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Champions League Tue/Wed Live Chat

We had a barn-burning Matchday 1 with loads of goals and blowouts as the top teams and their superstars delivered.  The second set of fixtures looks to be tougher on balance, so will we enjoy more competitive games but less in the way of fantasy spoils? 

Juventus v Torino FC - Serie A
After a poor showing at Barcelona, the 2016/17 Champions League runners-up look to rebound as they host Olympiacos
Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

If your fantasy sides had stars such as Sergio Agüero, Edinson Cavani, Harry Kane, Robert Lewandoski, Romelu Lukaku, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo, the the first round points were flowing like New Year’s Eve champagne and kisses. (With Cavani, Lewandoski and Ronaldo up front, I was certainly privy to plenty of that bubbly and smooching!) Of course, Felipe Pardo and John Stones also chipped in with braces in more unexpected fashion, so those and other diamonds in the rough paid off even more handsomely for fantasy managers with functional crystal balls.

Along with the individual joy delivered by their stars, mega-teams Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, PSG and Real Madrid each romped by at least three goals while keeping clean sheets. For players and squads alike, things simply went to form. Other than Barcelona, which dispatched Juventus with surprising ease and now travels to Sporting Lisbon, those aforementioned big teams have what look to be more difficult matches this time around. Going the other way, things would seem to be more favorable for the likes of Juventus, Liverpool, Napoli, Roma, Sevilla and Tottenham. But as everybody knows, things don’t always turn out the way they should, so buckle in for what promises to be a fun ride!


Group E

Sevilla v. Maribor

Spartak Moscow v. Liverpool

Group F

Napoli v. Feyenoord Rotterdam

Manchester City v. Shakhtar Donetsk

Group G

Besiktas JK v. RB Leipzig

AS Monaco FC v. FC Porto

Group H

Borussia Dortmund v. Real Madrid

APOEL Nicosia v. Tottenham Hotspur


Group A

Basel v. Benfica

CSKA Moscow v. Manchester United

Group B

Anderlecht v. Celtic FC

Paris Saint Germain v. Bayern Munich

Group C

Atletico Madrid v. Chelsea

Qarabag v. AS Roma

Group D

Juventus v. Olympiacos

Sporting Lisbon v. Barcelona

Do you expect things to go to form again, or will there be surprises in the second set of group stage games? What changes did you make to your fantasy teams, and on whom are you relying for big performances? Which games are you watching? Join in the comments below!