Champions League Fantasy Football Prediction: As the European competition kicks off from Tuesday, we have analyzed to form the perfect XI for game week 1.
Champions League football is set to kick off from September 17. Europe’s most prestigious tournament is celebrated by millions around the world, who watch the game irrespective of the serpentine time zone. Whether you’re in Asia or Australia or the United States, fans stay up in the night to watch their team.
Over the last few years, Champions League fantasy is being played. It’s not widespread as the Premier League fantasy, but it has been played by millions of people around the world. Similar to the PL Fantasy, any person can create their own group and add people to it. People have bragging rights if they top the group at the end of the week.
To make things easier, we have analyzed the set of players for the Champions League game week 1. Since numerous transfers are allowed, users can transfer the players they like. We shall look at the first choice 11 which could shape up pretty well in the first week of this year’s Champions League.
Anthony Lopes (Lyon): Anthony Lopes has made a good start to his Ligue 1 campaign. The Portuguese International has kept two clean sheets in opening four games this season. He’s a very good shot-stopper and is a leader in the backline. He’s quite underrated and could change the game on his own at times. They face Zenit, which could help their course of keeping a clean sheet.
Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich): Joshua Kimmich is one of the best right-backs in the world. The defender is an integral part of Bayern Munich’s defence and has the perfect balance between defensive and offensive areas. He’s a very good defender and can notch up numbers in the final third too.
Diego Godin (Inter Milan): Inter Milan have made a tremendous start to the new campaign. The Nerazzurri have kept two clean sheets out of three games in the Serie A. Diego Godin is the bulwark for the Italian side’s side and is an excellent defender. He can score goals from the set pieces too. He’s playing Slavia Praha, who are seen as the fourth favourite in that group.
Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur): Toby Alderweireld will start for Spurs in the backline. The Belgian International is yet to put pen to paper, but is the main man in the defence department along with Jan Vertonghen. He makes plenty of tackles and possesses a serious aerial threat. An away game against Olympiacos is tough, but Spurs have the resilience to keep a clean sheet on road.
Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax): Nicolas Tagliafico plays through the left defensive flank for Ajax. The Argentinian International played a key role in their Semifinals birth with consistent displays against Real Madrid and Juventus. He has scored two goals and bagged one assist in the Dutch top-flight league this season.
Hakim Ziyech (Ajax): Hakim Ziyech had a sparkling campaign in all competitions last season. The Moroccon has started his season on a high after securing four goals and two assists from just five games in the Eredivisie. He can pick out passes and score crazy goals from outside the box to keep his attacking score ticking. Since Ajax play Lille, an open game is expected. Ziyech will make the most out of it.
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund): Jadon Sancho is one of the very few players in the top five European leagues to bag ten goals and ten assists in the league alone. Besides, he was finding his feet in the Champions League last campaign too. He has scored two goals and has four assists to his name. Barcelona have been struggling in the defensive department, which could help Sancho’s course.
James Milner (Liverpool): Andy Robertson is doubtful for today’s game against Napoli at San Paolo Stadium. The experienced-campaigner James Milner is likely to be slotted in that position. It’s a tough away game, but the English International could have the say should Liverpool receive a penalty.
Romelu Lukaku: Romelu Lukaku will recover in time to face Slavia Praha. The Inter Milan striker has been on the score sheet twice out of three games in the Serie A. Under Antonio Conte, the striker will only grow to another level after a poor campaign with Manchester United. He’ll receive supply and is clinical in front of the goal.
Robert Lewandowski (C): Robert Lewandowski scored eight goals in the Champions League last season. He struggled to score against some of the world’s best but is a key man when it comes to beating the minnows. He’s facing Red Star Belgrade, who lost all their away games in the previous year. He will have his say in front of the goal.
Dusan Tadic: Dusan Tadic is the unsung hero for Ajax. In the opening five games of the Eredivisie, he has scored five goals and has five assists to his name this season. It has been an extraordinary season for the Serbian, who could continue to score goals in the European competition.
Disclaimer: This team is made on the basis of our research for the game. This XI is what we think would work – you’re free to choose your own XI.