The 2023/24 UEFA Champions League (UCL) continues on Tuesday – which means it’s also time for the competition’s official Fantasy game. With plenty of UCL Fantasy articles coming throughout the season, our in-house expert FPL Reactions picks out the most appealing assets for those activating a chip in Matchday 4.
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The Wildcard is exactly the same as its FPL namesake, where unlimited squad surgery can occur at no cost. Whereas Limitless is a one-week chip like Free Hit but, this time, without any budget restrictions.
These team selections were originally featured on our sister site, Fantasy Football Community, where there is lots of UCL Fantasy content every Matchday, from budget picks to differentials.
UCL FANTASY MATCHDAY 4: BEST WILDCARD TEAM
- Janis Blaswich (€4.5m) – There aren’t a lot of goalkeepers keeping clean sheets during the group stage. This suggests that investing as little money as possible on the backline is a good move. Leipzig face Crvena Zvezda, providing a great shut-out opportunity for them.
- Yann Sommer (€4.5m) – This Inter side has managed a huge eight clean sheets in all competitions so far. Sommer is the cheapest and most reliable way into their strong defence.
- Hamari Traore (€4.5m) – Real Sociedad are hugely under the radar. Defensively, they’ve collected two clean sheets from three UCL matches. Full-back Traore comes in at a great price and is on 22 ball recoveries.
- Joao Cancelo (€6.0m) – Barcelona are another side on two clean sheets. Finding players with an attacking threat could be crucial and Cancelo offers exactly that, already racking up four attacking returns.
- David Raum (€4.5m) – Leipzig rely heavily on their attacking full-backs and Raum is one of them. By taking corners, he has an extra route to points. He’s also banked seven goal contributions this season, including two goals in the last three matches.
- Denzel Dumfries (€5.5m) – Inter play with a back-three system, giving Dumfries the licence to advance. The Dutchman has racked up more attacking returns (nine) than any other defender in Europe this season for club and country. He has also started all three of his side’s UCL matches.
- Giovanni Di Lorenzo (€5.5m) – Napoli maintained one of the continent’s best defences for this season. They face Union Berlin and their 12 successive defeats in all competitions. Add that to the fact he’s registered six goal contributions, it makes the Italian a superb option.
- Xavi Simons (€5.5m) – Leipzig have netted three times in two of their UCL games. One of the best ways into this attack is surely Simons. Although going through a recent slump in output, he’s collected four attacking returns in his last three outings.
- Jude Bellingham (€7.8m) – One of the game’s most consistent players so far. Not only has he returned in all three games but two brought double-digit hauls. He plays for a Real Madrid side about to come up against two of the worst defences in their next three matches. Having said that, if we get bad news on his recent injury, Calvin Stengs (€6.2m) of Feyenoord could be an ideal replacement.
- Marcus Thuram (€6.5m) – Although suffering from recent rotation, Thuram is playing out of position for a strong Inter side with a great-looking group. The Frenchman has already banked 11 attacking returns since the start of the season for club and country.
- Leroy Sane (€9.1m) – Bayern are one of the few teams in Europe who consistently maintain more than three goals per game in all competitions. Because of that, buying into their frontline is essential. Sane is one of the most in-form midfielders around after claiming 14 attacking returns this season.
- Brais Mendez (€6.8m) – Meanwhile, Real Sociedad have impressed, remaining unbeaten in their first three UCL matches. Talisman Mendez has bagged three goals, one assist and two ‘Player of the Match’ awards. He also takes his side’s corners.
- Harry Kane (€10.0m) – Investing in the focal point and penalty taker of Bayern feels like a no-brainer. Not only has Kane notched up an incredible 25 goals and assists since the start of 2023/24 but he’s also a very good captaincy option.
- Erling Haaland (€11.5m) – Manchester City have netted three goals in each Champions League match. This is a great indicator that investing in their attack is also crucial. Haaland may have gone through a recent dry patch but he’s back to his best after scoring seven goals and creating one assist in his last five matches for club and country. He’s also a very good captaincy option for the days when Kane doesn’t play. If his weekend knock rules him out, team-mate Julian Alvarez (€7.3m) would be a very good replacement.
- Santiago Gimenez (€7.5m) – Feyenoord have been a surprise package. The Dutch Champions have netted at least twice in all three games. And the focal point of their attack is Gimenez, whose return from injury in Matchday 3 was marked with two goals, ‘Player of the Match’ and 12 points. He’s also bagged a whopping 13 attacking returns in just seven matches.
UCL FANTASY MATCHDAY 4: BEST LIMITLESS TEAM
- Ederson (€6.0m) – Manchester City play at home in UCL Fantasy Matchday 4 against Young Boys, so it’s a great chance to keep a clean sheet. The English side are considerably stronger at home, adding to the appeal.
- Alex Meret (€4.9m) – Napoli have started to welcome back some key defenders from injury. Therefore they’ve kept two clean sheets in their last three matches in all competitions.
- Giovanni Di Lorenzo (€5.5m) – Doubling up on the Napoli defence could be hugely beneficial this week.
- David Raum (€4.5m) – This may be a limitless chip but it would still be unwise to leave out Raum. Not only do Leipzig look ready for a clean sheet, he scored in the reverse fixture versus Crvena Zvezda.
- Joao Cancelo (€6.0m) – The Portuguese full-back plays for a side that kept 26 league clean sheets last season and already has two from three UCL outings this time.
- Kieran Trippier (€6.0m) – Newcastle have one of the Premier League’s best defences and Dortmund failed to score in two of their first three UCL games. Trippier’s 11 FPL returns from 11 games include six assists.
- Denzel Dumfries (€5.5m) – He got forward to register two key passes and two crosses in the reverse fixture. Attacking returns always look possible even when the clean sheet goes up in smoke.
- Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (€9.5m) – Napoli aren’t just playing an out-of-form Union Berlin but a team that has conceded two or more goals in eight of the 12 defeats. To target this poor backline, go with the Georgian. Four goals and two assists have arrived during his last six for club and country.
- Phil Foden (€8.0m) – Man City regularly averages three goals or more per game. After failing to start in Saturday’s league win, there is a good chance Foden will do this time. He managed 10 points in Matchday 2.
- Jude Bellingham (€7.8m) – The Spanish side comes up against Braga, a team who have conceded two goals in all of their matches so far. On this chip, strong injury alternatives include Kingsley Coman (€8.0m) and Bruno Fernandes (€9.5m).
- Bukayo Saka (€9.6m) – The last time Arsenal played at home in Europe they dismantled a strong PSV side. Strong at home, this is where most of Saka’s returns tend to take place.
- Leroy Sane (€9.1m) – He’s already racked up 10 shots and six chances created in just three Champions League outings so far.
- Harry Kane (€10.0m) – Although seemingly tough on paper, opponents Galatasaray have conceded at least two goals in all three UCL games.
- Erling Haaland (€11.5m) – The Norwegian has 11 goals and two assists from 11 Premier League matches.
- Kylian Mbappe (€11.5m) – PSG have not failed to score three goals in any of their last five matches. They also put a trio past midweek opponents Milan. Since the start of 2023/24, Mbappe has collected a huge 18 goals and assists for club and country.