UCL Fantasy Matchday 13 (Final): Tips, Picks, Captain & Team

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Matchday 13 – the last round of the current Champions League season is here. Soon, the competition is over, and so does our beloved UCL Fantasy.

There will be a new Champions League format from the next season, so this is also our goodbye to the format with 13 matchdays.

From 2024/25 season, UCL will have 8 matchdays in the group stage (instead of 6) and 9 matchdays in the elimination phase (instead of 7) so we will likely see 17 matchdays of UCL Fantasy football in the next season (instead of 13). How this change influence fantasy football remains to be seen (perhaps there would be 2 matchdays with unlimited transfers – one after the group stage and one after the knockout round playoffs? But this is just our speculation).

But let’s get back from the future speculations to the current season and the upcoming final.

We have the last chance to do something about the overall ranking of our fantasy football teams, or to overtook our mini-league rivals.

But it will not be easy this time…

Here are our UCL Fantasy Final Tips, Pick, Captain, Odds & Team Selection for Matchday 13.

1. Strategy for UCL Fantasy Final – Matchday 13

Well, this is the final. So, we all have to pick our fantasy team basically from only 22 players that we think will start the match.

Many UCL Fantasy teams will be alike, so there is not much room to move up in ranking or in mini-leagues.

That is good news for those who lead their mini-league, and bad for those who are chasing. But…

There is still a way how to shake up the rankings and I will tell you how.

However, your strategy depends on your position in the mini-league.

There are two options:

You either lead your league and aim to retain the number one spot, or you chase and you want to overtake the rivals above you.

Let’s look at each option individually.

a) Strategy for mini-league leaders

If you are leading you UCL Fantasy mini-league before the final, you need to make sure, that your rivals will not score more points than you will.

So, the best approach here is to have exactly the same team as your rivals.

If you are leading, and you know your rival very well, you know how he thinks and how his team will approximately look in the final, this is what you should do.

Do your best to field exactly the same team as your rivals will. Try to captain the same player as he will.

If you both have exactly the same team, you both will score the same number of fantasy points. So, there is no chance that your rival will overtake you.

If you are leading your league, you have to play defensively and try to match the team and the captain of your rival.

b) Strategy for mini-league chasers

As you probably already know, the strategy for mini-league chasers will be the opposite of the strategy for mini-league leaders.

You have to differentiate your team from the team of the leader as much as you can. And of course, captain a different player.

This is a risky approach. Very risky.

You may lose a lot, but you may win big if you get it right.

You could go all-in into one team that you think will win the final.

Do you think that Real Madrid will beat Dortmund? Then go for 8 Real Madrid players. Do you think Dortmund will keep a clean sheet? Go for 5 Dortmund defenders (4 defenders + goalkeeper). You get my point.

If you are chasing, there is no room for diversification. Diversification may protect you from the attacks of players below you. But concentration on one team can create an opportunity to win your mini-league.

It is like on the financial market: “Diversification protects wealth, concentration creates wealth.”

Of course, the risk is much higher when you decide for concentration, but in the end, it might be worth it.

And if you have nothing to lose, and the win is the only option for you, you just have to go for it.

But do it wisely!

Support your opinions and your decisions with the data, odds, and every other piece of information you are able to collect.

That way you will be taking a “calculated risk”.

Go get it.

2. Probabilities of winning the Champions League final

Even on this matchday, we will use our Odds to probability calculator.

Let’s look at what bookies think and who do they favor to win in the Champions League Final.

TeamProbability of winning the Final
Real Madrid73.1 %
Dortmund26.9 %

Bookies favor Real Madrid over Dortmund, and they assigned a 73 % probability of winning the final to them.

Read more: Over 2.5 Goals Odds for UCL Fantasy MD13

3. Clean sheet odds for the final

Any chance of a clean sheet in the UCL Fantasy Final? Let’s look at bookies’ clean sheet odds.

You can check the odds in the separate article: Champions League Clean Sheet Odds.

According to bookies odds, Real Madrid is more likely to keep a clean sheet. But do not get too excited about clean sheets in the final.

Based on the clean sheet odds, we should expect only 0.48 clean sheets in the final, which is pretty low.

4. Goalscoring odds for the final

As expected, bookies assigned the highest probability of scoring a goal to Vinicius and Bellingham.

You can check our whole goalscoring odds table in the article: Champions League Goalscoring Odds.

5. Balls recovering heroes

Picking players that are good at recovering balls is the safe way to UCL fantasy points. From these two teams, these are players that do well in that metric:

  • Hummels (must-have)
  • Schlotterback (must-have)
  • Ryerson
  • Nacho
  • Emre Can

6. Best players to pick in the Matchday 13

We looked at key players to pick in UCL Fantasy Final (Matchday 13). We examine each position and each price bracket. You can check our separate articles here:

Looking for some differentials?

Make sure to also check our article: Differentials to consider for MD13.

7. Best captain for UCL Fantasy Final

Well, the captaincy is tricky in the final. It is an exceptional match.

We would say, you should captain the best player from the team you think will win.

Or, go for someone with stable points output – which is what we are going to do.

That’s why we are going for Hummels as our number one captain pick. His points output is so stable thanks to balls recovered. He has not score less than 4 points during the whole 2023/24 season. 

However, if you are looking for other captaincy option, you could go for Vinicius – he will likely be the most captained player by majority of UCL Fantasy managers.

If you think there will be a tie and the game will go to the extra time, you can also field Joselu or Brahim Diaz who will likely get minutes in the second half (and in potential extra time)

8. My final team selection and my strategy

I will do it differently this time. I am not going to post our “scout team” for the UCL Fantasy Final.

But I will post my personal team, and how it will likely look in the final.

My team is with 830 points currently 1346 th overall and I am 4th in my country’s (Slovakia) mini-league. I am also 17th in our FPL Reports League (big congrats to Ali Mahmoud who is leading our mini league!)

ucl fantasy matchday 13 league standing
ucl fantasy matchday 13 league standing

I am far away from my season target (which was to win my country mini-league and finish inside the top 100). I am disappointed that I will not beat my best overall position from the 2018/19 season when I finished 25th overall.

My aim for this matchday is to have fun and get to the top 1000 at least.

Buy I am not going to take any risks. I will be playing it safe and diversify my players to both teams.

I will try to outrank my competitors by playing it safe while hoping other managers will do mistakes or try to be too smart in the final.

I have not confirmed any transfers yet (and you should neither until we know the lineups), so it might change, but this is how I will likely line up for the UCL Fantasy Final:

ucl fantasy final team selection first draft md13
ucl fantasy final team selection first draft md13

So, choose your strategy wisely for the last matchday of UCL Fantasy. But most importantly, enjoy it.

We play the game for joy, so even if you do not achieve your mini-league goals after the final whistle, you should smile and be thankful for the ride we have during this season.

It was a hell of a journey.

Hopefully, UCL Fantasy Tips from FPL Reports helped you on your path to UCL Fantasy success. Good luck to all readers on the last matchday of the season.



Matej Šuľan

Fantasy Football enthusiast with two top 1k finishes in FPL. Best FPL overall rank: 119th in 2019/20 season. Five top 500 finishes in UCL Fantasy, best overall rank: 23rd in 2018/19 season. Founder of Fantasy Football Reports.

One thought on “UCL Fantasy Matchday 13 (Final): Tips, Picks, Captain & Team

  1. thanks man, I was following you through the year. I am chasing tonight since I am 2nd within mini leauge so I will bet on Chelsea

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