Every day we bring you what we think are some sensible selection options based on today’s upcoming matches; we’re not going to promise that these are guaranteed winners because if we could do that we’d all be millionaires by now. These players are all solid picks based on recent stats and their next opponents so check them out.
The Champions League returns with the New Year and on Wednesday evening we have two first leg matches, both of which look interesting but neither feature English teams:
- KAA Gent vs VfL Wolfsberg
- Roma vs Real Madrid
Here’s Our Pick:
|Goalkeeper||Keylon Navas||Real Madrid||£9.0m|
|Defender||Lasse Nielsen||KAA Gent||£6.7m|
|Defender||Stefan Mitrovic||KAA Gent||£6.4m|
|Midfielder||Renato Neto||KAA Gent||£5.9m|
|Midfielder||Julian Draxler||VfL Wolfsberg||£7.9m|
|Midfielder||Daniele de Rossi||Roma||£7.4m|
Roma host Real Madrid on Tuesday and this is the toughest possible start for the Italians; Real blitzed their league campaign, drawing just once, scoring 19 and conceding just 3 and will be confident of an away win in this first leg.
KAA Gent vs VfL Wolfsberg looks to be a closer affair, the Germans just about winning Group A while Gent made it through in second place in a tough group.
We’ve gone for Keylon Navas from Real Madrid in goal but we’re relying more on Gent for a clean sheet with Lasse Nielsen and Stefan Mitrovic behind Wolfberg’s Naldo. We foresee less chance of goals in the Gent/Wolfsberg match than the Roma/Real matchup.
We’ve picked a five man midfield with players who can pass the ball and score consistent points; we have two from Roma (Daniele de Rossi, Miralem Pjanic), Isco from Real Madrid, Renato Neto from KAA Gent and Julian Draxler from Wolfsberg.
Picking Christiano Ronaldo is always something of a risk given his gigantic price tag (almost 20% of the salary cap) but he always seems to come up with the goods; he’s lined up alongside Roma’s Edin Dzeko in a two man front line.