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The Champions League quarter finals get underway this week and all four matches are intriguing prospects – which should mean there will be plenty of fantasy points up for grabs. It is not often you get to bet on or play Daily Fantasy on the Champions League, so why not take advantage in this week’s competitions?
So who should you pick and who should you avoid? Here are our tips for Tuesday and Wednesday’s matches…
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Tuesday’s two games should see two very different types of matches and you should make your Fantasy selections accordingly. Monaco’s tie with Borussia Dortmund promises to be the most free-flowing tie of the week and a result there should be goals at the Signal Iduna Park.
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Kylian Mbappe has been compared to Thierry Henry and with two goals against Manchester City in the round of 16 ties you can see why. At £19 he provides fantastic value and could be a decent differential option for you. At £27 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hardly flies under the radar but he’s in sensational form with 11 goals and an assist in his last 8 games in all competitions. With Monaco’s porous defence, he could have a field day.
Tuesday’s other match meanwhile, should be a much more cagey affair and is likely provide good value for defenders. Juventus’ Dani Alves and Alex Sandro (both £16) both played on the weekend and look to be your best bet in Turin, while at £13, Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto could prove to be solid option who won’t break the bank. Further forward Miralem Pjanic has flown under the radar somewhat, an with a dearth of expensive, big name players in the midfield this week, Pjanic should be worth considering. At £19 hardly breaks the bank either!
Monaco will do well to keep a clean sheet away at Dortmund, and based on Danijel Subasic’s unconvincing performances against Man City, we recommend giving the goalkeeper a miss. Dortmund’s Mario Gotze is still out injured, while Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa, Andre Schuerrle, Julian Weigl and Lukasz Piszczek are all facing battles to be fit so wait until Tomas Tuchel names his team before you complete yours! Juventus have not lost at home – in any competition – since August 2015, while Barcelona have lost three of their last five away games so it’s not looking good for Luis Enrique’s defenders. Aleix Vidal (£15) remains injured so he is the stand-out Barca defender to be avoided and his teammates Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba could also struggle.
Leicester City face Atletico Madrid in what will be one of the biggest matches in the Foxes’ history on Wednesday evening. While Atletico will start favourites, Leicester’s counter-attacking style should suit Jamie Vardy (£15) and Riyad Mahrez (£18). Neither started against Everton on Sunday so both players will be fresh and Vardy in particular looks good value. Wilfried Ndidi was given the match off entirely and at £13, he looks a relatively risk-free pick. On the flip side, Diego Simeone is famous for his defensive organisation so Filipe Luis (£16) and Juanfran (£13) and Jan Oblak look to be excellent value. Angel Correa also looks to be a solid selection at £14.
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In the battle for Bayern Munich’s wings, experience is trumping youth so (providing they’re both fit) Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing Real Madrid’s defence. Thiago Alcantara is the fulcrum for many of Bayern’s attacking plays and the Spaniard was phenomenal in both legs of Bayern’s thrashing of Arsenal, expect him to repeat that on Wednesday. For Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos’s scoring ability means he is always an intriguing proposition and keep an eye out who will partner him – Pepe will definitely miss the match, while Raphael Varane is in doubt.
Cristiano Ronaldo is undergoing a major Champions League goal drought, we’re not saying you have to avoid him (he is Cristiano Ronaldo after all), but at £26 he is a lot of money to be carrying if he doesn’t break that duck this week.
As good as Leicester have been under Craig Shakespeare, it is tough to see them keeping a clean sheet in Madrid. Wes Morgan will miss the match, while defensive partners Robert Huth and Danny Simpson are unlikely to score big. Atletico defender Sime Vrsaljko is also unlikely to play due to a knee injury. Saul Niguez has been disappointing recently with no goals or assists since mid-February so should be one to avoid.