With Matchday 1 of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League simply across the nook, UEFA.com examines among the hottest alternatives amongst #UCLfantasy managers, alongside these sparsely-owned gamers who may emerge from beneath the radar.
Edouard Mendy (€6.0m) vs Zenit (H)
The very best scoring goalkeeper in final season’s UEFA Champions League with 9 clear sheets and 66 Fantasy factors, Mendy has unsurprisingly confirmed extremely wanted amongst #UCLfantasy managers heading into Matchday 1. The Chelsea No1 is at the moment probably the most owned goalkeeper amongst #UCLfantasy managers by a major margin and saved a clear sheet within the his final UEFA Champions League fixture, the 2020/21 ultimate, as Chelsea grew to become champions of Europe for a second tim. Mendy has began the brand new marketing campaign by conceding only one aim in three Premier League video games and Thomas Tuchel’s facet will probably be trying to carry that defensive stability into Matchday 1 with a clear sheet at residence to Zenit.
Owned by 30%
Juan Musso (€4.5m) vs Villarreal (H)
After becoming a member of Atalanta from fellow Italian facet Udinese this summer season, Musso seems to have established himself as Gian Piero Gasperini’s first-choice goalkeeper having began each of Atalanta’s Serie A fixtures to date this season. The second of these video games resulted in his first clear sheet for the membership and the Argentinian is predicted to retain his place for La Dea’s opening UEFA Champions League group stage fixture in opposition to Villarreal in Bergamo. Given Unai Emery’s UEFA Europa League winners have failed to attain in two of their opening three Liga video games, the hosts may be assured of shutting out the Spanish facet on Matchday 1. With an possession of simply 1%, the 27-year-old represents a shrewd differential possibility.
Owned by 1%
Trent Alexander-Arnold (€6.5m) vs Milan (H)
Given Liverpool’s penchant for clear sheets, mixed with Alexander-Arnold’s attacking prowess, it’s comprehensible that #UCLfantasy managers have been shifting of their droves to usher in the full-back. The Reds have begun their Premier League marketing campaign properly from a defensive viewpoint, gaining two clear sheets from their first three matches, with Alexander-Arnold additionally choosing up an help. With license to push ahead down the right-hand-side and his position because the taker of the vast majority of Liverpool’s set items, Alexander-Arnold’s #UCLfantasy factors ceiling is extraordinarily excessive as Jürgen Klopp’s males host AC Milan at Anfield.
Owned by 32%
João Cancelo (€6.0m) vs Leipzig (H)
Whereas predicting a Manchester Metropolis beginning line-up beneath Pep Guardiola isn’t simple, Cancelo has began in each Metropolis fixture this season: their Neighborhood Defend match in opposition to Leicester and their opening three Premier League video games. Two of these fixtures have been at residence and Guardiola’s facet recorded clear sheets in each, which bodes properly forward of Leipzig’s go to to Manchester. Nevertheless, the Portuguese full-back affords extra to Fantasy managers than simply clear sheet potential, having managed a aim, an help and 51 ball recoveries in final season’s UEFA Champions League. These a number of avenues for Fantasy factors underline Cancelo’s credentials as the perfect defensive asset for these trying to achieve an early lead over their mini-league rivals.
Owned by 4%
Jorginho (€6.0m) vs Zenit (H)
A ball restoration magnet in midfield, Jorginho has commanded enormous consideration from the #UCLfantasy group forward of Matchday 1, with 29% of managers having already chosen the 29-year-old, now a European champion for each membership and nation following his exploits for Italy at this summer season’s UEFA European Championship. Jorginho racked up 80 ball recoveries in final season’s UEFA Champions League, the second highest variety of any participant within the competitors, which contributed 23 factors to his total Fantasy of 57. Given the probability Jorginho may also take any Chelsea penalties and it’s simple to see why the Italian worldwide is among the many high ten highest-owned gamers in all positions forward of Chelsea’s assembly with Zenit.
Owned by 29%
Sadio Mané (€10.0m) vs Milan (H)
On the subject of choosing Liverpool midfield belongings, Mohamed Salah is predicted to show simply the preferred acquisition for #UCLfantasy bosses, however those that go down a special route and plump for Mané may reap the rewards. Fielded on the left of a entrance three, the 29-year-old affords a constant goalscoring menace and will properly enhance on his numbers from the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League, which introduced three targets and two assists. Having already discovered the web as soon as this season within the Premier League and as a part of such a powerful offensive unit, Mané is prone to be afforded probabilities in opposition to Milan to open his European goalscoring account for the season on the first try on Matchday 1, enhancing his attraction as a differential.
Owned by 1%
Erling Haaland (€11.0m) vs Beşiktaş (A)
Not solely is Haaland the preferred ahead inside #UCLfantasy, the Dortmund star can also be the very best owned asset in all positions together with his possession properly over 50% and counting, one among simply two gamers to be owned by over half of your complete #UCLfantasy playerbase. Final season’s UEFA Champions League high scorer with ten targets, Haaland has racked up 20 from 16 appearances within the competitors since making his debut for Salzburg again in 2019. The 21-year-old heads into Matchday 1 in sometimes sensible type, scoring 11 instances throughout his final eight appearances for each Dortmund and Norway. It could take a courageous #UCLfantasy supervisor to not have Haaland of their facet as Dortmund journey to Turkish champions Beşiktaş on Wednesday.
Owned by 56%
Neymar (€10.5m) vs Membership Brugge (A)
With all the eye understandably on new Paris signing Lionel Messi each publicly and from a fantasy soccer viewpoint, one other ahead may but steal the highlight on Matchday 1. Neymar loved a massively profitable 2020/21 UEFA Champions League marketing campaign for the French giants, racking up 9 attacking returns with six targets, three assists and 54 #UCLfantasy factors, the third highest complete amongst forwards. With team-mate Kylian Mbappé an damage doubt having missed France’s newest two World Cup Qualifiers because of a calf downside, the onus may fall on to Neymar’s shoulders to ship the attacking impetus for Mauricio Pochettino’s facet away at Membership Brugge. With simply 6% of #UCLfantasy managers at the moment in possession of the Brazilian, his attraction to these on the lookout for a differential possibility within the Paris squad is obvious.
Owned by 6%