Champions League Fantasy Football: The Scout squad for Matchday 10 | UEFA Champions League

The Scout’s squad for Matchday 10 draws heavily on players such as Aymeric Laporte, Ibrahima Konaté, Arnaut Danjuma and Karim Benzema, who delivered in the quarter-final first legs, while Leroy Sané and Robert Lewandowski are both backed to rediscover their most lethal form in familiar surroundings.

Pick your Fantasy squad for Matchday 10


Highlights: Benfica 1-3 Liverpool

Goalkeepers

Two sides holding 3-1 first-leg advantages ahead of home returns provide the selection in goal. Thibaut Courtois (€ 6.7m) may have only picked up three points on Matchday 9 but the Real Madrid No1 remains the top-scoring goalkeeper on Fantasy and, with a return of seven or more points in five of his nine appearances in this season’s UEFA Champions League, is well placed to add to his total when former club Chelsea come to the Santiago Bernabéu trailing after last week’s game in London.

Alisson Becker (€ 6.4m) has picked up 33 Fantasy points this season and has two clean sheets from his four games at Anfield. With Liverpool seemingly in control of their tie against Benfica, the Brazilian will aim to add to his run of five clean sheets in his last six Premier League appearances.

Highlights: Man.  City 1-0 Atlético

Highlights: Man. City 1-0 Atlético

Defenders

Liverpool and Madrid also provide one player apiece for the defense. Ibrahima Konaté (€ 5.5m)who scored his first Liverpool goal and opened his UEFA Champions League account last week in Lisbon, is the pick from the English club while Nacho (€ 5.1m)who is in line to deputise for the suspended Éder Militão, offers a budget route into the Madrid back line.

With clean sheets in all three knockout games in this season’s competition – having managed none in the group stage – Manchester City defenders are emerging as leading candidates for selection, especially after last week’s 1-0 win at home to Atlético de Madrid. Kyle Walker (€ 5.6m) is likely to come back into the side after suspension while Aymeric Laporte (€ 5.5m) is a cheaper alternative to João Cancelo while still being a reliable performer.

The defense is completed by budget pick Stefan Savic (€ 4.7m)who has earned eight points across his two games in Madrid this season and who offers the possibility of supplementing his total with ball recoveries, which account for eight of his 20 Fantasy points overall.

Highlights: Villarreal 1-0 Bayern

Highlights: Villarreal 1-0 Bayern

Midfielders

Budget constraints are biting harder than ever, so premium midfielders such as Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah are out of reach, meaning Leroy Sané (€ 9.7m) is the high-value pick in midfield. It’s also hard to overlook Villarreal’s credentials Arnaut Danjuma (€ 7.4m)who has 33 Fantasy points across the last four matches, a run that incorporates four goals including the first-leg winner against Bayern.

The remaining three midfielders are selected for their ball-recovery abilities. Manchester City’s Rodri (€ 6.0m) scored five points in the home leg against Atletico – two of them via the ball-recovery feature – while Liverpool’s Fabinho (€ 5.7m) has amassed exactly half of his 26 points overall via the same route. Julian Weigl (€ 5.9m) of Benfica has also scored fairly highly in this area over the course of the season and is likely to be busier than ever in that regard at Anfield on Wednesday.

Highlights: Chelsea 1-3 Real Madrid

Highlights: Chelsea 1-3 Real Madrid

Forwards

Up front, back-to-back hat-tricks – and 35 points across the last two matchdays – mean it would take a brave manager to overlook Karim Benzema (€ 10.5m), even if repeating those totals against Chelsea this time round might prove too big an ask. Also in form is Benfica’s Darwin Núñez (€ 7.9m)whose weekend hat-trick in the Portuguese Primeira Liga made it four successive club games in which he had found the net, scoring six goals in that run.

Robert Lewandowski (€ 12.3m) scored his first goal in three Bayern games at the weekend and will be aiming for a repeat of his showing in Munich in the round of 16 second leg, when he hit a hat-trick against Salzburg. That made it 47 points in Bayern’s home games in the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League, and with the Bundesliga leaders facing a 1-0 deficit against Villarreal, he will need to deliver again.

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