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The Champions League quarter final second legs are here, so which teams will reach the final four? It is not often you get to bet on or play Daily Fantasy on the Champions League, so why not take advantage for this week’s competitions?
There are plenty of intriguing Daily Fantasy options this week as three of the ties are only separated by a goal each. The fourth tie will see Barcelona look to overturn another substantial deficit against Juventus, can they pull off another stunning comeback like they did against PSG?
Who will score the goals and who will keep them out? Here are our tips for who you should pick and who you should avoid for Tuesday and Wednesday’s matches…
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Our tip for picking Jamie Vardy (£15) backfired badly last week – his only positive contributions amounted to a single cross and winning a foul in 77 minutes of action! However, Leicester are a different beast at home so he can’t be that bad two weeks in a row, right? Having not tipped Cristiano Ronaldo last week, he went ahead and scored 32.45 points against Bayern Munich on Wednesday! We don’t want to miss out on him again, especially since both of Bayern’s centre backs are under an injury cloud. Robert Lewandowski has cleared himself to play and he will have a point to prove after being forced to miss the first leg loss.
Isco was simply phenomenal in LaLiga this weekend. With Gareth Bale ruled out of Tuesday’s match, he’s likely to get the starting nod again and at £17 he’s well worth a punt. Staying at the Bernabeu, we tipped him last week and he had a great Fantasy performance despite Bayern’s loss, so Thiago Alcantara could be a good bet. In Tuesday’s other match, if you’re looking for a Leicester midfielder to pick as an option to Riyad Mahrez, you could do worse than Marc Albrighton. The English winger has been in good form lately and at £14, he provides a cheap-ish alternative.In defence, Atletico’s Juanfran provides what looks like great value at £13 while Marcelo (£15) should see plenty of opportunities to get forward at the Bernabeu.
Gareth Bale. He’s injured so therefore won’t play, ergo don’t pick him! Fernando Torres has been getting plenty of game time due to Kevin Gameiro’s injury but despite plenty of shots he just can’t find the back of the net. Bayern Munich defenders Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng are both major doubts so should not be risked, however Robert Lewandowski has been cleared to play. Sticking in defence Real Madrid duo Raphael Varane is an extreme doubt with injury, while Pepe will definitely miss the match.
Paulo Dybala. The Argentine showed up compatriot Lionel Messi last week and with Juventus likely to play on the counter attack at the Nou Camp, his all-round game is likely to see him score more points than teammate Gonzalo Higuain. We tipped Kylian Mbappe last week, but we think Radamel Falcao (£21) could be Monaco’s main man on Wednesday. He’s now cheaper than Mbappe and after not scoring in Dortmund, we think he’s due a goal this week! Marco Reus played 45 minutes on his Bundesliga return this weekend and marked it with a goal. He’s been included in Dortmund’s squad for Monaco and at £18 he is well worth taking a punt on.
Although Barcelona put six past PSG to rescue their Last 16 tie, Juventus are an altogether different proposition. Because of that, we’re tipping the Old Lady’s defenders to keep Barca’s famed attacking trio out and Giorgio Chiellini and Alex Sandro should be safe bets for Daily Fantasy points on Wednesday. With more goals likely between Monaco and Dortmund picking defenders from here is a fraught business. Having said that, Dortmund duo Lukasz Piszczek and Marcel Schmelzer both look attractive differential prospects at £14.
Barcelona are likely to be without Javier Mascherano, who did not train on Monday due to a calf injury, as well as long-term absentees Aleix Vidal and Rafinha. Due to the explosion near the Dortmund team bus last Tuesday, Marc Batra has been ruled for several weeks. Despite getting plenty of minutes for Juventus, forward Mario Mandzukic hasn’t had an attacking return in more than 2 months! At £17, he’s one to avoid. Arda Turan may make his return for Barcelona this week, but that doesn’t mean he should be picked. He’s had a disappointing season and that is unlikely to change against Juventus, even if he does get on the field.