As the final round of the group stage approaches, UEFA.com takes a look at some midfielders that could cause a sensation on Matchday 6.
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Leipzig was one of the best players on Matchday 5, beating Club Brugge 5-0 in Belgium with Emil Forsberg (€ 7.3m) play a key role in the proceedings. Although the German side will not be able to reach the round of 16, victory over Manchester City on Matchday 6 would secure them a place in the UEFA Europa League and Forsberg could again play a key role against a side that failed to keep his clean sheet. through the group stage so far.
The Leipzig midfielder also deserves serious consideration Christopher Nkunku (€ 8.2m), who has already scored seven UEFA Champions League goals this season. The Frenchman has accumulated more #UCLfantasy points (57) than any other player to date.
The only player to tie Forsberg’s 18 point total on Matchday 5 was Sporting CP Pedro Gonçalves (€ 8.1 M), the attacking midfielder continuing his incredible form in the UEFA Champions League this season. After missing the first two days with injury, Gonçalves has since racked up four goals, two assists and a mammoth 42 points over the next three, including successive 18-point goals. If the 23-year-old made a fourth consecutive Group C start at Ajax, his #UCLfantasy points potential is clear, although Sporting are already certain of finishing second behind champions Netherlands, the coach. -Chief Rúben Amorim might be tempted to let key players rest.
If Sevilla are to reach the knockout stage, three points are needed against Salzburg which makes their midfielders attractive from a #UCLfantasy perspective. Lucas Ocampos (€ 8.2m) have recorded an attacking return in each of Sevilla’s last two Group G games and have accumulated 19 points in the last three matchdays, while Joan Jordan (€ 6.6m) is set to make a second start in a row after a great individual performance in the 2-0 win over Wolfsburg on Matchday 5 where he scored, collected three balls and earned 12 #UCLfantasy points after being named player of the match.
Another team that must win Matchday 6 to advance to the round of 16 is Atalanta, who are at home against Villarreal. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side have scored at least twice in four of their five Group F meetings so far and a similar attacking performance is expected against their Spanish opponents. Atalanta’s best midfielder in #UCLfantasy is Remo Freuler (€ 6.6m), which offers point potential not only through offensive returns but also through ball recoveries.
Freuler scored 25 fantasy points after five matchdays with one goal, one assist and 25 ball recoveries. Another asset of the Atalanta midfielder that is worth mentioning is Mario Pašalić(€ 7.9 million), who has recorded an attacking comeback in two of the last three matches.