#UCLfantasy Captain Marvel: matchday ten
We are well and truly at the business end of the UEFA Champions League now as the last-eight ties reach their climax this week. With some big-name options up for consideration, who are the prime contenders for the Fantasy armband?
TUESDAY 16 APRIL
Cristiano Ronaldo (€12.1m) vs Ajax (H)
The all-time UEFA Champions League record scorer showed once again he is the man for the big occasion with his 125th competition goal in the first leg against Ajax. Ronaldo contributed a hat-trick against Atlético Madrid in Juventus’s round of 16 home leg and will be targeting another decisive display. Rested against SPAL on Saturday, he will be fresh and hungry to emulate his exploits from the previous round and see off Ajax’s challenge.
Luis Suárez (€10.3m) vs Manchester United (H)
We could have gone with Lionel Messi here, but given the Argentinian’s obvious captain potential we’ve decided to highlight his Uruguayan strike partner instead. Following an assist in the first leg at Manchester United, Suárez and Barcelona have a 1-0 lead heading back to the Camp Nou, and are likely to be looking for goals to put the tie beyond any doubt. As opposing teams usually focus on stopping Messi, Suárez could be the main beneficiary and comes into the match in good form with three goals in his last four La Liga matches.
WEDNESDAY 17 APRIL
Leroy Sané (€9.0m) vs Tottenham (H)
Manchester City are 1-0 down and will need to push forward as they continue to seek an unprecedented quadruple. The top scorers in this season’s competition with 26 goals, City have been particularly prolific in front of their own fans, finding the net 16 times. During those home games, Sané has scored three goals and recorded four assists, securing attacking returns in all three home UEFA Champions League game he’s played this season. A late substitute the first leg, the German winger will be raring to go in the second.
Roberto Firmino (€9.5m) vs Porto (A)
The third member of Liverpool’s fearsome attacking trio, Firmino has been showing lately why it’s foolish to focus only on Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané. With only an 11% ownership among Fantasy players, the Brazilian has been a little overlooked compared to Mané (20%) and Salah (23%). Those #UCLfantasy managers who did own the Liverpool forward were rewarded with a goal and assist in Liverpool’s first-leg defeat of Porto, and he has three goals and two assists in Liverpool’s last five domestic matches – each one a victory for the club.