Matchday 4 in the Champions League can define whether a team will make it out of their group or face dropping into the Europa League in the New Year. We take a look at the studs and value options to consider from each position for your DraftKings roster.
Erling Haaland ($11,100)
Haaland is in the form of his life with 10 goals in his last six Bundesliga and Champions League matches for Dortmund. The Norwegian was unable to represent his country in the recent international break because of restrictions placed on the squad for COVID-19. A fresh Haaland returned to club duties to score four times at Hertha Berlin on Saturday. Haaland has scored more goals in this season’s UCL than Club Bruges has as a team. The 20-year-old has all the attributes to be this tournament’s all-time leading scorer.
Moise Kean ($8,000)
When you think of Paris Saint-Germain’s attack, you might think of Kylian Mbappé ($10,000) and Neymar ($10,700). But Moise Kean is making the most of his loan spell from Everton with five goals in his last six matches for the French champions. That’s the same return as Mbappe and three more goals than Neymar has managed all season. Kean looks to play for a permanent move to Paris, and a few more goals will help his cause. PSG could really use a victory over RB Leipzig if last season’s finalists hope to make it out of Group H.
Others to consider: Álvaro Morata ($9,000)
Marcus Rashford ($9,600)
Four times last season, Marcus Rashford went without scoring in five consecutive matches or more. If he fails to find the net against Basaksehir, it will extend his current goal drought to five games. Rashford has not scored since his hat-trick against RB Leipzig at Old Trafford, but after missing England’s recent games, he should be fresh enough to cause the Turkish side a few problems. Manchester United needs Rashford to be at his best if they are to avoid another embarrassing defeat to Basaksehir.
Paulo Dybala ($9,100)
Supersub Paulo Dybala made an immediate impact for Juventus when he came off the bench for the final 23 minutes in the first meeting with Ferencvaros. It was enough time for Dybala to score his side’s third goal and have an assist for the fourth. It hasn’t been the best of seasons for the Argentine, but a repeat performance this week against the Hungarian side could kick-start his season. This is the type of game Dybala should shine in and lead to him starting more games rather than come off the bench, which has been the case recently.
Other to consider: Ousmane Dembélé (8,100)
It might seem strange picking a defender that was part of RB Leipzig’s defense that conceded five goals to Manchester United earlier in the competition, but the Spaniard has put that nightmare behind him. Angeliño has scored five goals in his last nine league and cup games to highlight just how much he likes to get forward and join attacks. He also provided an assist in his side’s 2-1 win at home over Paris Saint-Germain three weeks ago. If he gets a chance, Angeliño will not be afraid to try his luck and attempt to join the attack.
Juan Cuadrado ($5,800)
Juventus managed their first clean sheet in five league and cup matches when they beat Cagliari 2-0 in Turin on Saturday, and Juan Cuadrado played a big part in that. If Cuadrado and company can keep Ferencvaros goalless, it will be the first time this season the Italian champions will have had back-to-back shutouts. On home soil, Juventus should dominate this game, allowing the Colombian to be a threat in the opposition’s half — which he was in the first meeting when he had an assist for Álvaro Morata’s opening goal in a 4-1 win.
Others to consider: Francesco Acerbi ($5,200)
Roman Bürki ($5,300)
With five clean sheets in his eight games this season, Bürki is the goalkeeper to consider in this slate of matches. He has not been beaten in his last two UCL ties, and without writing Club Bruges off completely, Burki should have a straightforward contest where he’s not tested very often. Burki was, however, beaten twice on Saturday at Hertha Berlin, but one of those goals came courtesy of a penalty. If Dortmund can score early, it could and should be a third consecutive clean sheet for the Swiss shot stopper.
Others to consider: Pepe Reina ($4,900)
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