UCL Fantasy Matchday 6: Tips, Captain, Picks & Team Selection

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The last Matchday of Fantasy Champions League Group stage is here.

It is the last chance to do something about your rank and mini-league position before half of all UCL Fantasy options disappear.

When elimination round begins, teams of UCL Fantasy managers will look very similar, because there will be very few players to pick from.

So, after the Matchday 6, movement in overall ranking will be more limited.

There is only one thing to do about that. Exploit all opportunities that Matchday 6 offers.

Let’s dive in our UCL Fantasy Tips for Matchday 6.

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Do you want to get better at UCL Fantasy? Read our article about Essential Tips for UCL Fantasy Success.

1. The most important tip for Matchday 6

Many teams have already secured their R16 spot (or the 1st place in the group), we can expect a lot of rotation again.

Pick players (especially your captain) from teams that have still something to play for.

Otherwise you may find your captain sitting on the bench or not even in the squad.

So, which teams we should (not) focus on?

Teams we should not focus on in Matchday 6

Manchester City, Bayern and Chelsea are already group winners, so they are most likely to rotate some of their key players. But, many of their key players were rested in MD5, so we actually might see some strong line ups from those teams. 

Inter and Dortmund have certainty of 2nd place in the group with no possibility to get to the 1st spot. Sevilla and Barcelona have the certainty of 3rd place in their groups.

And Plzeň, Celtic and Kodaň will finish 4th in their groups no matter what.  

However, keep in mind that despite having secured spot in their groups, some teams might still play full strength in order to win prize money for Champions League match victory and due to the respect of oposition.

Teams we should definitely focus on in Matchday 6

So, which teams we should focus on?

Liverpool, Napoli, Brugge, Porto Benfica and PSG are in R16, but they have not secured 1st place in the group yet, so we do not expect a lot of rotation from them, as we expect them to fight for the no 1. spot in their groups. 

Tottenham, Sporting, Frankfurt, Marseille, AC Milan, Salzburg, Leipzig, Sachtar – they all still have a chance to advance into R16.

And of course, there are few teams from the bottom half of tables that still have chance for 3rd spot in their groups: Ajax, Rangers, Atletico, Leverkusen, Zagreb, Juventus and Macabi Haifa.

So, there is still a lot of UCL Fantasy assets to choose from..

2. Best captain for Matchday 6

Tuesday captain pick: Salah (NAP (H))

For Tuesday, the most appealing fixtures for captaincy are Liverpool vs. Napoli, Plzeň vs. Barcelona,  and Marseille vs. Tottenham. Picking a captain from teams that are already in R16 or from teams that have no chance of going to the next round of the Champions League is extremely tricky. 

With Lewandowski being rested for Matchday 6, we switched our Tuesday captain to Salah. 

Other captain picks for Tuesday: Kane, Torres

Wednesday captain pick: Mabppe (JUV (A))

The standout fixtures for the captaincy on Wednesday are Real Madrid vs. Celtic, Manchester City vs. Sevilla, Juventus vs PSG, and Chelsea vs. Zagreb.

A lot of players from those games could do very well.

We picked Mbappé as our captain for Wednesday. He is proven UCL fantasy asset, a talisman for PSG, and so far he returned fantasy points in 4 of his 5 matches. He can score against anyone and Juventus defense has been very leaky this season. 

Other captain picks for Wednesday: Vinicius, De Bruyne, Sterling

3. Balls recovering heroes in UCL Fantasy

Picking defenders (and defensive midfielders) who are excellent at recovering balls had been a great UCL Fantasy strategy in previous seasons.

Important note: there are fewer balls recovered in the current 2022/23 UCL Fantasy season in comparison to the previous seasons. 

Before Matchday 6 in the 2020/21 season, Cristian Romero led the balls recovered table with 60 points, followed by Ramalho on 51 and Wober on 50.

Previous season, Manuel Akanji leads the balls recovered table with “only” 41 balls recovered. He was followed by Lauper on 40 and Mandava on 39 balls recovered.

2022/23 season is similar to 2021/22 season in terms of balls recovered. Hincapl has 44 balls recovered, Šutalo 40 and Di Lorenzo 39.

This season, balls recovered are not as huge advantage in picking UCL Fantasy players as they were during 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.

4. Strategy and tips for MD6

What is the best approach to UCL Fantasy Matchday 6? We will get unlimited transfers before R16. So you can take risks and bring in some differential players that you do not want in your team a long-term. 

If you have a limitless wildcard chip left, use it now. After Matchday 6, our budget will increase by 5 million in R16, so this chip will not have such an effect as now. 

Check our limitless wildcard team for your inspiration.

Fixtures to target

Which fixtures you should target? We always use bookies odds to help us determine that. Let’s look at which teams have the highest chance of winning their match in Matchday 6 and to score a lot of goals in that game:

  • Real Madrid – 81 % to win, 58 % to score more than 2.5 goals
  • Manchester City – 79 % to win, 53 % to score more than 2.5 goals
  • Barcelona – 76 % to win, 49 % to score more than 2.5 goals
  • Chelsea – 73 % to win, 45 % to score more than 2.5 goals
  • Bayern – 67 % to win, 45 % to score more than 2.5 goals
  • AC Milan – 62 % to win, 32 % to score more than 2.5 goals

Key players to pick in Matchday 6

We look at key players to pick in UCL Fantasy for MD6. We examine each position and each price bracket. You can check our separate articles here:

5. Bookies odds

As usual, we looked at what bookies think about the Matchday 6 of Champions League Fantasy.

We checked the clean sheet odds to determine which teams are most likely to keep a clean sheet in the MD6 and goalscoring odds to determine which players are most likely to score a goal in MD6. 

It can be very helpful when selecting the defense of your UCL Fantasy team or choosing your captain.

We used our Odds to probability calculator for converting bookies’ odds into probabilities. 

Clean sheet odds for MD6

Bookies favor Real Madrid, Manchester City to keep a clean sheet with 48 % probability. Barcelona (47 %) and Chelsea (46 %) follow. Bookies expect 7.85 clean sheets in Matchday 6. You can find the full Champions League clean sheet odds table here.

Goalscoring odds for MD6

As usual, Haaland leads goalscoring odds for Matchday 6. Probabiliries for more players available here: Champions League Goalscoring Odds.

6. UCL Fantasy Team Selection Matchday 6

Let’s finish our preview for the Matchday 6 of UCL Fantasy with our scout team selection.

We will likely make 1 or 2 changes to our team before the deadline. We will post our final team on our Twitter @FplReports one hour before the first kickoff.

ucl fantasy matchday 6 team selection updated
ucl fantasy matchday 6 team selection updated


The last Matchday of the Fantasy Champions League Group Stage starts in just a few days. Make an informed decision about your UCL Fantasy team and prepare it for success. Matchday 6 is the last chance to do something with your UCL Fantasy team before the R16!

Good luck!

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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.