Fantasy: Champions League round 3

Our fantasy scout looks ahead to some key fixtures and shortlists 3 players you should consider for the next round of games in the Champions League.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are expected to return to Champions League action this week, with the groups almost at the halfway stage. Here are 3 games to look out for when managing your fantasy football team:

Barcelona v Manchester City

The legendary Pep Guardiola returns to the stadium where he carved out his name as one of football’s most successful coaches. Barca have knocked City out of the competition in two of the previous three seasons, and haven’t lost a home group stage game since 2009. The Manchester side are up against it, but if anyone can upset MSN in their own backyard, it’s their former manager.

Real Madrid v Legia Warszawa

The reigning champions haven’t had it all their own way so far in Group F, requiring an injury-time winner to see off Sporting before being held to a draw by Borussia Dortmund. Legia, however, are likely to be accommodating opposition. The Poles lost 6-0 at home to BVB and lack experience at this level; their last victory in Europe’s top competition came against Blackburn Rovers, way back in 1995.

Leicester City v Copenhagen

Claudio Ranieri’s men will look to continue their 100% record against Copenhagen, who are also unbeaten in Group G. With past victories over Manchester United and Celtic in this competition, the Danes are used to surprising British opposition. Taking the Foxes’ poor domestic form into account, it won’t be a surprise if they added Leicester City to that list.

Fantasy Tips

Cristiano Ronaldo: Forward, Real Madrid: £8.3m

With 95 goals in 127 games, Ronaldo is the top scorer in Champions League history. Expect him to move nearer to his century on Tuesday, against an opposition that has conceded eight in two games.

Lionel Messi: Forward, Barcelona: £8.3m

Although injuries are starting to creep in, the Argentine is still the world’s best player, and Barcelona’s talisman. Messi has nine in nine games this season, and boasts a stellar record against the English clubs.

Riyad Mahrez: Midfield, Leicester City: £7.7m

The 2015/16 Player of the Year has yet to hit the dizzy heights of last season in the Premier League, but scored twice in Leicester’s victory at Club Brugge. He could thrive against a Copenhagen side traditionally vulnerable away from home in Europe.

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