[Article written and published by @ChrisTanFPL]
We’re covering two cracking Champions League games tonight on FanTeam.com, with over €25,000 in guaranteed prize pool money to be won in our 6-a-side fantasy football contests.
Do you have fond memories of Suarez tearing up the Premier League?
Have you wondered whether Felix really is Ronaldo’s heir?
Well, tonight you get the chance to see how they compare against a Chelsea side, Tuchel has rejuvenated.
The other fixture tonight features none other than the defending champions, Bayern Munich.
You know you’re going to watch one of these games, so why not add to the excitement and have a fantasy team in play also?
Atlético Madrid vs. Chelsea
This match is being played in Bucharest, which gives Chelsea a huge advantage, as Atlético have an amazing record at home.
Neither side is especially free scoring, so it might be sensible to select the defenders rather than attackers for this one.
Chelsea only conceded two goals during qualifying and they look even less likely to concede under Tuchel.
Investing in their goalkeeper or a defender could pay off, given Atlético’s relatively poor goal scoring record in the competition.
Both Alonso and James offer excellent attacking potential to combine with their clean sheet (CS) prospects.
Chelsea hasn’t been as fluid in attack, however Werner looks to be their most consistent option, having recorded five goals (and five assists) in the Premier League and three goals (and an assist) in the Champions League.
Champions League Form: Chelsea breezed through their group, as mentioned above, conceding just two goals (four CS) and scoring twice as many as Atlético (14).
It was an easier group, though and although Giroud was their top performer, it’s unclear whether the Frenchman will start tonight so, wait for that all-important team news.
Domestic Form: Chelsea have been on fire since Tuchel took over after the dismissal for Frank Lampard, conceding only two goals.
However, an average Southampton side managed to hold them to a draw at the weekend so a better performance would be needed to get anything from tonight’s game.
Félix has returned to the side, and he was their top scorer during the group stages with three goals.
Although he didn’t pick up any returns during qualifying, Suárez is worth consideration given he’s the penalty taker and has scored 16 goals already in La Liga to Félix’s six.
Other than those two, there’s also Llorente who has recorded eight goals and seven assists in La Liga so far, although he’s been operating as a wing back lately.
In the absence of Trippier, the most attacking defender is left wing-back Lodi who has two assists in La Liga so far.
Champions League Form: despite their defensive reputation, Atlético only managed two clean sheets during the group stages. They only scored seven goals too.
Domestic Form: Atlético sit at the top of La Liga with a comfortable lead, however their form has faltered recently with a loss to mid-table Levante and two draws in their last five.
Suarez has scored four goals in the last five though and shouldn’t be written off.
Score prediction: 0-0
Lazio vs. Bayern Munich
Bayern go into this clash as heavy favourites to lift the Champions League trophy, but Lazio, in my opinion, do have the potential to hurt them.
Particularly, their talisman Immobile, who has scored five goals in the group stages and 14 in Serie A already.
Lazio go into this one as a major underdog, and Immobile is probably the only one worth consideration.
Champions League Form: they scraped through the Champions League in a relatively easy group with four draws.
However, they managed to beat Dortmund 3-1 at home, which suggests they have the potential to hold their own against the German opposition.
Domestic Form: they’re in good form in Serie A and have won four of their last five games. Their only loss was against top of the league Inter Milan.
The defending champions offer solid options throughout the side, and it’s expected that several will choose to maximise their allocation of four players from Bayern.
Attacking full back Davies hasn’t hit the heights of last season yet, but the heat maps suggest he’s their most attacking defender.
Champions League Form: Bayern walked their tough group with five wins and a draw, scoring 18 goals and conceding just five.
From a fantasy perspective, they’re worth backing, as they score a lot of goals (although they are spread throughout the side).
Most will be drawn to Lewandowski, who already has 26 goals in the Bundesliga this season (and three in the group stages).
He wasn’t their top performer during the group stages though, it was actually Coman who recorded the most attacking returns (three goals and two assists).
Domestic Form: they’re also crushing their domestic league, however, they’ve lost and drawn their last two games.
This could be due to a Club World Cup hangover, and it’s unlikely to last given the quality of the team.
Lewandowski is on fire with four goals and an assist in his last four games for Bayern and is likely to be one of the top 3 most owned players in tonight’s Champions League fantasy contests on FanTeam.
Score prediction: 1-3
With only two games included in tonight’s €3,000 and €25,000 guaranteed prize pool contests, it’s time to predict the outcome of both games and pick your 6-a-side lineups accordingly.
You can play from as little as €2 this evening in our €3K contest, but entry to the big one (€25K) is €20/£18 – but, there’s a first-place prize of €2,500 to play for!
Tonight’s contests start at 20:00GMT/21:00CET so be sure to enter your lineups once the official team news has been announced one hour before kick-off, to avoid missing out.
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