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The best UCL Fantasy players for Matchday 7

Our in-house expert FPL Reactions (aka Louis) picks out the most appealing assets of Matchday 7 of UEFA Champions League (UCL) Fantasy.

It’s the Champions League version of our Scout Picks, done on a knockout stage budget of €105m.

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UCL FANTASY MATCHDAY 7

GOALKEEPERS

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Real Madrid face RB Leipzig this week, a side who have failed to win any of their last five matches. Because of this, the enabling price tag and the Spanish side’s experience in these latter stages, Andriy Lunin (€4.7m) could be a great option. If he fails to secure a significant return, then David Raya (€5.0m) of Arsenal will step in. The Gunners have maintained one of the best Premier League defences this season and Raya is the most reliable route into it, regarding minutes.

DEFENDERS

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Meanwhile, doubling up on the Manchester City defence should be a top priority. They face Copenhagen – the lowest-ranked side left in the competition. Thankfully, we’ll get to see their line-up before the deadline so, for now, Manual Akanji (€4.9m) and Rico Lewis (€4.9m) both sit as placeholders.

Joining his goalkeeping team-mate is Arsenal’s William Saliba (€5.5m). Similar to Raya, he has very good clean sheet potential this week against Porto and costs €0.5m cheaper than centre-back partner Gabriel Magalhaes. Both colleagues scored a goal at the weekend.

Time to leave England and head across the channel. Paris Saint-Germain have a lovely home fixture against a Real Sociedad side that has failed to score in any of their last four matches in all competitions. As well as offering clean sheet potential, Achraf Hakimi (€6.1m) brings an attacking threat. In fact, the Moroccan has picked up seven attacking returns from 13 Ligue 1 starts so far.

Completing the back line is Ian Maatsen (€4.5m). Dortmund seem to be gaining momentum having won four of their last five outings. They’ve managed the same number of clean sheets in that period. PSV Eindhoven are next for the German side and one route into their defence is new loanee Maatsen. Not only has he started every match since joining but he’s also registered two assists in five appearances.

MIDFIELDERS

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Bayern Munich’s form may have slipped recently but they regularly average more than three goals per game. They also face a Lazio side that is eighth in Serie A. Of course, one of several routes into the Bayern attack is Leroy Sane (€9.1m), in exceptional domestic form with 19 goal contributions in 21 matches.

Inter play on the third day of Matchday 7, one that lacks standout captaincy options. However, it’s still very important that UCL managers have that day covered in regards to the armband and Marcus Thuram (€6.5m) could fit the bill. Categorised as a midfielder in the game, Thuram continues to play as their forward, grabbing 16 attacking returns in this season’s Serie A.

Elsewhere, Man City have won their last 10 matches in all competitions, so investing in their attack could be essential. One player who immediately comes to mind is Phil Foden (€8.1m). The Englishman has been a vital cog for his side not just domestically but in the Champions League too, scoring three goals and creating two in five matches.

Playing on the last night of Matchday 7 is Arsenal, a side with 16 goals in Group B. Therefore, not only should we invest in their attack but they need captaincy consideration. Bukayo Saka (€9.8m) remains a standout option. Not only does Saka take his side’s penalties but he delivered an impressive three double-digit hauls earlier on.

Completing the midfield is PSG’s Warren Zaire-Emery (€5.3m). The 17-year-old collected his own pair of group stage double-digit returns thanks to one goal, two assists and a Player of the Match award. Additionally, his brilliant price tag enables the budget to be used on others.

FORWARDS

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Leading the Bayern attack is Harry Kane (€10.0m). A massive 29 goal contributions in the Bundesliga makes him one of Europe’s most prolific attackers this season – scoring four and assisting three in six Champions League matches.

Another forward that’s maintaining a world-class level of output is Kylian Mbappe (€11.5m). PSG have averaged around three goals over their last 10 matches and enter the Leipzig match in scintillating attacking form. So far this season, Mbappe has notched up 23 goals and four assists throughout Ligue 1 and the Champions League.

Completing the trio is Erling Haaland (€11.7m). The Man City penalty taker and focal point stands out as day one’s best captaincy option, having netted 21 goals over this campaign.

