#UCLfantasy popular picks and potential differentials

With a big week for #UCLFantasy in the offing, UEFA.com picks out the high-fliers and hidden gems.

Bayern's Joshua Kimmich is the most popular defender
Bayern's Joshua Kimmich is the most popular defender ©Getty Images

With several teams looking to book their spots in the round of 16, UEFA.com picks out the high-fliers and hidden Fantasy gems as we head into matchday five.

GOALKEEPERS

Ederson (€5.5m) vs Lyon (A)
Successive clean sheets in the UEFA Champions League means Manchester City's Ederson has returned to the top of the goalkeeper ownership charts. While Tuesday's trip to France is a tough fixture given Lyon's firepower, City will be out for revenge after losing the reverse fixture at the Etihad. Guardiola's outfit have also been incredibly difficult to break down away from home this season, conceding just twice in ten matches in all competitions on their travels.
Selected by: 20%

Potential differential
Roman Bürki (€5.6m) vs Club Brugge (H)
The Dortmund goalkeeper features in just 2% of Fantasy teams, a somewhat surprising statistic given the German side did not concede a goal in their first three group matches. A 1-0 win at Club Brugge on matchday one was one of those occasions, and Dortmund will look to complete the double over the Belgian side on Wednesday. In addition to clean sheets, Bürki has made an impressive 16 saves across the first four matchdays so he offers plenty of points potential.
Selected by: 2%

DEFENDERS

Popular pick
Joshua Kimmich (€6.0m) vs Benfica (H)
Kimmich is the highest owned defender by some distance, and while he hasn't yet provided the attacking returns that many had hoped for, he does have three clean sheets to his name already. Bayern may be faltering a little on the domestic front, but in the UEFA Champions League they have conceded just once in four games so Kimmich remains a solid Fantasy asset.
Selected by: 36%

Potential differential
Aymeric Laporte (€5.5m) vs Lyon (A)
A large part of Manchester City's defensive resolve this season has been the form of the Frenchman. An ever-present in both the Premier League and UEFA Champions League, Guardiola's go-to centre-back also displayed his attacking threat by scoring in the matchday three victory at Shakhtar Donetsk. With City in a strong position to qualify for the knockout stages, Laporte could be a worthwhile investment in the long run.
Selected by: 4%

MIDFIELDERS

Popular pick
Mohamed Salah (€11.0m) vs Paris (A)
Liverpool's defeat to Crvena zvezda in matchday four and thrown the qualification door wide open in Group C, so Wednesday's trip to Paris looks to be pivotal for the fate of both teams. If Liverpool are to remain in a strong position, they will need Salah to be at his best. The Egyptian has scored eight goals in his last nine games for club and country and will spearhead the Reds' attack at the Parc des Princes.
Selected by: 21%

Potential differential
Noussair Mazraoui (€5.1m) vs AEK (A)
For a cheap differential asset in midfield, look no further than Mazraoui. The Ajax man was on the scoresheet in matchdays two and three, making him excellent value for money at just €5.1m. Ajax will look to book their last-16 spot when they travel to AEK – who are currently point-less in Group E – on Tuesday.
Selected by: 3%

FORWARDS

Popular pick
Lionel Messi (€11.6m) vs Napoli (A)
An absence of two matchdays has dropped Messi's ownership a little but he still remains the most popular choice in Fantasy front lines. Now free from injury, the Argentinian will make his return to the Barcelona side as they visit Eindhoven on Wednesday. Messi scored a hat-trick in the reverse fixture in matchday one, so the PSV defence will be expecting another long evening.
Selected by: 36%

Potential differential
Moussa Marega (€7.6m) vs Schalke (H)
Marega's price has already risen to €7.6m but that looks like a bargain when you consider he is the third highest Fantasy points scorer in the forward bracket. With three goals and an assist to his name in this season's competition, the Malian international will be Porto's chief threat as they look to secure their passage to the knockout rounds when they host Schalke on Wednesday. With less than 5% ownership, Marega is a Fantasy asset worth considering.
Selected by: 4%

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