Champions League Group Stage action is all set for the off TONIGHT and some of Europe’s biggest guns will be trying to wrestle control of their respective groups. This live blog gives exclusive fantasy tips, live Periscope team analysis and plenty more besides.
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ANDRE SILVA FOR THE WIN!
ANDRE SILVA WINS IT! https://t.co/abvXcSECkJ— Jamie Hinks (@JamieHinksDK) October 18, 2016
AKINFEEV MISSES OUT ON A CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CLEAN SHEET FOR THE 40th STRAIGHT GAME. LET THAT SINK IN.
Poor Akinfeev. Bang goes the clean sheet just three minutes from the end. https://t.co/lyKSVn1LSP— Jamie Hinks (@JamieHinksDK) October 18, 2016
RONALDO BLATANTLY ANGRY THAT HE HAD TO LAY ON ANOTHER ASSIST
Alvaro Morata has now been directly involved in 3 goals in 54 minutes of Champions League action for Real Madrid this season.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 18, 2016
Crazy record! pic.twitter.com/7WaKCZJJLG
CUADRADO SNEAKS ONE IN AT THE NEAR POST! 1-0 JUVE!
Terrible goalkeeping for the Cuadrado goal https://t.co/STHnD8XyfS— Jamie Hinks (@JamieHinksDK) October 18, 2016
BRUGGE 1-1 PORTO
MIGUEL LAYUN. THE CASH GAME PICK, NOTCHES. 19PTS NOW. WHAT A GAME.
Such a strike from the full back GOAT Miguel Layun https://t.co/mWttwdq7Gn— Jamie Hinks (@JamieHinksDK) October 18, 2016
SPORTING CP 1-2 DORTMUND
THE OLD INDIRECT FREEKICK FROM A COUPLE OF YARDS OUT. SUNDAY LEAGUE STYLIE.
ONLY ON FOR THREE MINUTES…
FOOKI MOVES INTO THE LEAD IN THE UCL $20K STRIKER THANKS TO ANOTHER HUGO LLORIS SAVE
THINGS GETTING TASTY IN LYON.
LLORIS THE CAT
No 10pts for all you Chicharito owners https://t.co/yyNJiB0xQf— Jamie Hinks (@JamieHinksDK) October 18, 2016
THE SECOND HALF IS HERE!
HERE’S TONIGHT’S WINNING LINE-UP SO FAR
GET OVER TO @DKUK FOR A LIVE PERISCOPE!
LEICESTER 1-0 KOBENHAVN
THE MAHREZ-SLIMANI STACK COMES GOOD!
RONALDO. ASSIST. SIX POINT. HERE COME THE POINTS.
Ronaldo on the board with six points. Get in! https://t.co/Z2wP0SXFx7— Jamie Hinks (@JamieHinksDK) October 18, 2016
AUBAMAYENG ON FIRE
RIGHT NOW IN THE UCL STRIKER…61.25PTS IS WINNING IT
ALL IN ON REAL IT SEEMS…
ALL THOSE KEYLOR NAVAS CLEAN SHEETS…THEY GONE
REAL 2-0 LEGIA.
REAL MADRID NOW 2-0 UP!
Must be an own goal for Madrid, no?! https://t.co/Rbsoex5KHU— Jamie Hinks (@JamieHinksDK) October 18, 2016
REAL MADRID 1-0 LEGIA WARSAW
It's over! pic.twitter.com/GvynoxjKKs— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) October 18, 2016
CLUB BRUGGE 1-0 PORTO
Scenes in Bruges https://t.co/RcRIyk44V0— Jamie Hinks (@JamieHinksDK) October 18, 2016
SPORTING CP 0-1 DORTMUND
Lovely finish from Aubamayeng https://t.co/I8RXpcdkpT— Jamie Hinks (@JamieHinksDK) October 18, 2016
THINGS GOT ALL DANNY DYER PRE-GAME AT THE KING POWER
RONALDO GETS ALL 65.8% OF YOU ONE POINT
AND WE’RE OFF!
HIT THE MUSIC
Ah hello there Champions League theme tune my old friend!— DraftKings UK (@dkuk) October 18, 2016
All together 'The Chammmmppioooooonnnnsss' pic.twitter.com/3F15sN9YC7
CRACKING AWAY SUPPORT FROM JUVENTUS
Basically, Spurs are going to win…
9 – Bayer Leverkusen have lost nine of their last 10 Champions League games against English opposition (W1). Struggle.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 18, 2016
1 – Tottenham's only win in their last eight European away games at German opposition (D1 L6) was v Bayer Leverkusen in November 2006. Omen. pic.twitter.com/Bm00pvImKc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 18, 2016
Stacking up players from the same team is a tried and tested strategy that DFS players use to great success in every sport. Football is no different. Here are the two best stacks to consider ahead of tonight’s action:
Miguel Layún and Andre Silva: Layún’s fantasy performances as an attacking full back are well known and he is averaging nine per game in this season’s Champions League. Silva, meanwhile, has scored five goals domestically and grabbed an assist on their only goal in the Champions League.
Toni Kroos and Cristiano Ronaldo: Kroos takes all set pieces for Real and is in the side with a player in Cristiano Ronaldo who will fill his boots against Legia Warsawa. You’ll have little money left if you take this stack but there is no better pairing to take.
If you’re playing in a cash game, such as a head-to-head or a 50/50, then picking players that have a high point floor is crucial. Here are the top three prospects on tonight’s slate:
Cristiano Ronaldo ($11,700): There’s no better player to draft on this slate than Ronaldo. The opponents are simply nowhere near the level of Real Madrid and it would be no surprise were Ronaldo to break out with a four-goal game.
