UCL Fantasy Differential Picks
The Match day 1 deadline is now upon us which gives us an opportunity to have a look at some differential options for the start of the season. This should be read as a supplementary piece to our UCL Fantasy strategy.
As always, we’ve selected three players with an ownership of 6% or less at the time of writing, who represent viable alternatives to some of the more popular assets out there.
UCL Fantasy Differential #1 – ROMELU LUKAKU
- UCL ownership: 6.0%
- Price: 11.0m
Despite a slow start, Romelu Lukaku (£11.0m) enjoyed a fine first season at Inter Milan and hit top gear upon Serie A’s resumption back in July.
The Belgian international contributed a total of 23 goals in his first season in Italy and was only bettered by Cristiano Ronaldo’s 25. Lukaku would go onto score a brace in the semi-final of the Europa League, as Inter beat Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0.
That kind of output suggests a big campaign in the Champions League lies ahead.
UCL Fantasy Differential #2 – PHIL FODEN
- UCL ownership: 7.0%
- Price: 7.0m
This season feels like a defining moment for Phil Foden (£7.0m), it could very well be a breakout year for Foden in the Champions League.
His performances under Pep Guardiola in the early weeks of the season offers hope, he may be able to find his best level at Manchester City.
Under Guardiola’s stewardship, there was an immediate improvement in Foden’s output in the Premier League, which could translate well into the Champions League. Also, his underlying statistics suggest he may be being overlooked.
UCL Fantasy Differential #3 – RAFAEL DA SILVA
- UCL ownership: 6.0%
- Price: 4.0m
If you are a Manchester United fan or a fan of Premier League clubs in the mid to late 2000’s, then you remember
Well, since then he spent five year’s in France with Lyon, making 103 appearances, scoring 2 goals in that time.
Rafael is a marquee signing for Istanbul Baskasehir, who are making their debut in the Champions League. He has signed a 2 year deal with the Turkish club, with the option of a third.
UCL Fantasy Differential #4 – ROBIN GOSENS
- UCL ownership: 5.0%
- Price: 5.5m
Gosens is an attacking left back for Atalanta. In many ways he is comparable to Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson and he has even bigger returns in front of goal. Last season, he scored 9 goals and provided 8 assists in 34 Serie A games. He also played 8 Champions League games last season and scored 39pts.
Atalanta also start the campaign at Midtylland, which is probably a must-win for the Italians, given that Ajax and Liverpool are the other two teams in the Group.
His ownership is likely to go up over the course of the game, so get him now.
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