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UCL Fantasy Football popular picks and potential differentials

Saturday 5 December 2020

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Ahead of Matchday 6, finds which players are proving prime assets and who has gone under the radar.

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Article body looks over some sought after #UCLfantasy assets as well as some options who could prove astute differentials for the end of the group stage.

Popular pick

Keylor Navas (€5.5m) vs İstanbul Başakşehir (H)
Paris know that victory at home to İstanbul Başakşehir on Matchday 6 would guarantee their passage into the round of 16. A clean sheet will go a long way to securing that all-important win and the Parisians will be expecting a strong performance from their goalkeeper. Navas has kept two clean sheets in the group stage so far this season and, with one shutout already against İstanbul Başakşehir, he will be confident of a second here to help secure not only a win for his team, but also a healthy #UCLfantasy points total.
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Potential differential

Roman Bürki (€5.7m) vs Zenit (A)
With three clean sheets already to his name in this season’s group stage, the Dortmund keeper has enjoyed a fine campaign thus far. Conceding just one goal in the four Group F games in which he has featured, the Swiss stopper will be looking for a second successive clean sheet over Zenit on Matchday 6 knowing that victory for Dortmund would take them into the knockout stage as Group F winners. With nine shot saves and 22 #UCLfantasy points banked thus far, Bürki provides a reliable option for any #UCLfantasy manager looking for differential goalkeepers on Matchday 6.
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Popular pick

Achraf Hakimi (€5.9m) vs Shakhtar Donetsk (H)
Despite a thrilling 3-2 victory at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the penultimate round of matches, Internazionale know that only a win against Shakhtar on Matchday 6 will give them a chance of progressing from their group. Antonio Conte’s side will need to combine a solid defence with a cutting-edge attack against the Ukrainian champions and wing-back Hakimi could be the ideal player for such an occasion. The Moroccan international started on the bench at Mönchengladbach but came on to provide a crucial assist and prove his worth. Such an impact could be enough to earn him a start on Matchday 6 and, having been part of a defence that kept a clean sheet against Shakhtar back on Matchday 2, it would be the ideal fixture to bring Hakimi back into the starting line-up. #UCLfantasy managers certainly have faith in Hakimi as he is currently the highest owned defender in the game.
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Potential differential

José María Giménez (€5.1m) vs Salzburg (A)
To reach the round of 16, Atlético must avoid defeat away at Salzburg. Diego Simeone’s side have uncharacteristically kept just one clean sheet in their five Group A games so far and a shutout in Austria will not prove an easy task with Salzburg having scored at least once in each of their five group matches. However, you can be sure that Simeone’s side will come into this contest extremely well drilled and ready to fight tooth and nail for that all-important clean sheet that would guarantee them second place in Group A. From a #UCLfantasy perspective, Giménez has proven quite the asset, accruing 24 points in the last three matchdays and as such he may prove a shrewd defensive pick.
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Popular pick

Marcus Rashford (€9.1m) vs Leipzig (A)
Rashford’s sixth goal of this UEFA Champions League campaign proved in vain for Manchester United as they went down 3-1 at home to Paris Saint-Germain on Matchday 5. The defeat leaves the Red Devils needing a draw at Leipzig to ensure their place in the last 16. Rashford came off the bench to score a late hat-trick against Leipzig at Old Trafford on Matchday 2 and is sure to play a key role for his team, with his goals crucial to his side’s success so far in Group H. Rashford is the highest scoring midfielder in #UCLfantasy so far with 40 points accumulated over five group matches. His ownership will be hoping that Matchday 6 brings a score similar to the 16 points he acquired last time out against Leipzig.
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Potential differential

Charles De Ketelaere (€4.5m) vs Lazio (A)
After a commanding 3-0 win over Zenit, Club Brugge know that victory away at Lazio on Matchday 6 would see them leapfrog the Italian side into second place in Group F. De Ketelaere played a key role for Philippe Clement’s side against Zenit, scoring the opening goal and drawing the penalty that doubled their lead. The 19-year-old Belgian provides more than just one points outlet, with 18 ball recoveries recorded over the course of the group stage to go alongside his two goals scored. Priced at just €4.5m, you’d be hard pressed to find a better value midfielder heading into Matchday 6, with 27 points accumulated already this campaign.
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Popular pick

Lionel Messi (€12.1m) vs Juventus (H)
Messi has not featured in the last two UEFA Champions League matchdays after being rested by Ronald Koeman. However, the forward could well come back into the side on Matchday 6 for Barcelona’s showdown with Juventus and fellow superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, and the prospect will no doubt light a fire within the Argentinian. Messi has shone for Barcelona in the Group G games in which he has featured, scoring in all three, while also adding an assist on Matchday 1. Still as popular as ever with #UCLfantasy managers, another star performance from Messi will be well received here.
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Potential differential

Neymar (€11.4m) vs İstanbul Başakşehir (H)
A Neymar double against Manchester United on Matchday 5 helped guide Paris to a crucial 3-1 victory at Old Trafford which puts Thomas Tuchel’s side in pole position to qualify from Group H heading into Matchday 6. One point against İstanbul Başakşehir will be enough to guarantee the Parisians’ progress and Neymar could once again be set to play a starring role. The Brazilian has hit form at just the right time, having scored three goals in his last two group games, acquiring 17 #UCLfantasy points in the process. Neymar also has the benefit of taking penalties for Paris, which could prove very handy for his goals tally moving forward, and converted from the spot against Leipzig on Matchday 4. While Neymar comes at a premium price, those prepared to take the plunge could well be rewarded handsomely.
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Ahead of Matchday 6, finds which players are proving prime assets and who has gone under the radar.

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