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Champions League Fantasy Analysis – Group G

If you’re looking for supposedly easy fixtures in Champions League fantasy football, then look no further than Group G.

Group G consists of European giants Barcelona and Juventus as well as the return to the competition from Ukrainian runners-up Dynamo Kyiv and Hungarian champions Ferencváros. Yes, that does mean we should get to see a mouth-watering Messi vs Ronaldo clash.

Barcelona Juventus players must have?

It’s fair to say that anything else other than Barcelona and Juventus progressing would be a major surprise. That should equate to points for the both of them when they play the underdogs, although as many fantasy football players can attest, it doesn’t always work out like that.

Chances of qualifying to the Champions League last 16:

  • Barcelona: 90%
  • Juventus: 90%
  • Dynamo Kyiv: 13%
  • Ferencváros: 7%

Safe and boring picks at the back

Juventus keeper Wojciech Szczęsny could be a nice set and forget option with a price of €5.5m. At Barcelona though, there are still doubts over the time of return for the €6.0m Marc-André ter Stegen. This could well enable us the option of his back up keeper Neto, who comes in at €5.0m. For this price he looks like a good pick should he start the home games against Kyiv and Ferencváros in Matchdays 1 and 3.

At the back, Barcelona defenders finally received a price drop but they still don’t look overly appetising. Jordi Alba is the most expensive one for €6.0m which may sense given his attacking prowess. This is followed by central defence pairing Gerard Piqué and Clément Lenglet for €5.5. For their price, there seem to be more exciting options around elsewhere.

Juventus defenders Alex Sandro (€5.5m) and Matthijs de Ligt (€5.0m) are currently injured, making the €5.0m priced Danilo a possible starter alongside the experienced €5.5m duo Leonardo Bonucci and Georgio Chiellini.

Coutinho and Fati good value

In midfield, Barcelona options Philippe Coutinho for €9.0m and Ansu Fati for €8.0m look like very tempting picks ahead of their week one match up against Ferencváros.

Meanwhile at Juventus there appear to be slim pickings ahead of an away trip to Kyiv and the home game against Barcelona in week two. Juan Cuadrado for €6.5m may still get some returns but most likely gets deployed as the right wing back. New signing Federico Chiesa for €7.0m has not played for Juventus yet.

Messi and Ronaldo still good UCL Fantasy picks?

Up front it’s a well know picture for UCL managers as the €12.0m priced Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the clear stand out options from this group. Messi is a clear captain candidate for Matchday 1, while Ronaldo unfortunately misses out due illness restrictions.

It is well documented that Messi and Ronaldo are the two top scorers in Champions League history. The only question is whether they can continue to produce the ridiculous numbers they have been over the years.

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Unlikely differential picks

Elsewhere in this group, Ferencváros are the clear outsiders. With a trip to Camp Nou coming up first, it’s probably a wise choice to stay clear of their options for now.

It’s not looking much easier for Dynamo Kyiv either even though a start at home v Juventus (line ups out ahead of the deadline, game start at 18:55 CET) followed by the trip to Ferencváros isn’t all that bad.

With clean sheets being very unlikely against Barcelona and Juventus it may be better to have a look at options from further up the pitch.

Midfielders Viktor Tsygankov is quite expensive for €7.5m. Benjamin Verbic isn’t much cheaper for €7.0. Elsewhere, Carlos de Pena and forward Vladyslav Supryaga (both €6.5m) appear to be there most likely candidates to score, having all been on the scoresheet at least twice already this season.

Gerson Rodrigues might be another option. He is seemingly underpriced at €4.5m. The forward scored twice during the qualification rounds with goals against Alkmaar and Gent.