The Champions League returns for the first time in 2017 with Gameweek 7 – which means a midweek round of Yahoo Daily Fantasy to sink your teeth in to.
There are 8 teams in action this Tuesday and Wednesday, which means 4 games for Daily Fantasy spread evenly across the two days.
Champions League Daily Fantasy works in exactly the same way as Premier League Daily Fantasy. You can enter any number of leagues that run for just Tuesday or Wednesday’s matches, and you can also enter a league that covers all 4 games over the two days – it is up to you how many leagues you want to play in.
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So who should you pick, and who should you avoid this week?
Benfica v Borussia Dortmund
There should be plenty of attacking points at stake here in this match – Dortmund scored 21 goals in 6 group games, while Benfica conceded 10 in a group including Napoli, Besiktas and Dynamo Kiev. Dortmund defender Raphael Guerreiro (£17) should have plenty of opportunities to bomb forward and win his fair share of corners and crosses, while Benfica’s Nelsinho could be worth a punt at £14. If BVB are to continue their goalscoring form Marco Reus (10 goals, 4 assists in 11 games) and Shinji Kagawa (assuming he starts) are likely to be at the heart of it – but they don’t come cheap. At £13 Benfica’s Pizzi could provide an alternative option in the middle of the park.
We’re spoilt for choice up front with plenty of big names spread across the Gameweek but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£26) scored in every one of his four starts and he combined brilliantly with Ousmane Dembele (£19) in the group stages, while Benfica’s Jonas could be well worth a punt, especially considering his affordable £16 price tag.
Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona
Gerard Pique (£16) and Javier Mascherano (£15) are likely to see more defensive action (blocks, tackles won etc) against PSG than in LaLiga action affording them more chances to pick up Fantasy points, so they could be good value mid-range selections. If you back PSG to keep a cleansheet, defenders Marquinhos (£16) and Thomas Meunier (£14) could be good value.
In the midfield, the usual suspects abound but there may not be a lot of value to be had here. However, Andres Iniesta (£16) is back and he’s likely to be entrusted with running the show for Barcelona, while any attacking play at PSG is likely to go through Angel Di Maria (£23) – but will he be able to stamp his mark on a game like he can in Ligue 1? We all know about Barcelona’s famed MSN attacking trio, so there’s nothing new to be added here!
Benfica are likely to struggle to keep a cleansheet against Dortmund so Eliseu (£14) is unlikely to provide much value. In the midfield, Andre Schürrle has had some inconsistent scores lately and at £20 could be a risk, especially if Kagawa and Reus are starting for BVB. PSG captain Thiago Silva is injured and will miss the game.
At Barcelona, don’t be fooled by Arda Turan’s price and FPPG – at £23 he is not worth his average score of 7.50 and with Iniesta returning from injury, Luis Enrique is likely to return to his preferred midfield combo of Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic. Meanwhile, PSG’s Marco Veratti (£18) has a healthy FPPG but he has struggled to impose himself in the big games, especially against Arsenal and that is unlikely to change when Barca come to town. Up front, Edinson Cavani has never scored against Barca and at £25 there are safer options to choose from this Gameweek 7.
Bayern Munich v Arsenal
Arsenal have a well-documented propensity for getting knocked out of the Champions League at the first playoff hurdle, and Bayern have been their tormentors in the past. For this reason, if you’re looking for 1 or 2 top-quality defenders don’t go further than Mats Hummels (£16) or David Alaba (£17). Both are consistent high-scorers for the German giants and Hummels is the leader in the Bayern defence following Jerome Boateng’s injury.
In the midfield, the best value could lie with Thiago Alcántara (£19). If Bayern dominate the game as expected, Alcantara should have plenty of chances to showcase his attacking abilities on the ball. Finally, at £16 Arturo Vidal could be a good mid-value selection for players.
Up front, your two main options are Robert Lewandowski (£27) and Alexis Sanchez (£25). Bayern’s only out-and-out striker, the big Pole is just as likely to score 5 points as he is 25 – against the Gunners, expect him to be on the higher side. Meanwhile, Sanchez is likely to be Arsenal’s key player on Wednesday so if you’re going to pick one Gunner it should be him. However, don’t rule out Olivier Giroud – he has a history of coming to the rescue, and if as expected, Arsenal fall behind expect Arsene Wenger to turn to the Frenchman to help him out.
Real Madrid v Napoli
Napoli face the daunting task of travelling to the Bernabeu with Real Madrid the hot favourites with the bookies. If you’re looking for the potential of big points from a defender, then Sergio Ramos (£16) is your man. Defensively he can be caught out but he also has an amazing knack of finding space in the opposition’s penalty area to score goals. Up front, with Gareth Bale still injured, Cristiano Ronaldo (£29) is not cheap, but he is definitely Madrid’s focal point in attack and he almost guarantees you at least 10-15 points each and every week.
You will have noticed a distinct lack of Napoli and Arsenal players mentioned so far. That is because it is tough to see either team get too much out of their respective first leg ties away from home, however there are still some Bayern and Real players who should be avoided. Real’s James Rodriguez (£23) looks an intriguing prospect but he has only played 2 matches in 2 months, while at Bayern Joshua Kimmich (£17) has an impressive FPPG, but he has not a strong returns since November. The same also goes for forwards Thomas Muller (£24) and Douglas Costa (£20) – there is much better value to be had elsewhere.
For Arsenal, Mesut Ozil (£21) has a propensity to disappear in the big games so should be avoided here. Wenger has also confirmed that Petr Cech won’t start on Wednesday, so instead David Ospina will deputise in goal.