Riyad Mahrez ($9,400): Whilst he is yet to spark to life in the Premier League, Mahrez has been one of the stars of the season in the Champions League so far. The Algerian scored two goals and 28 fantasy points on Matchday One and followed that by getting the only assist on an 18pt day on Matchday Two.
Paulo Dybala ($9,800): The Argentine forward is on a three-game run where he has scored four goals and notched in every game. Dybala also takes penalties, corners and his fair share of corners for Juventus.
The biggest contests on DraftKings tonight have guaranteed prize pools (GPPs). To win those contests you need to make a few contrarian picks that, if they go off, have the potential to lift you to the top. Here are three players to keep in mind:
Zoran Tosic ($5,900): Monaco were soundly beaten at the weekend by Toulouse and Tosic can capitalise. With so many of CSKA’s other men out injured, targeting the Serbian is a sound way to go.
Kieran Trippier ($4,900): Kyle Walker is expected to miss this game and Trippier will step in. The right back only scored eight fantasy points in the CSKA game, something that will push people away from choosing him and don’t forget how good he was at times last season when it came to going forward.
Soudani ($6,600): Sevilla really don’t travel well and better teams have come acropper against Zagreb (hello Arsenal). Soudani scored once in the qualifying playoff against Red Bull Salzburg and I don’t think many people will want Soudani at this price, a good thing for GPP players.
Get over to the @dkuk Twitter where I’m live on Periscope explaining some of the late swaps to consider!
Sporting CP vs Dortmund
Markovic starts, Zeegelaar and Schelotto are the full backs
Passlack, Dembele, Kagawa, Gotze, Pulisic all start
Dinamo Zagreb vs Sevilla
Nasri, Vietto and Vitolo all start.
Lyon v Juventus
Rafael and Morel at wing back for Lyon. Lacazette STARTS!
Evra playing as a centre back apparently, Sandro and Alves the full backs.
CSKA Moscow vs Monaco
As expected for Monaco as Lemar, Germain and Silva play as the front three.
H-1 : La Compo ! #CSKAASM— AS MONACO 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) October 18, 2016
Leicester vs FC Kobenhavn
Slimani and Vardy up front. Simpson at right back.
As expected for Kobenhavn.
F.C. København (@FCKobenhavn) October 18, 2016
Leverkusen vs Tottenham
Kiessling up front alongside Chicharito. Bender gets the nod at right back.
Janssen starts for Spurs and Son Heung-Min will be playing out wide.
Club Brugge v Porto
Diego Jota gets in to partner Andre Silva up front. Hector Herrera steps into the midfield.
Real Madrid v Legia Warsaw
Danilo and Marcelo at full back. James and Benzema both start.
C.F. (@realmadriden) October 18, 2016
All the team news is about to start filtering through. We’ll have it all right here for you.
Juventus, Lyon and Sevilla all have a win apiece in the competition and the key clash takes place in France, Lyon playing host to the Italian champions. Juve are on a five-game winning run in all competitions, scoring 14 goals in the process, but Lyon have never not scored at their new stadium. The French also welcome back star striker Alexandre Lacazette
Leicester City are one of just a handful of teams that has a 100% record in this season’s Champions League and that record will be put to the test in a home game against unbeaten FC Kobenhavn.
In the group’s other clash, Porto travel to Bruges to take on a Club Brugge team that has lost both games thus far and conceded seven goals along the way. Porto have a striker in Andre Silva who already has five goals this season and this could be where he breaks his duck in the Champions League.
Dortmund sit top of the group on goal difference having drawn against Real Madrid last time out. They will find things tough in Portugal against Sporting and have a huge number of players out injured, especially in attacking areas. Adrien Silva is a key absentee for the home side but Bas Dost is in great scoring form for the home side.
Over at the Santiago Bernabeu it’s all about Cristiano Ronaldo and co, as they aim to better Dortmund’s 6-0 romp over Legia Warsaw.
Monaco are in pole position in the group after grabbing a last gasp point at home to Leverkusen on Matchday Two following a hard fought win at Wembley Stadium against Tottenham Hotspur on the opening night. They travel to Russia to face a CSKA Moscow side bereft of one, possibly two, stars in the shape of Roman Eremenko and Alan Dzagoev.
The group’s other game sees Son Heung-Min return to his old club Bayer Leverkusen with Tottenham Hotspur to try to keep up an unbeaten away record in all competitions. Leverkusen have not lost in the Champions League this season but have thrown away leads in both games.
Get started on drafting your line-ups now by using DraftKings FC’s UCL content for the night:
UCL Game Breakdown – A look at every single game on tonight’s slate
UCL Targets – The best players to pick in every position
UCL Projected Line-ups – How each team is expected to set up
Hello everyone out there in DraftKings land! It’s time for another set of Champions League games, eight to be exact, or for the first time DraftKings FC is serving it all up in a live blog. Over the next FOUR hours there we will be covering all the fantasy ramifications of the night’s games with everything from fantasy tips and line-ups to Periscope streaming and updates on the leading line-up in the night’s big UCL $20K Striker contest (You can enter that here).
Kick off in all the games: 7:45pm BST (2:45pm EST)
Tonight’s games are as follows:
Group E: Bayer Leverkusen vs Tottenham Hotspur, CSKA Moscow vs AS Monaco.
Group F: Sporting CP vs Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid vs Legia Warsawa.
Group G: Club Brugge vs FC Porto, Leicester City vs FC Kobenhavn
Group H: Dinamo Zagreb vs Sevilla, Lyon vs Juventus.
There will be live analysis on Starting Line-ups on Periscope later on tonight. Stay tuned!