CAPTAINCY

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As mentioned, Matchday 7 provides UCL Fantasy managers with four opportunities to secure a captain they’re happy with. Haaland is recommended against Copenhagen on day one but some could be tempted to instead opt for a Real Madrid attacker against RB Leipzig, a side that failed to keep a clean sheet during the groups.

Now that Jude Bellingham (€7.9m) is injured, forward Vinicius Junior (€11.1m) could be their best option. The Brazilian seems to be in a good run of form, banking three assists and three goals in his last four matches.

The second day’s armband could be a tougher decision between Kane and Mbappe but the latter has the edge due to home advantage. Day three could be tricky too but, for those with Thuram, it shouldn’t be. Some could also try Dortmund striker Niclas Fullkrug (€7.5m) because of his penalties and the five goals and two assists he picked up over his last four matches.

On the final day, it’d be risky to not choose Saka. For those that insist on taking a different route, perhaps centre-backs Gabriel and Saliba could be good options.

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377 Comments Post a Comment
  1. AARON-1
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Play one:
    A Doughty hard double United/Liverpool
    B Estupinan SHEFF UTD away
    C Porro WOLVES home

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      C

      1. AARON-1
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        I'm leaning towards benching Doughty in spite of the double. However, Tottenham and Brighton not keeping clean sheets so I'd need an attacking return from Porro/Estu. They've dried up recently. It's a tricky one

    2. CONNERS
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      I fancy Estu from those.

      Best chance of getting both a CS and attacking return.

    3. Cojones of Destiny
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      A

    4. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      A

  2. SomeoneKnows
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Areola
    Gabriel, TAA*, Doughty
    Saka, KDB, Foden, Garnacho
    Watkins, Haaland, Solanke

    (Turner*, Palmer , Konsa*, Lascelles*) 1 FT + 0.1 itb

    A) Konsa > Van Hecke
    B) Lascelles > Van Hecke
    C) Other ideas?

    1. Cojones of Destiny
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      A

  3. Cojones of Destiny
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    bench:
    a. Watkins (Ful)
    b. Garnacho (Lut)

    1. AARON-1
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Garnacho simply because his returns are very sporadic

    2. Philosopher's Stones
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Starr both, but B if you must

    3. dwain100
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      B

  4. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Thoughts on Robertson minutes in the double? Just back from injury, but Tsimikas is not at full fitness yet I think?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      80 and 10

    2. x.jim.x
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Gomez could easily play one game on the left, especially if Bradley's back by then

  5. slamdunk
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Which one to start?

    A-Garnacho
    B-Watkins

    Many thanks

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      A

    2. x.jim.x
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      B

    3. Cojones of Destiny
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      exact same dilemma , I would play Garnacho iif chasing big time

    4. I Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      B

  6. dshv
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Upgrade jota to salah ??

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      no

    2. x.jim.x
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Like "upgrading" Gusto to Reece James

    3. dwain100
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Not yet

  7. Feanor
    • 15 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Anyone else here do the Bing searches for Microsoft rewards? One of the activities today was:

    "A great goalkeeper - He is one of the best soccer players in the world. Find out more!"

    It went to a Bing search for Jordan Pickford.

    1. x.jim.x
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Technically correct if you deep it

  8. AC/DC AFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Salah back in full training this afternoon?

    Certainly looks like it ...

    https://x.com/LFC/status/1757410077823078674?s=20

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Salah's back baby ...

      Let the games begin!

    2. drughi
      • 14 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      jota and darwin double up doesnt look to good now

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        True dat.

        It could be a bit of a PR boost but he looked to be moving freely.

    3. Now I'm Panicking
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Unless he disguises himself as Harvey *checks notes* ELLIOTT, there's no way I can afford him this week regardless.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        There is this.

        I can go Trent and Jota to Bell and Salah for exact money, 2 FTs.

        It's not straightforward is it ...

        He'll be up in price by tomorrow.

        Might just go early?

    4. Atimis
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Expect a price rise!

    5. Cojones of Destiny
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      second game gainst Luton is 9 days away hmm

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        He will need some match play back in his legs ahead of the League Cup Final against Chelsea on 25th.

