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Fixture Analysis: Champions League Round 5

Some of the Fixtures to Concentrate on this Week

Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

The second to last Champions League round is upon us and the tables are taking shape. I personally believe that Champions League games are easier to predict than Premier League matches, and this usually bodes well for Fantasy Managers, both of the official Champions League game and Draft Kings. Here are some of the key features to focus your player picks on.

Borussia Dortmund vs. Legia Warsaw

Dortmund will be on a high after defeating their German rivals Bayern Munich in “Der Klassiker” and will look to follow that up with a performance against Legia Warsaw. Pierre- Emmerick Aubameyang has been in scintillating form this season and has to be considered one of the most dangers strikers in Europe right now. Considering Legia Warsaw sit at the bottom of the group with only 1 point and a -12 goal differential, you have to expect him to terrorize the Warsaw backline. Players from Dortmund’s backline should be in line for contention in your lineup as well, a clean sheet is looking likely against a weak Warsaw attack.

Real Madrid vs. Sporting CP

The big story here, as is usually the case, has to do with Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward returns to his form club in Lisbon and will need to put sentiment aside to be at his deadly best. I would certainly expect Ronaldo to be able to do this and coming off a hat-trick in the Madrid Derby spells great danger for Sporting. Madrid seem to be clicking just as the right time in the league and let’s watch for this to carry over into the remaining two matches in the Champions League group. If Zidane sticks with his 4-4-1-1 formation he played last weekend against Atletico, Isco could be a good pickup for the match against Sporting. He himself came out after the match and lauded Zidane’s switch to the formation and he seems to be feeling very confident in his free role behind the sole striker. Look for both Isco and Ronaldo to link up against for Real against their Portuguese rivals and take the 3 points with them from Lisbon.

Bayern Munich vs. Rostov

Bayern go to Russia in what is usually considered one of the hardest countries to travel to and play in in Europe, especially when winter starts to come. Even so, Bayern will look to rebound from their loss to Dortmund this past weekend and Ancelotti will make it known that two losses in a row will not do. Fantasy Managers should consider picking any of the players from the back line or front line of Bayern, especially considering they beat Rostov 5-0 in the reverse fixture this year. I’ve always been a huge fan of Robert Lewandowski as a striker but the attacking talent in Munich’s side is really leaves you spoilt for choice. Bayern’s wingers are great choices to add to your side considering they’ll be the main suppliers to Lewandowski and are dangerous goal threats themselves.

So those are the main fixtures I’ve picked and where I’ll be focusing my resources for this matchweek. Any other fixtures you like this week and want to tell us about? Give us a shout in the comments!