Fantasy Focus: Fernandes and Lukaku tipped to shine in Champions League
After an exhilarating Matchday 1, the UEFA Champions League returns to action in midweek. Last week’s action saw several star players stand up and being counted for their teams and Matchday 2 is likely to be no different. With that in mind, we look at a few names who can shine in the upcoming matches and help you score big fantasy points.
Player: Kingsley Coman
Team: Bayern Munich
Match: Lokomotiv Moscow vs Bayern Munich
Scorer of the goal that won Bayern Munich the UEFA Champions League final last season, Kingsley Coman has started the ongoing campaign in a rich vein of form. The pacey French winger has stepped up in the absence of Bayern’s sidelined wide man Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry and will be keen to hold on to his spot in the first team with more solid performances. He scored twice as well as assisted once in the Bavarians’ win in their opening Champions League fixture against Atletico Madrid last week and will pose a threat going forward in Russia in midweek.
Player: Romelu Lukaku
Team: Inter Milan
Match: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Inter Milan
The Belgian forward bagged a brace in Inter Milan’s first Champions League outing of the campaign and will be one of their main threats against Shakhtar Donetsk. A pacey and powerful forward who is the focal point of Inter’s attack, Romelu Lukaku has been in splendid form since his move to Italy last year. He scored 34 goals and provided six assists for I Nerazzurri last campaign and has seven goals in six games at the start of this season. One of the first names on the team sheet, Antonio Conte and Inter fans will be expecting him to be on target against Shakhtar.
Player: Kylian Mbappe
Team: Paris Saint-Germain
Match: Istanbul Basaksehir vs Paris Saint-Germain
The French World Cup winner has enjoyed a good start to the season domestically but had a quiet opening Champions League match against Manchester United. He’s scored six times as well as provided four assists in five Ligue 1 games and will be keen to open his account in Europe. Although he had his chances on Matchday 1, a combination of good saves and robust defending kept him at bay. However, it’s safe to say that he will fancy his chances of getting on the scoresheet in Turkey and will go into the contest having netted a brace over the weekend.
Player: Ciro Immobile
Match: Club Brugge vs Lazio
Ciro Immobile was on target during Lazio’s win over Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 1 and will be the Italian outfit’s biggest threat against Club Brugge. Last season’s European Golden Shoe winner with 39 goals, Immobile scored for Lazio in their win over the weekend as well and must be marked closely if the Belgian club are to keep him quiet. He’s scored three times this season and will be eager to add to his tally, having enjoyed his last outing in the competition by both scoring and setting up a goal.
Player: Bruno Fernandes
Team: Manchester United
Match: Manchester United vs RB Leipzig
Bruno Fernandes has become Manchester United’s talisman since his move to Old Trafford in January, with most of the team’s attacking play going through the Portuguese playmaker. Only Kevin De Bruyne has more goal involvements among midfielders than Fernandes since the Portuguese international’s move to England and he will be keen to add to those numbers against RB Leipzig. He’s scored four times – including once from the spot in United’s Champions League opener – besides also providing three assists and will most likely be involved in the thick of the action against Leipzig.
Feature image courtesy: AFP / Miguel Medina