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Champions League Fantasy Football: What the numbers say for Matchday 7

Ahead of the round of 16 first legs, UEFA.com crunches the numbers to find out which players are predicted for big points hauls.

Predicting which Fantasy players are going to perform on any given matchday is a difficult task. Through crunching the numbers, a projected points total for each player has been calculated based on the player's historical performance in the UEFA Champions League. Goals, assists, clean sheets and the likelihood of playing are the major parameters used in our projections.

The top projected players for each position for Matchday 7 are given below. As ever, check latest team news and possible line-ups before making your final selection on #UCLfantasy, presented by Playstation.

Pick your Fantasy team for Matchday 7

GOALKEEPERS

PlayerPriceClubOpponentsHome/AwayGamedayProjected points
Edouard Mendy€6.4mChelseaLOSCHome22 February6.0
Remko Pasveer€5.1mAjaxBenficaAway23 February5.9
Wojciech Szczęsny€5.8mJuventusVillarrealAway22 February5.9
Ivo Grbić€5.0mLOSCChelseaAway22 February5.8
Alisson Becker€6.2mLiverpoolInterAway16 February5.8
Highlights: Chelsea 4-0 Juventus

Edouard Mendy conceded just one goal in his five Group H appearances for Chelsea and with no qualified team scoring fewer goals than LOSC in the group stage, the algorithm strongly rates his chances of a clean sheet on Matchday 7. There is similar confidence in Ajax shot-stopper Remko Pasveer, with the Dutch side having conceded just one goal in their last eight games in all competitions.

The cheapest option in the top five projected goalkeepers is LOSC's Ivo Grbić. The reigning French champions only conceded four times in the group stage and will likely set up to frustrate Chelsea on Matchday 7. Should they prove successful, Grbić will represent excellent value for money.

DEFENDERS

PlayerPriceClubOpponentsHome/AwayGamedayProjected points
João Cancelo€6.5mMan CitySporting CPAway15 February7.9
Antonio Rüdiger€5.9mChelseaLOSCHome22 February7.3
Éder Militão€5.7mReal MadridParisAway15 February7.2
Daley Blind€5.6mAjaxBenficaAway23 February7.1
Trent Alexander-Arnold€6.6mLiverpoolInterAway16 February7.1
Joshua Kimmich€6.8mBayernSalzburgAway16 February6.9
Thiago Silva€5.6mChelseaLOSCHome22 February6.9
Noussair Mazraoui€5.1mAjaxBenficaAway23 February6.8
Leonardo Bonucci€5.8mJuventusVillarrealAway22 February6.7
Nicolás Otamendi€5.2mBenficaAjaxHome23 February6.7
Highlights: Club Brugge 1-5 Man. City

João Cancelo has been the standout Fantasy defender so far this season and #UCLfantasy managers have taken notice, with the Manchester City man featuring in 27% of teams at the time of writing. His ability to score points from a variety of different avenues means he tops the projected defenders list ahead of the Matchday 7 fixture with Sporting CP.

Fellow Premier League defenders Antonio Rüdiger, Thiago Silva and Trent Alexander-Arnold are also tipped to score well, while the algorithm has recognised that Bayern's Joshua Kimmich has been providing attacking contributions in the Bundesliga lately and could be set to transfer that form to the UEFA Champions League.

Ajax pair Daley Blind and Noussair Mazraoui both registered attacking returns during the group stage, and they will face off against Nicolás Otamendi's Benfica on Matchday 7. Otamendi scored has scored an impressive 40 #UCLfantasy points so far – second only to Cancelo among defenders.

MIDFIELDERS

PlayerPriceClubOpponentsHome/AwayGamedayProjected points
Leroy Sané€9.4mBayernSalzburgAway16 February9.1
Mohamed Salah€10.9mLiverpoolInterAway16 February8.8
Riyad Mahrez€9.4mMan CitySporting CPAway15 February8.5
Serge Gnabry€10.4mBayernSalzburgAway16 February8.2
Pedro Gonçalves€8.2mSporting CPMan CityHome15 February8.1
Bruno Fernandes€10.9mMan UtdAtléticoAway23 February7.9
Kingsley Coman€8.6mBayernSalzburgAway16 February7.6
Sadio Mané€10.3mLiverpoolInterAway16 February7.6
Marcelo Brozović€7.2mInterLiverpoolHome16 February7.6
Arnaut Danjuma€6.8mVillarrealJuventusHome22 February7.5
Highlights: Bayern 3-0 Barcelona

It will be a surprise to no one that Leroy Sané is top of the projected midfielders for Matchday 7, with the winger having accumulated more #UCLfantasy points (65) than any other player so far. Those looking to double up on the Bayern midfield may also consider Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman, who boast seven attacking returns between them in the UEFA Champions League this season.

Liverpool team-mates and recent Africa Cup of Nations final opponents Sadio Mané and particularly Mohamed Salah will be highly sought after by #UCLfantasy managers, while the pick of Manchester City's midfield is Riyad Mahrez, who started all six of his side’s Group A fixtures, scoring five goals.

At the cheaper end of the scale, Marcelo Brozović is an option with the Inter midfielder having gained most of his points through ball recoveries and Player of the Match awards, while Arnaut Danjuma has provided excellent value for money to date although it should be noted he has not played much football lately.

FORWARDS

PlayerPriceClubOpponentsHome/AwayGamedayProjected points
Robert Lewandowski€12.0mBayernSalzburgAway16 February8.8
Sébastien Haller€9.3mAjaxBenficaAway23 February8.8
Cristiano Ronaldo€11.4mMan UtdAtléticoAway23 February8.2
Kylian Mbappé€10.9mParisReal MadridHome15 February8.1
Karim Benzema€10.4mReal MadridParisAway15 February8.0
Antony€8.0mAjaxBenficaAway23 February7.9
Lionel Messi€11.3mParisReal MadridHome15 February7.8
Paulo Dybala€9.3mJuventusVillarrealAway22 February7.6
Diogo Jota€8.4mLiverpoolInterAway16 February7.6
Dušan Tadić€9.2mAjaxBenficaAway23 February7.6
Highlights: Bayern 5-2 Benfica

The most heavily-owned player in #UCLfantasy, Robert Lewandowski, finds himself joint top of the list alongside top scorer Sébastien Haller, who found the net in all six of Ajax's group stage games. Perennial UEFA Champions League performers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are also options having scored 11 goals between them, while Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema are more than useful alternatives in the premium bracket.

Those looking to spend a little less could do a lot worse than Haller's Ajax team-mate Antony, with the Brazilian having scored twice to go with five assists. Diogo Jota is also available at a generous price and #UCLfantasy managers should note the Liverpool man has been amongst the goals in recent domestic action.