Some teams have already secured their spot in the playoff rounds of the illustrious campaign off UCL 2021, whereas some teams are in a do-or-die state. Matchday 5 of the 6 game group stage is getting intense and certainly e off the very big game week in the viewpoint of shaping this season’s playoff campaign. The UCL fantasy league too is at a very vital point as fantasy managers who are able to take a good lead in these last two matches of the group stage will certainly e receive a heavy boost in the future fantasy campaign of this tournament. This matchday too has some big names clashing each other like Chelsea and Juventus fighting for the top spot of their group whereas an exciting fixture arrives in the form of Manchester City and PSG. Man City and PSG both the in-form teams are also fighting for the top spot of their group and football lovers cannot wait for the excitement to unveil. Like every week, here is our list of players to watch out for in this matchday. Keeping in mind the form and fixtures, these are the players who make it to the rundown of our UCL Fantasy 2021/22 Matchday 5 Watchlist.
UCL Fantasy 2021/22 Matchday 5 Watchlist
1. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Defender) – 6.4 million
Liverpool has already secured their spot in the playoff rounds by qualifying the group stage as table toppers. It is safe to say that the German coach and his team dominated and outplayed all other teams thereby achieving 12 points out of 4 matches and cementing the spot at the top of the group of death. Even though the 5th match of the six match group stage is not a do or die for Liverpool, Klopp and his men will go out there at Anfield with just one view in mind, to win in the biggest fashion. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been in firing form, assisting 9 times in his last six games, 5 times in his last two matches, three against San Marino for England and twice against arsenal in the premier league last Saturday.
With Liverpool expected to retain their core squad against Porto, that too at home, Trent Alexander Arnold is someone who must be in the radar of players to watch out for this game week. The previous meetings of this two clubs also show the fact that Liverpool dominated the visitors with ease, with large margins. The 6.4 million-rated defender has already given 20 points in his campaign and it certainly one of those you want to sub in provided you have the funds and opportunity. Trent passes the watchlist criteria for UCL matchday 5 against Porto from Portugal.
2. Alphonso Davies (Defender) – 6.1 million
Dynamo Kyiv will be hosting Bayern in the fifth game of the 6 game group stages on 23rd of November. Bayern Munich has already cemented their spot at the top of the group with nearby opponents having half the points they have scored. As expected Bayern Munich are the favorites to win this fixture, just like they dominated their last champions league game against Benfica. Alphonso Davies passes the criteria of being in the rundown of players to watch out for, in this game week of UEFA champions league with flying colors.
The left back is rated with a price tag of 6.1 million and is selected by 14% of global UCL fantasy players. In return Alphonso Davies gave a total of 20 points in three games scoring at least 6 in each of them. Dynamo Kyiv are at the bottom of the table with -7 goal difference and on the contrary Bayern Munich has a goal difference of plus 15, the highest in this competition so far. We expect goals from Munich coming from assist made by Alphonso Davies and also clean sheet is upon the ranks as Bayern Munich has considered just two goals in this entire competition.
3. Marco Reus (Midfielder) – 8.0 million
Marco Reus is one of those names seeking redemption this season, especially in the Champions league, as he recently began an encouraging form and scored a seven point haul in the previous UCL meeting with Ajax from Netherlands. Not only this Marco also scored against is Bundesliga opponent on Saturday with a dominating display and also scored in the Bundesliga game week prior to that against Leipzig. Dortmund is second in the group stage table and it’s tied with the same number of points with sporting Lisbon. Added emphasis will be given in this game as it will possibly determine who goes through to the next round of the champions league, are do or die indeed.
Dortmund’s goal difference tally will not be of much aid to them as they are six goals behind Sporting, and if the Portuguese side manages to get a point out of this fixture it will be highly beneficial to them. But the form that Reus is in, is possibly one of the biggest threats of the Borussia lineup in the attacking department and Marco passes our criteria of players to watch out for. The midfielder is given a price tag of 8 million and can also prove to be a differential pick as he is selected by a mere percentage of 2 out of global UCL fantasy league managers.
4. Hakan Çalhanoğlu (Midfielder) – 8.4 million
Inter Milan will be facing Shakhtar Donetsk in the fifth matchday with a knife for the top spot dethroning Real Madrid. On the other hand Shakhtar Donetsk at the bottom of the table with goal difference of -8 and just one point out of the four matches played. The contrast of form in both the teams certainly rise a feeling that inter Milan will be going hard on their visitors and the majority stake of the goal threat of inter Milan comes from the the foot of Hakan Çalhanoğlu.
In his mission game against city rivals AC Milan, Hakan Çalhanoğlu squeezed out a point from his former side, and also on the match against napoli he scored a penalty at the 25th minute. A player on top form and also on penalty duties, which team more than enough capable to defeat their visitors, Hakan passes the criteria to be on the players to watch out for in the penultimate match day of the group stages UEFA champions league.
5. Karim Benzema (Forward) – 10.2 million
Karim Benzema is one of the best players in the world right now, and is looking to utilize his form in the UCL match day 5 as well. His club Real Madrid is on top of the group and the forward is looking sharp to update his aim for the golden boot race, against Sheriff away. Karim Benzema has selected percentage of 18% which is absolutely justified for his ratio of points returned, for his 10.2 million-rated price tag in the game.
The game also holds value for Real Madrid’s intention of topping the group stage head of Inter Milan from Italy. So it is expected that Real Madrid will go all guns blazing at the newly promoted side from the Moldovan first division, who surprised everyone in the first game against Real Madrid at Spain getting their first ever victory in this esteemed competition.
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