UCL Fantasy Tips for Matchday 4: Captain, Balls recovered

Now, when the third round of Fantasy Champions League is finished, we have plenty of time to think about our teams for Matchday 4. We have lot of data to analyze in order to prepare our UCL Fantasy squads for reverse fixtures. 

We will look at best captain picks, then move on balls recovering heroes and at the end we finish the article with our scout squad.

Let’s dive in to captain options for Matchday 4.

Tips for Matchday 4 of UCL Fantasy

Best captain for Matchday 4

Tuesday captain pick: Cristiano Ronaldo (FER (H))

Only one assist in Matchday 3 against Ferencvaros was surely disappointment for 17 % of UCL Fantasy managers who own Cristiano Ronaldo. It was unexpected output for a player of his qualities.

Juventus face Ferencvaros again on Tuesday of Matchday 4 and Portuguese will be surely hungry to add another Champions League goal to his tally. He is Juventus top-scorer in Serie A with 5 goals in only 3 matches.

Ronaldo‘s underlying statistics from Serie A are astonishing. However, they might a bit distorted by his low game time. Cristiano Ronaldo is averaging 6.79 shots and 0.85 key passes per 90 minutes in Italian league. His expected involvement is also very solid with 1.67 expected goals and 0.07 expected assists per 90 minutes.

Ronaldo is our number one captain pick for Tuesday.

However, we will mention some other great captaincy picks for Tuesday as well.

With four goals, Erling Braut Haaand is a joint top goal-scorer of this Champions League campaign (alongside Rashford, Jota and Morata). Based on Official UCL statistics, he managed 8 goal attempts in first three matchdays. Only Lionel Messi managed more. Relatively easy fixture against Brugge makes him armband contender for Tuesday.

Lionel Messi could be also captaincy pick. However, Barcelona’s performance has not been at the level we were used to, so far. So probably, do no expect big haul from Messi.  

Wednesday captain pick: Robert Lewandowski (SBG (H))

Robert Lewandowski finally found the back of the net in current Champions League season and he registered first double-digit haul in UCL Fantasy. We expect the reverse fixture of Bayern against Salzburg to be an open match again, just as in MD3. We could see a lot of goals between both teams.

That makes Robert Lewandowski in our opinion the best captain pick for Wednesday. In Bundesliga, he has best offensive underlying statistic from all players: 7.13 shots, 1.48 key passes, 1.81 xG and 0.29 xA per 90 minutes.

Polish international is owned by 47% of UCL Fantasy managers. So, he is going to be heavily captained in Matchday 4.

If you consider somebody else as your captain for Wednesday games, look at Liverpool and Man City players.

Mohamed Salah could do well in the reverse fixture against Atalanta. It could be very open match just as in previous matchday.

From Manchester City players, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are the best picks. However, the rotation is the worry.

“Allocate your funds wisely, use the knowledge of who is best at recovering balls, and you will do well in next matchdays of UCL fantasy.”

Balls recovering heroes

As we have already said in our previous UCL Fantasy Tips, focusing on players who are good at recovering balls can provide your squad with vital edge.

Let’s look at players best at it.

Despite not playing a single minute in previous matchday, Cristian Romero is still leading balls recovered statistics. He is averaging insane 16.5 balls recovered per match.

Neither Mats Hummels, who was recovering balls at rate 13 per game, featured in previous round. But if he is fit for Matchday 4, with his clean sheet potential, attacking threat, balls recovering ability, favorable fixtures and only 5.0 price tag, he is probably the best defender to own not just in MD4, but in many after that, too. He just has everything.

Manchester United midfielder Fred is on 12 balls recovered per match. But he could be rotated in Matchday 4, again. The uncertainty of start is decreasing his potential as a “balls recovered hero”. Currently, there are better options similarly priced as him for the midfield of your UCL fantasy squad.

Manuel Akanji is on 11 recovered balls per game. He could be your Matts Hummels alternative, if German does not feature again.

Joe Gomez improved his numbers, and he is now averaging 10.67 balls recovered per game. He registered an assist against Atalanta what helps him to become most scoring player in the game alongside his teammate Trent Alexander Arnold. However, do not rely on attacking returns from Joe Gomez. Clean sheets and balls recovered are still his most probable source of points.

Casemiro, Wilmar Barrios and Danilo are three cheap midfielders that also are recovering balls at higher rate than 9 balls recovered per match. They can almost “guarantee” you extra three points almost in every game.

So, if you like to allocate you funds mainly into heavy hitters, these cheap balls recovering heroes will allow you to do that. Some of them has higher expected points output than many of their more expensive teammates.

Allocate your funds wisely, use the knowledge of who is best at recovering balls, and you will do well in next matchdays of UCL fantasy.

Scout picks for UCL Fantasy Matchday 4

At the end, let’s look at our scout picks for Matchday for Fantasy Champions League. You can find it separate article: UCL Fantasy Scout squad for Matchday 4.

Few more tips for Matchday 4 are yet to come

Before the start of Matchday 4 of Champions League, we will bring you few more UCL Fantasy tips: Clean sheet odds and goalscoring probabilities for MD4.