The UEFA Champions League. Preview of the matches scheduled for April 5 and 6.
TimeToDraft speaks about everything you need to know ahead of the quarterfinal stage of the main European cup competition.
Bayern Munich vs. Benfica
The Portuguese side approaches the clash with Bayern having won six consecutive games, yet there is not much optimism about the Eagles’ chances. Victories over Tondela and União Madeira are one thing, but the trip to Allianz-Arena is a completely different experience, requiring a much higher level of performance compared to ordinary games in Primeira Liga. Bayern Munich are clear favorites and are expected to secure the place in semifinals in the first leg. I think few people will be surprised to see a rout like 5-0 as the Rekordmeister loves to inflict disgraceful defeats on Portuguese teams…
Draft as much players representing Bayern Munich as possible. Only pay attention to Benfica players in case of severe budget shortage.
Blaugrana are preparing for another tough clash with an inconvenient opponent in the Colchoneros in bad mood. The Catalan side blew El Clasico at
Anything can happen in the game between Atlético
Anyway, the clash is far from being predictable so you’d better scout for fantasy candidates in other teams.
The outcome of this quarterfinal is all but fixed.
We expect a comfortable win for Real Madrid, hand the captain’s armband to Cristiano Ronaldo and try to include Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in our fantasy team.
This is arguably the most unpredictable pair in the quarterfinals. The champions of
- Players set to miss the game
Confirmed: Adriano, Mathieu, Sandro (all – Barcelona), Ferreira Carrasco, Tiago, Giménez (all – Atlético Madrid), Badstuber, Jérôme Boateng (both – Bayern Munich), Júlio César, Luisão, Lopes, Nuno Santos (all – Benfica), Dost, Seguin, Jung (all – Wolfsburg), Varane (Real Madrid), Aurier (PSG), Delph, Nasri (both – Manchester City).
Doubtful: Lucas, Savić, Ñíguez (all - Atlético Madrid), Robben, Javi Martínez (both – Bayern Munich), Benaglio, Draxler, Kruse (all – Wolfsburg), Verratti, Matuidi, Pastore (all – PSG), De Bryune, Yaya Touré (both – Manchester City).
- The perfect captain
There are two matches in the quarterfinals that seem easy to predict: Bayern Munich vs. Benfica and
Here is a hint for you: if you want to refrain from risk and keep up with most other managers, then pick Cristiano. If your ambition is to risk in a bid to leapfrog the rest of the managers by picking an odd manager, go with the Pole. Besides, Robert is a slightly cheaper option on most popular platforms.
There are plenty of candidates for captaincy (keep in mind Muller, Bale, Benzema!), but the choice of jokers is limited. Most of the first squad players are very expensive. So today we are not going to talk about the players who can deliver a lot of points despite low price tags, but about the inexpensive ones who can score at least some points for your fantasy team.
Naturally, you should only pick the team after the starting lineups have been named.
This platform traditionally doesn’t offer a good choice of jokers. Even Isco, who is set to start on the bench, is valued at 8,0 million. On the other hand, if he manages to make it to the starting lineup, you won’t regret about spending this amount on the Spaniard.
Lucas Moura (PSG) – 8,0
The Brazilian has higher chances of starting and is also valued at 8,0 million. The problem is that Moura could find it difficult to score points as his team is meeting the dangerous
Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) – 5,0
If Pep Guardiola grants the young lad a place in the starting lineup again, it will be a true present for fantasy managers. Not only Kimmich has a cheap price, but he will probably record a clean sheet too.
Gareth Bale (Real
Of course, someone with such price tag can’t be named a classic joker. With one exception: Real Madrid will likely beat the humble Wolfsburg and Bale is set to be one of Real Madrid best attacking players in the game, based on his performance in El Clasico. Still, his price is almost twice as low as that of Cristiano Ronaldo. So every manager faces a tough question: is it not wise to save 8 million and gamble on the Welshman?
Antoine Griezmann (Atlético
Jan Oblak (Atlético
At first glance, it seems crazy to pick Oblak ahead of the trip to
David Luiz (PSG) – 6,2
The Parisians will hardly keep their goal shut, but Luiz is not someone we love for his defending. The guy loves to score and is good at it, proving it once again in the Saturday game against Nice. We wouldn’t mind gambling on the curly Brazilian, expecting a goal against the Citizens.
Sergio Ramos (Real
Ramos wasn’t the best player of El Clasico on Saturday night, but the Champions League quarterfinal is a different story. The Spanish side could easily leave
Luciano Vietto (Atlético
Their place in the starting lineup at
Andrés Iniesta (
The Spaniard might not be the one we used to know but it’s a crime to miss out on Iniesta valued at such a pittance.
Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) – 4,6
The same arguments as in the abovementioned FantasyBet section apply here.
Aleksandar Kolarov (
The author of City’s best goal in the previous round of Premier League is valued at ridiculous 4,5 million and we can’t miss the opportunity to snap him. Even considering that the Citizens will likely concede at Parc des Princes.
Kevin De Bryune (
That absolutely looks like an incorrect price. If Kevin De Bruyne makes it to the starting lineup, he will definitely be more useful than you might expect from a player worth at 4,5 million.
Edinson Cavani (PSG) – 5,9
The Uruguayan is not in his best form these days, but he will definitely get some playing time against
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