09 Apr Fantasy Football: Messi and different must-owns forward of the Champions League quarter-finals
Our Fantasy author appears forward to the approaching spherical of elite European football and picks out the must-have stars from Barcelona, Juventus and Ajax
As we method the Champions League quarter-finals, you could have observed one thing completely different within the Objective Fantasy Football recreation. In contrast to the beginning of the season, or earlier than the spherical of 16, there will not be limitless transfers however, relatively, homeowners are restricted to only 4. This can be daunting contemplating the exits of high-profile golf equipment like Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain however don’t fret, we’re right here to assist.
In the event you adopted the recommendation from our Skilled XI posted earlier than the beginning of the knockout phases, your team ought to already be in respectable form with precisely 4 vacancies.
If not, utilizing the accessible transfers correctly forward of the following spherical of European motion will likely be essential to staying aggressive in your mini-leagues and in bigger competitions. With that in thoughts, listed here are a quartet of gamers you merely should personal earlier than the Champions League returns on Tuesday.
GK: Wojciech Szczesny – Juventus, £6.6m, owned in 13.11% of teams
With the standard of opposition, clear sheets are extremely troublesome to come back by within the Champions League. Until you’re Juventus. The Italian facet have held their opponents to nil a competition-leading 5 instances this time period, and Szczesny has been between the posts for all of them.
That is no outlier both as Juventus additionally lead the Serie A in clear sheets and objectives conceded, additional confirming their defensive credentials. The matchup towards red-hot Ajax will definitely take a look at Szczesny and the defence in entrance of him however, in the event you’re inclined to gamble on any team choosing up a clear sheet within the quarter-finals, Juve have the most effective probability.
DEF: Jordi Alba – Barcelona, £6.9m, owned in 27.39% of teams
Barcelona, in juxtaposition to Juventus, haven’t saved as many clear sheets as you’d like within the Champions League however they face the worst assault remaining within the competitors. Thus far, Manchester United have scored simply 10 objectives of their European marketing campaign this season and have been held goalless thrice in eight matches.
Even in the event you concern the Manchester United resurgence underneath Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in proudly owning Alba you may really feel secure realizing that your eggs aren’t totally within the clear sheet basket. The Barcelona man ranks prime 5 in assists within the competitors this season (three) and, with 40 factors, has been the second-best defender within the Objective recreation to date. Alex Telles might have the artistic benefit, however for a positive factor, Alba is the selection.
MID: Dusan Tadic – Ajax, £7.2m, owned in 9.96% of teams
Tadic is slightly completely different than the remainder of the gamers on this record as his must-own standing is not only because of his efficiency, however his low value and possession as properly. Regardless of no-one having been concerned in additional Champions League objectives this season (11), individuals are in some way nonetheless hesitant to personal the Serbian midfielder.
Sure, the matchup towards the competitors’s greatest defence is a tricky one however contemplating what, and who Ajax needed to undergo already, there’s no cause to doubt the Dutch facet, or Tadic now. Even when the midfielder does battle, you may merely change him however, contemplating how good he’s been to date, anybody that owns Tadic has a bonus over greater than 90% of householders within the Objective recreation.
FOR: Lionel Messi – Barcelona, £8.6m, owned in 58.19% of teams
Messi is having top-of-the-line Champions League marketing campaign’s of his profession and, contemplating his inarguable abilities, that’s saying one thing. The Argentine has already scored eight objectives on this competitors, one thing that he’s solely managed as soon as since 2015 but the 31-year-old has accomplished so this season earlier than the quarter-finals have even began.
It’s not simply the objectives which have been spectacular although as Messi leads the match in photographs on goal (18), whereas additionally rating within the prime 5 for assists and possibilities created as properly. He does carry a hefty £8.6m pricetag however, contemplating what he’s accomplished, and is able to doing, not proudly owning him may very well be way more expensive in the long term.
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