#UCLfantasy Captain Marvel: matchday seven

As the knockout stage kicks off, you have four opportunities to pick the right captain, so maximise your chances.

Lionel Messi is, as ever, a strong captaincy contender
Lionel Messi is, as ever, a strong captaincy contender ©AFP

The UEFA Champions League is back after the winter break, and that also means the return of #UCLfantasy. With four different gamedays within matchday seven, #UCLfantasy managers are now offered four opportunities for double points from your captain, so UEFA.com has picked out a leading candidate from each day for you to consider.

TUESDAY 12 FEBRUARY

Marcus Rashford (€6.8m) vs Paris (H)

Yes, it is a tough draw against Paris, but Manchester United have been a different animal since Ole Gunnar Solskjær replaced Jose Mourinho at the helm, winning ten of their 11 games (and drawing the other) under the Norwegian. Rashford has become the first-choice striker at Old Trafford and has been one of the chief beneficiaries of Solskjær's tutelage. Rested in the Premier League at the weekend, the Englishman will be raring to go and is a strong candidate in the captaincy debate.

WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY

Heung-Min Son (€7.9m) vs Dortmund (H)

Spurs have been hit by some notable injuries in attacking areas of late, with both Harry Kane and Dele Alli currently on the sidelines. The onus has therefore fallen on Son to deliver and the South Korean has more than been up to the task. With ten goals in his last 11 Premier League outings, Son's captaincy credentials bear considering as Mauricio Pochettino's men host Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.

TUESDAY 19 FEBRUARY

Lionel Messi (€11.6m) vs Lyon (A)

A near permanent fixture in the Captain Marvel articles when available, Messi is always one of the first names on #UCLfantasy teamsheets, and for good reason. The Argentinian only played in four of Barcelona's six group games, but still returned six goals and an assist. Domestically, he continues to be pivotal and is currently the top goalscorer in the top five European leagues. An inviting tie against Lyon means it will be behind-the-sofa time if you have a Messi-less Fantasy squad.

WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY

Sergio Agüero (€10.3m) vs Schalke (A)

As Manchester City continue their quest for four trophies, Josep Guardiola will be relying on his most trusted players to perform, and that means Sergio Agüero is likely to figure prominently. City's all-time top scorer only started twice in the group stage but scored on both occasions and appears to be guaranteed a starting berth as his side to travel to Germany for the first leg with Schalke. This fixture comes on the last day of matchday seven, so if you've not managed to nail the armband up until that point, Agüero could be your #UCLfantasy saviour.

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