#UCLfantasy matchday ten: The Scout squad
With everything to play for in the quarter-final second legs, home advantage could be all-important – and that is reflected in The Scout squad with 11 of the 15 players selected in familiar surroundings this week.
Marc-André ter Stegen (€6.0m) has four clean sheets in eight UEFA Champions League games this season – and three in a row in all competitions – including one in Barcelona’s win at Old Trafford last Wednesday. Alisson Becker (€5.8m), meanwhile, has conceded just once in three knockout matches this term. His Liverpool side visit Porto, against whom they posted two clean sheets in last year’s round of 16 and again in the first leg.
Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson (€5.6m) returns from suspension for the trip to Porto, who are represented by budget pick Éder Militão (€4.4m); at that price, the Brazilian is a low-risk gamble and has a clean sheet and a goal to his name this season. The remaining three defenders are also chosen with an eye on freeing up funds further up the pitch: Juventus right-back João Cancelo (€5.0m) has harvested 14 points in his last two games while Clément Lenglet (€5.0m) and Nélson Semedo (€4.6m) are cheap routes into the Barcelona back line.
Two more Liverpool players make the grade in midfield. In-form Sadio Mané (€9.1m), who got a hat-trick at Porto last term and has eight goals in his last nine club outings, features alongside bargain buy James Milner (€5.7m), who has netted 33 #UCLfantasy points this season – 22 of them since matchday five. Goals are anticipated at the City of Manchester Stadium, where visitors Tottenham are represented by Heung-Min Son (€7.9m) – likely to play further forward in Harry Kane’s absence – and Leroy Sané (€9.0m) and Raheem Sterling (€9.6m) make up the Manchester City delegation. The German has four goals in his last four UEFA Champions League matches, while Sterling scored twice at Crystal Palace on Sunday to take his tally to nine goals in as many games for club and country.
With each facing a tempting home fixture, the temptation was to squeeze in both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo (€12.1m), but ultimately budget restrictions meant only the Juve man made the cut, based on a hat-trick against a usually miserly Atlético Madrid in Turin in the last round. Moussa Marega (€8.1m) will be looking to add to his 47 points, with four of his six goals having come at the Estádio do Dragão. David Neres (€6.9m) is a more left-field choice; the Brazilian was on target in the famous victory at Real Madrid in the last-16 second leg, and has since rattled in six goals in eight Ajax appearances – including one against Juve last time out.