        17 and 21 Feb for 80 mins and 60 mins or so looks okay.

        With Trent uncertainty it's certainly tempting but there's no guarantees that he is fine just yet.

    6. Yozzer
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      I may sell Saka just for a dgw if he's starting

      1. Cojones of Destiny
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        hear ya i can do jota to him in one move (been keeping itb for exact this possible scenario)

        1. Yozzer
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          I have to take a hit anyway.

          Trent and Saka out for Salah and Maguire,/Branthwaite easy

          1. Cojones of Destiny
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 8 days ago

            i’d keep saka

    7. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Is that Jota and the youth team players he's with?

      Still a few days before Saturday.

      Time for a decisive play again, me thinks.

      1. Cojones of Destiny
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Alisson, Elliot and youngsters

        1. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          + Robertson, Gakpo

          1. Wild Rover
            • 13 Years
            5 months, 8 days ago

            And Bradley and Jones

  9. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Why was Connor Bradley unavailable last GW?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Compassionate leave.

      His father had passed away.

  10. Kaneyonero
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    VVD, Jota, Nunez. KDB, Foden, Haaland. They're my players for the double. Any other combos? Is this the best combo?

    1. Feanor
      • 15 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Mine are looking like

      Ake (in for TAA)
      Foden, Jota (in for Richarlison)
      Darwin, Haaland

  11. The Mighty Whites
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    1FT, 1.1 ITB:

    Alisson, Areola
    Porro, Walker, Gabriel, Kilman, Konsa
    Saka, Foden, Jota, Gross, Gordon
    Haaland, Watkins, Darwin

    A: Roll
    B: Konsa to Doughty
    C: Konsa to Brentford defender

  12. boc610
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    exact funds for palmer to salah...hmm

  13. The Mantis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Really struggling this week. Concerns over not having enough doublers. I suppose I wait for Trent news and go from there, but not having Jota or KDB is a problem?

    Dub (Areola)
    Porro / TAA* / Saliba (Estu/Baldock*)
    Foden / Gordon / Saka / Rich (Palmer)
    Adebayo / Haaland / Watkins

  14. R.C.
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    I can do TAA + Jota to Bradley + Salah for a -8

    I think it will be worth it.

    1. I Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Jota out for a hit sounds crazy.

    2. boc610
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      lol whut??

    3. NorCal Villan
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Go for it

  15. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Salah certainly back in training- no sign of Trent

    https://x.com/dmlynchlfc/status/1757410689386168710?s=20

  16. Tonyawesome69
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    For folks that are concerned about the number of doublers they have for 25, have a look at the info below.

    The average top100k manager has 4.65 players with double GW25 fixtures, before transfers made after deadline.
    2.5 from City, 1.6 from Liverpool, 0.4 Luton and 0.16 from Brentford. Check all samples and exclude doubtful players here livefpl.net/dgw

    https://twitter.com/LiveFPLnet/status/1756446830118707572?t=taV7uOrg9mJz-KKvJbyWSA&s=19

    1. NorCal Villan
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Thanks, Tonya Wesome69

  17. jack88
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Will salah play both match?

    1. boc610
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      no way he starts both imo

  18. R.C.
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Bradley spotted in training?

  19. boc610
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    trent owners...oof

  20. R.C.
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Salah is going to start both the games now, wont he...

    1. Now I'm Panicking
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      This must be a parody account

      1. Philosopher's Stones
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Any account with a Manchester United grav is quite likely of being a parody account.

        1. Cojones of Destiny
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          lol

  21. R.C.
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Which DGW will be bigger?

    DGW34 or DGW37?

  22. Camzy
    • 14 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    The Salah plan...

    Jota + Porro > Ake + Salah -4

    Not a huge fan of it but if Jota somehow is confirmed out on Saturday morning and Salah confirmed to start... I can see that being a 10:45 transfer special...

    1. kempc23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Jota out? Wait…what?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Well, if Salah starts and Jota doesn't for instance.

        It's thrown it back up in the air with Salah returning to squad training for the final session today.

