Fantasy Champions League
1 year ago
The Champions League Gameweek 3 is knocking on our doors once again third week in a row. Time to enjoy European football a little more before a three-week pause and win some money as FanTeam once again rolled out daily tournaments with very impressive guarantees — 5.000€ for a 2€ buy-in and 30.000€ if you enter a team for 20€.
|Atalanta||Liverpool||Liverpool — win 45%||3.5|
|Man City||Olympiacos||Man City — win 80%||3.5|
|Midtjylland||Ajax||Ajax — win 48%||3.0|
|Porto||Marseille||Porto — win 52%||2.5|
|Real Madrid||Inter||Real Madrid — win 53%||3.0|
|RB Salzburg||Bayern||Bayern — win 71%||4.0|
Once again, I would like to go against the clearest favourite of the slate, Manchester City, and pick Bayern assets. The British side is going to face a very defensive-minded Olympiacos and taking into account the possible attacking rotation from Pep Guardiola (for example, Sterling played 5 full matches in the last 2 weeks), I believe Bayern picks are the most efficient investment of Tuesday.
As for the players concerned, I would take the path of least resistance and draw your attention to those who were rested at the weekend against Koln. Robert Lewandowski is still due an attacking return in the current campaign, while Kingsley Coman has already scored 2 goals against Atletico Madrid. Lucas Hernández is the most active defender of the German team in Bundesliga, 0.71xG+0.65xA, but no returns yet. Why not bank on his assist for Lewandowski’s first goal?
Liverpool kept 2 clean sheets in Champions League but is the worst (!) team in the English Premier League in terms of conceding goals (15 in 7 games). The injuries do not add consistency to the defensive line, while Klopp, according to rumours, is even thinking about moving Robertson to the centre-back position. To make things even worse, they are to face one of the strongest attacks in European football at the moment.
A duo of Duvan Zapata and Alejandro Papu Gómez has 4 goals+3 assists after 2 games. If you do not want to fill 2 of your forward spots with Atalanta strikers, you may pick Josip Ilicic or Ruslan Malinovskiy, depending on who starts the game as very often they substitute each other during games. if Luis Muriel isn't on the pitch, one of the above-mentioned guys can even be charged with taking penalties.
I have the same faith in Midtjylland's attack this week as it was with Ferencvarosz a week ago. The Danes seem to have got used to the Champions League level and after a bad first half against Atalanta, they showed decent football at Anfield. Now they are going to host Ajax who are weakened by the COVID cases - Onana, Tadic, Klaassen and Labyad will miss the game in Denmark.
Dreyer was Midtjylland's ultimate leader in October —he scored 4 goals in all local games and had good chances to score in the Champions League as well. Sory Kaba, the main striker of the team, and Pione Sisto are both a good addition for the attacking stack. I prefer the Guinean forward for his involvement in almost all attacking actions of the Danish club.
Robert Lewandowski (14.6)
The attacking potential of both Man City and Bayern is very high on Tuesday according to bookies, but for me, it is very difficult to single out a particular player in the Man City squad who deserves an armband. Moreover, such a choice is very risky without knowing the starting squad. That's why I am siding with the Polish striker as the main option. In the first two games, Salzburg didn't present themselves as a team who pay a lot of attention to the defense. If you do not do this against Munich, you risk suffering the same fate as Barcelona did a couple of months ago.
Sergio Ramos (8.4)
Our frequent readers will soon start suspecting me of being a Real Madrid fan — hardly did I write an article where I did not mention Ramos or Benzema. Unfortunately, I don't see much better options than Madrid captain once again. It is probably the most important game of the season for Zidane's team against shaky Inter without Lukaku. Real is the third biggest favourite of the slate with good chances for a clean sheet. Well, should I say something about how dangerous Ramos is going forward? You all know this better than I do.
Don't forget to look at the starting squads as all of them will be accessible one hour before the deadline. May the VAR be with your fantasy team!
Sports fan and fantasy sports fanatic. Loves statistics and tries to find the right way of applying it in fantasy sports. Winner of Fanteam Premier League Experience Tournament in 2018.