We've got eight matches on tap for Tuesday. Here's the schedule:
Manchester City v. Borussia Monchengladbach
Real Madrid v. Malmo
Galatasaray v. Astana
VFL Wolfsburg v. Manchester United
Paris Saint-Germain v. Shakhtar Donetsk
Benfica v. Atletico Madrid
As you can see, we're in for yet another extremely exciting slate of UCL action this crisp Tuesday and Wednesday. Lots of domestic injury woes, as well as up-to-date information on the most in-form players to consider as the DFSportsgods chef up yet another UCL DFS masterpiece. Fire it up!
Diego Benaglio (VFL Wolfsburg, $3,900) - Wolfsburg come into this match only needing 1 point to move forward into the next round, so in Lehman's terms they will be sitting back with at least 8 men, looking to pop one in on the counter against an extremely offensively inconsistent Man U squad. Hopefully, for a variety of reasons, this happens and the Red Devils are sent home from the cold depths of Eastern Germany burning with shame.
Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray, $3,800) - Galatasaray need just 3 points to secure 3rd place in their group to move on to Europa. Their opposition FC Astana have scored just 4 goals in all of Champions league. Given these game notes Muslera is in for what looks to be a good matchup. He may not see a bunch of shots on targets but the win and clean sheet looks likely.
Other options to consider: Kiko Casilla (Real Madrid, $4,200)
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach, $4,000) - If you've been an avid follower of the Gods and our articles, you know by now that Fabian has been a staple in most of our most successful sample lineups. The dude accrues midfield stats with a huge offensive upside, while being one of the most in-form defenders on the planet as he fired in a master strike this past weekend when his team beat Bayern Munich.
Serge Aurier (Paris Saint Germain, $3,700) - Whether its Serge Aurier or Gregory Van Der Wiel the PSG right back always surges forward sending in an abundance of crosses and accumulating a bunch of interceptions in the making. Their right backs are extremely active with a bunch of offensive pace. This wont stop against Shaktar at home either although they are clear through the next round.
Marcel Schafer (Wolfsburg $2,500) - Ricardo Rodriguez is the normal left back but he will be out due to an injury and Schafer is his replacement. He is a high-energy guy who will be getting forward sending in crosses. He 's a cheap filler for the defender position if you're looking to load up on strikers.
Other options to consider: Alex Sandro (Juventus, $2,900), Christian Trasch (Wolfsburg, $3,200)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, $5,800) - KDB has not and will not stop producing anytime soon. Plain and simply this man has been an absolute stud domestically, he eats up minutes on the pitch like I eat Talenti Gelato, and on top of that he gives you 20+ on a day with no assists or goals. Simply can't be faded at home.
Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg, $4,500) - Daniel has been on a lot of the major club's radar for almost six months now as he continues to be one of the most exciting young talent's both domestically and in Champions League play for Wolfsburg. He sits in a great position right behind Dost, the striker, and will be a steady supply of dangerous attacking play for what should be a very wide-open match in which Wolfsburg will most certainly be looking for an early, possibly decisive goal.
Ever Banega (Sevilla, $4,000) - Although Sevilla are not in contention of the next round they will be in high attack mode at home. Banega has accounted for 5 goals in the last 5 games. He is always involved in the Sevilla attack. Look for him to account for a goal if Sevilla pops one in.
Other options to consider: Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica, $4,700), Gabi (Atletico Madrid, $4,100), Jesse Lingard ($3,200)
**First and foremost, we understand this slate has the Chosen One, AKA CR7, AKA the man who buy's his manager private islands for his birthday, however Real Madrid have already sealed their way into the next round and we do not believe Cristi will play enough, or at all, to justify his price tag**
Bas Dost (Wolfsburg, $6,300) - As previously mentioned, Wolfsburg are at a very important time in their club history as they simply need 1 point from the matchup with defensively-challenged Manchester United and are at home as well. Their fan's will be backing them to the max and our man Dost will be sitting up front all alone salivating over the swung in crosses from Draxler and Caligiuri. For $6,300 as well this is a no-brainer.
Luuk De Jong (PSV Eindhoven $4,500) - PSV are looking to progress to the knockout stages of the competition for the first time since 2006/07. They are also looking to secure their third home win in a row for the first since since 2005/06, having already beaten Manchester United and Wolfsburg on home soil. Look for him to head the attack being very active looking for as many goals as possible to secure the victory.
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid $7,000) - 4 goals in his last 3 games that should say it all. He's doing it for his country during this turmoil. Atletico need 3 points to secure the group title. He leads the charge with no Jackson Martinez who is out due to injury yeah Fernando torres is an option to score but let's be real Griezmann is ATM's go to guy for the goals.
Other options to consider: Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray, $5,400), Alvaro Morata (Juventus, $5,200), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, $7,500)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus, $4,800) - No doubt this will be one of the most intriguing matches of the day. Assuming Dybala gets the start either up front with Mandzukic/Morata, or he is playing the wing role directly behind them, look for his pace to cause Sevilla some problems as he will be causing fits all over the pitch creating havoc for the abundance of talent (Pogba, Morata, Marchisio, Mandzukic, etc.) all around him to benefit from.
Alex Teixeira (Shaktar Donetsk $4,300) - Shaktar are looking to secure 3rd place as they want to compete in Europa. Teixeira will start in the engine room for Shaktar. PSG may rest their starting center backs giving a potential easier matchup for the Shaktar attack. Regardless, Alex is extremely lively in the attack sending in a healthy amount of crosses paired with a generous amount of shots.
DF: Schafer, Aurier, Arbeloa
MF: Gaitan, Pogba, Stindl
FW: Griezmann, Dybala
UT: Podolski, De Bruyne
That's a wrap on this delicious course of Tuesday's Champions League Preview, tune back later tonight or early morning Wednesday for our next course as the Gods are officially transitioning into the "Golden Age". Visit us on Twitter or our website to join the team now!