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Not affordable for most, if I sell Jota for Salah, I must sell TAA for 3.9 def. KdB to Salah and TAA to MCI def is affordable though.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Do the latter then and remember if Jota comes on for 30 mins he's more than capable of scoring.

        Jota is accurate and doesn't need the minutes often enough to score.

    3. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Do you really need a 12.5m player who you are not going to captain and who blanks in 26 anyway? Over a single GW, even with two matches in it, Jota could easily match Salah.

      1. Cojones of Destiny
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        13m to be correct

        1. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          Lol forgot that the price changes are a joke 😀

      2. Camzy
        • 14 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        I'm very unlikely to do this move. I'd need a leak of Salah start and Jota not start for me to do it I think.

    4. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Is Ake "The MCI pick"?

    5. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Yes I'm sure Jota will be out for no reason and Salah - who had a hamstring tear and has a cup final in 12 days - will be rushed back for a game against Brentford. The desperation to get him in in a week like this and before a blank is bizarre

    6. Shark Team
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Imo Salah being back means Jota bandwagon isn't gonna live for a lot more. Nunez can't be dropped cause he gives so much energy in the attack. Diaz Jota will rotate for the left wing and Jota can also be a super sub as he proved a lot of times. If you think Salah outscores Jota this gw even if he starts only one game then do it

  23. Kloppage Time
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Which on to get rid of for Jota?

    a) Palmer: Have a lot invested in him
    b) Richarlison: Better fixtures in GW25 & 27

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Tough one 🙁 I bought Palmer at 4.9 so I will try to find a way to keep him. Annoying that playing 4 defenders this season isn't really working.

      1. Kloppage Time
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        wow 4.9, I got him at 5.1, I´ll most probably make the wrong move and get rid of Palmer and then regret it.

      2. Zladan
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Same. I think it’s easy to bench him over next few weeks.

        With Son back, Rich far less appealing. Will get Son in GW27.

  24. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    DGW options if TAA is out first game minimum:

    A) Ake (CHE, BRE) and Gordon (BOU)

    B) Bradley (bre, LUT) and KDB (CHE, BRE) and - 4 and probably another hit in GW 26 to get XI out

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      B. But maybe skip the defender hit in 26 & play 2 atb? Or else get KDB with a defender that has more use beyond 25?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Budget only stretches to 4.3 which is a shame cause Reguillon would have been good at 4.4

        Perhaps A is the sensible option

    2. Shark Team
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Gomez can start RB now that Robbo is back, so Im not sure about Bradley as a pick, B is much better though bec of KDB

  25. jack88
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    So salah is back then? TC anyone?

  26. Zladan
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    GTG? 108m TV

    Lunin Kobel
    LHernandez CityDef Kim Darmian Saliba
    Saka Bellingham* Foden Sane Zaire-Emery
    Kane Mbappe Haaland

  27. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Sold Salah last gw finally. I noticed that Pool game is first of the next gw so we might get leaks. Hmm, I started thinking if I should have kept him and decide just before dl whether to keep him for the dl but can't do that anymore. Also didn't have Jota who could have gone double digits against Burnley so it was reasonable move (quite late though).

    At least now I am in the same boat as everyone else so in a safer position.

  28. jack88
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Dont panic. Dont think salah will be back right away and after this performance jota wont be benched straight away. They all will share minutes i guess,

    the question is who will get the Most?

  29. Shark Team
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Do you think if we get early team news that Salah starts vs Brentford (game is 12:30), is he a better asset than KDB for this DGW?

    1. DaisyDaisyDaisyDaisy
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      He won't start people are wetting themselves as usual...Klopp ain't that stupid with how he treats his players coming back from injury...

      1. Shark Team
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        I think the same, he gets 30 vs Brentford and full game vs Luton to build fitness for the final, mins could be reversed though

        1. DaisyDaisyDaisyDaisy
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          More like 15-20 and 60 odd I'd reckon. He can of course still do a lot of damage but so can the other Pool attackers

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 8 days ago

            Cup final 4 days after Luton. No point for Klopp to hurry him in, 0-20 + 25ish is my guess.

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Should that happen, KdB to Salah and Trent to Ake is my current plan.