESDAY 3 NOVEMBER

Captain Sensible: Mohamed Salah (10.6m)

Many will pick Benzema in this spot but his domestic form hasn’t been great over the last four games, and he’s finding himself sharing the spotlight with Vinicius Junior more often. The same cannot be said for Salah. The Egyptian King scored twice at the Wanda Metropolitano and has nine goals and four assists during his last six Liverpool matches. Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are obviously a renowned defensive side, but nothing can seem to stop Salah of late.

Captain Differential (less than 10% owned): Riyad Mahrez (9.1m)

Despite his lack of Premier League game time, Mahrez has played every minute of UCL football so far this season. He’s on penalties for Man City when he plays and was brilliant in their 5-1 drubbing of Club Brugge in MD3. Pep will be looking to shake things up after Saturday’s Crystal Palace defeat and Mahrez could provide the spark for another big win.

SPOT THE DIFFERENTIAL

A selection of players who are less than 5% owned to help your team climb the ranks on MD4.

  • Noah Okafor (RB Salzburg – 2% – 5.0m) – Although Wolfsburg are now under new management, it remains to be seen whether that will be enough to turn their fortunes around on the European stage. Florian Kohfeldt, their new head coach, has never coached a UCL or Europa League game before. Starting out-of-position as a striker alongside Karim Adeyemi (7.3m) in their last game, Okafor grabbed a brace and the Player of the Match award. He’s got two goals and two assists in the three games since, across only 191 minutes.
  • Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich – 2% – 9.6m) – When Lewandowski is an option in the Bayern frontline, it’s easy to see how players like Thomas Müller get ignored from a Fantasy standpoint. However, Müller has now registered two goals and five assists in his last three Bundesliga games – form which is almost too good to ignore. Ahead of Benfica’s visit to the Allianz Arena, Müller is an incredible Fantasy differential from a team in brilliant goalscoring form.
  • Denzel Dumfries (Inter Milan – 2% – 5.1m) Anyone who followed this summer’s Euro 2020 saw what Dumfries can do. Despite not yet nailing down his spot in the Inter Milan line-up, the Dutchman has three assists from five starts and grabbed one in the 2-0 weekend win over Udinese. Inter proved that they can beat Sheriff Tiraspol last time out and Dumfries will be key in their attempts to do it again.
  • Pedro Goncalves (Sporting Lisbon – 0% – 8.0m) Despite his campaign so far being marred by injury, Pote – as he’s better known – is Sporting Lisbon’s key attacking piece. His form last season, grabbing 23 goals and four assists in 32 league appearances, shows what he can do and he also got a goal against Besiktas on MD3.
  • Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund – 0% – 8.0m) – Dortmund were beaten by Ajax last time but it’s hard to envision it happening again. With Erling Haaland (11.0m) out injured, Hazard seems to have replaced him up top, grabbing a brace off the bench against Ingolstadt in the Pokal last week and scoring against Köln at the weekend. If Dortmund are to get anything out of this game, Hazard will be involved in it.


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397 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 22 hours ago

    Thoughts on what to do with Azpi? Really need him now only to play this week as GW12 wanted to play Livra anyway and bench him.

    Would you try and keep this week, bench next week and get rid before GW13?

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      I'm torn. i have 1 ft - could easily move him to James and then have the double up with Chilly.
      But feel like I should roll until after the IB. I have plenty of cover if he doesn't play this weekend.

      And 2x transfers after the IB would be great. Plus Azpi could easily play this weekend as a CB still.

      1. Atimis
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Yeah, thinking the same. Yet not 100% confident I want double Che def after GW11, could potentially consider Spurs options or TAA - currently have Azpi/Chilwell/Cancelo with Livra saving me from the bench.

    2. tangtastic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      I think Azpi will still play most games, but he obv he won't get the same attacking output as Chilwell/James.

      If you think Chelsea's fullbacks will continue contributing as they have.

      I think they will, not at the same rate, but enough to make it worth it.

      1. Atimis
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Honestly speaking I'm mostly focused on the GW11 only as described above

  2. gellinmagellan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 22 hours ago

    Hey guys, sorry for the wall of text but need some solid help. I've been playing catch-up lately so need to take hits and get back in the game I suppose. Lack of Chelsea defence hurting atm.

    Sanchez Foster
    Cancelo TAA Livra Coady White
    Salah Saka Havertz Foden Benrhama
    Vardy Antonio Scarlett

    1 FT 0.3 ITB. Only way I get Chilwell/James is

    Vardy > 9.4/9.7 and under
    Coady > Chilwell/James

    1. Who is best forward option for that?
    2. Who out of James/Chilwell?
    3. If I plan for Havertz to Son post IB, then forward should be 7.3 and under. Who?
    4. Anyone else I should be considering instead?

    Thanks for reading!!

    1. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      Planning similar moves, eyeing up Toney for the forward spot and prefer James to Chilwell.

