#UCLfantasy Matchday 4: What the numbers say
Predicting which Fantasy players are going to perform on a given matchday is a difficult task. Through crunching the numbers, a projected points total for each player has been calculated based on the player’s historical performance in the UEFA Champions League. Goals, assists, clean sheets and the likelihood of playing are the major parameters used in our projections.
The top projected players for each position for Matchday 4 are given below. As ever, check team news before making your final selections.
|Marc-Andr√© ter Stegen||6.0||Barcelona||Slavia Praha||H||Tuesday||7.0|
|Thibaut Courtois||6.0||Real Madrid||Galatasaray||H||Wednesday||6.4|
|Keylor Navas||5.5||Paris||Club Brugge||H||Wednesday||6.0|
Matchday 4’s projections show the value of playing at home with all five selected goalkeepers set to perform in front of their own fans. With the fixtures from Matchday 3 reversed, Keylor Navas (‚ā¨5.5m) and Thibaut Courtois (‚ā¨6.0m) will be looking to keep clean sheets again.
The top scoring keeper currently in #UCLfantasy, Roman B√ľrki (‚ā¨5.5m) has been remarkably consistent this season, securing two clean sheets in the opening two UEFA Champions League matchdays before saving a penalty against Inter last time out. Dortmund have an excellent defensive record at their own stadium in international competition, keeping a clean sheet in four of their last five European home matches
|Thomas Meunier||5.5||Paris||Club Brugge||H||Wednesday||8.2|
|Juan Bernat||5.5||Paris||Club Brugge||H||Wednesday||8.0|
|Thiago Silva||5.5||Paris||Club Brugge||H||Wednesday||7.9|
|Rapha√ęl Varane||5.5||Real Madrid||Galatasaray||H||Wednesday||7.6|
|Presnel Kimpembe||5.5||Paris||Club Brugge||H||Wednesday||7.2|
There is a definite French feel to the projected top ten defenders, as five of the top seven defensive point scorers play for Paris. Thomas Meunier (‚ā¨5.5m) and Juan Bernat (‚ā¨5.5m) lead the way, as in addition to clean sheets, both are a threat in the opposition box. Meunier already has a goal to his name during this season’s competition, while Bernat boasts two assists.
Alongside the five Paris assets are a number of players from clubs who are expected to keep a clean sheet on Matchday 4. The likes of Rapha√ęl Varane (‚ā¨5.5m) and Mats Hummels (‚ā¨5.5m) highlight the potential point-scoring ability of centre-backs who make a number of ball recoveries each match. During Matchday 3, Varane secured three additional points thanks to ten ball recoveries, while Hummels has already made 31 total ball recoveries in the UEFA Champions League this season.
|Raheem Sterling||11.0||Man City||Atalanta||A||Wednesday||8.6|
|√Āngel Di Mar√≠a||8.5||Paris||Club Brugge||H||Wednesday||7.9|
|Riyad Mahrez||8.5||Man City||Atalanta||A||Wednesday||7.3|
|Eden Hazard||11.0||Real Madrid||Galatasaray||H||Wednesday||7.1|
|Heung-Min Son||9.5||Tottenham||Crvena zvezda||A||Wednesday||7.0|
A hat-trick, an assist and a penalty earned Raheem Sterling (‚ā¨11.0m) 22 #UCLfantasy points on Matchday 3 to make him the leading #UCLfantasy points scorer this season, three ahead of second-placed Mislav OrŇ°ińá (‚ā¨6.0m).
In addition to the multitude of premium options that are suggested for Matchday 4, there are also a couple of viable budget options for #UCLfantasy managers to consider. Ajax’s Quincy Promes (‚ā¨7.0m) and Zlatko Junuzovińá (‚ā¨6.0m) of Salzburg have both performed well; Promes already has two goals to his name and had a strike disallowed against Matchday 4 opponents Chelsea last time out. Junuzovińá, meanwhile, has proven capable of picking up points through multiple different avenues as he currently has three assists and 22 ball recoveries.
Erling Braut Haaland
There’s only one place to start when it comes to the Matchday 4 projections and that is with Paris forward Kylian Mbapp√© (‚ā¨10.5m). Last time out the French international came on in the 52nd minute against Club Brugge, and by the 83rd minute he had scored a hat-trick in addition to laying on an assist for Mauro Icardi (‚ā¨8.5m).
Budget striker Erling Braut Haaland (‚ā¨4.5m) still leads the way in the scoring charts after finding the net twice on Matchday 3 against Napoli. Haaland is now up to six goals in three matches and is really benefitting from playing in a Salzburg side that relentlessly attacks their opponents, regardless of who it may be.
After a stuttering start to the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League, last year’s beaten finalists Tottenham got their Group B campaign up and running on matchday 3 with a 5-0 victory over Crvena zvenda. As always, Harry Kane (‚ā¨11.0m) leads the way; he scored twice on Matchday 3, taking his total in Europe this season to four.