      1. gellinmagellan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Thanks a ton! Makes sense, Toney is always impressive to watch...had him at the start, but hope the FPL points follow too

    2. krawiecus
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Coady --> Chilwell / James. Coady was as close to a goal as to an own goal yesterday. Think about
        Havertz to Son when it comes to it: much can change during IB. But for forward options, it's tough. Under 9.4 easy, but under 9.3 Toney or bust IMO. consider also Benrahma out to help fund a 8.0 forward, under 6.5 mid, and Son.

        1. gellinmagellan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 22 hours ago

          Yeah, Ben also needs to go out asap. But I'm not sure if I should take a -8 this week or next lol. Who are other forward options you're suggesting at higher price points?

          1. krawiecus
              28 days, 22 hours ago

              Dont take a -8. I was giving suggestions for after IB and potentially -4 hit. Also, Benrahma has a pretty good fixture next week haha. Could you do Coady to Chilwell this week, Vardy to Jimenez/Bamford/DCL/Wilson + Havertz to Son next week?

              1. gellinmagellan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                28 days, 22 hours ago

                Ah okay. Can't do Coady to Chilwell this week without downgrading Vardy (or Havertz)...only .3 ITB so need to do that for sure. Would have ideally done post IB but don't think I can go without a Chelsea defender for even one more GW :/

                1. krawiecus
                    28 days, 22 hours ago

                    Oh my bad got it got it... Tough one. Really not sure what I'd do here, probably downgrade benrahma instead of Vardy though. -4 this week. And then next week consider another -4; but things might change and not needed (you could also make one move next week and only get Spurs the week after to save 4 pts).

                    1. gellinmagellan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      28 days, 22 hours ago

                      Yeah pretty all over the place...Leicester playing Leeds doesn't help either...Seems like the most sensible thing would be to not make the Chelsea defender move this week and pray for the best lol. Thanks for the help though!

                      1. Pep bites Kun
                        • 5 Years
                        28 days, 21 hours ago

                        Keep Vardy for Leeds. You'll have 2FT over the IB & can then reassess your position & Son/Kane v Eve. The trade-off is no Che def this week, but you've missed most of those points already. Current def is good enough to cover.

                        1. gellinmagellan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          28 days, 21 hours ago

                          After this discussion, was thinking this was the best way to go ahead too. Thanks a ton for your feedback too 😀 Fingers crossed!

        2. SHOOTER MCGINN
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 22 hours ago

          Gallagher, ESR or Mbuemo?

          Gallagher I like but Palace I don't
          ESR not so convinced, but Arsenal look good
          Mbuemo seems like a wildcard

          1. krawiecus
              28 days, 22 hours ago

              Mbeumo if fit. ESR and Gallagher a bit of a coinflip, look maybe at fixtures and when potentially you need to play them etc.

            • gellinmagellan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 22 hours ago

              Seem pretty even, choose the fixtures. Gallagher possibly?

          2. Yes Ndidi
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 22 hours ago

            So the plan was always to WC12, to catch the Spurs & Palace runs, with decent City & Chelsea fixtures as well, and give myself a means of getting CR7 & Shaw back by 15 for their ridiculously good run. I know its a daft idea to WC before the IB, but I'm looking at my team and not seeing many mouth-watering fixtures there at all this week.

            Kasper (Ward)
            TAA Cancelo Walker (Lowton Livra)
            Mo Foden Gray Jota ESR
            Ant Vardy (Dennis)
            1.1ITB but 0FT

            I'm tempted by a -4 Walker -> Chilly, but now is not the time to WC.....is it?

            1. krawiecus
                28 days, 22 hours ago

                What was your FT is my question... I would not WC this week though, take the -4 you are suggesting if FOMO on Chelsea indeed.

                1. Yes Ndidi
                  • 2 Years
                  28 days, 21 hours ago

                  It was Raph, who was frustrating me, for ESR v Watford, and to catch a 0.2 price swing that evening. Probably not the best move, but hey-ho. Chilly will be in on WC anyway, but its more the fact that at least one of my defenders will be away at Man U or Chelsea. The more I look at it the more I'm just going to ride it out and set up for the next phase. Thanks for the input though.

            2. DycheDycheBaby
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 22 hours ago

              TAA, James, Cancelo, Livramento, and the addition of Chilwell. Is that too much money in defence? 😀

              1. Yes Ndidi
                • 2 Years
                28 days, 21 hours ago

                Not if thats where the points are coming from, and its not like you need the money for premiums up front. I'm probably loading up in defence on WC next week, but I'm seriously considering doing it without Trent.

              2. Pep bites Kun
                • 5 Years
                28 days, 21 hours ago

                It is with TAA. Is the plan to play 4/5 at the back? Nicely balanced def as is. Who are you sacrificing to go Chilwell?

                1. DycheDycheBaby
                  • 6 Years
                  28 days, 19 hours ago

                  Duffy

            3. SMOOTH
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              27 days, 9 hours ago

              should i bring in james for jansson for free?

              i know its a simple question but jansson is one of my subs

              with the move i will be benching one of james, chilwell, foden, antonio, cancelo, mbuemo every week (either voluntarily or forcefully)