Market Trend #10 Champions League / Europa League later stages

In just over a month, the next round of the Champions League and Europa League will be taking place. The first leg in the Champions League round of 16 takes place on 18/02/20 whilst the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 takes place on 20/02/20.


Often we see players playing in the later stages of the Champions League / Europa League increase in price around a week or two before the later stages. Therefore, in anticipation of this, it may be wise to buy some potentially valuable players playing in the later stages now before this possible market trend starts to become more prevalent next month.


You can find all of the Champions League / Europa League fixtures by filtering the new fixtures dashboard by Champions league / Europa League.


It is important to note that as the next round is a knockout over two legs, some players could drop in price if their team is knocked out of the relevant tournament. To minimize this risk, the potentially valuable players highlighted below all also play in PB leagues and so will still have an opportunity to earn match day dividends if their team is knocked out of the Champions League / Europa League.


Arthur

Arthur

Price: £1.64

Team: Barcelona

Age: 23

Position: Midfielder (Central)

Country: Brazil

Top 5 PB Scores: 235, 214, 209, 164, 144

Champions League Opponent: Napoli


Pros:

  • Relatively Young

  • Plays for a very strong side

  • High PB scores

  • Returning from injury before the next round of the Champions League

Cons:

  • Increased today already

Nordi Mukiele

Nordi Mukiele

Price: £1.28

Team: RB Leipzig

Age: 22

Position: Defender (Right Back)

Country: France

Top 5 PB Scores: 269, 212, 209, 186, 179

Champions League Opponent: Tottenham Hotspur


Pros:

  • High PB scores

  • Young

Cons:

  • Competition in RB Leipzig squad for right back position

Rodrigo Bentancur

Price: £1.15

Team: Juventus

Age: 22

Position: Midfielder (Center)

Country: Uruguay

Top 5 PB Scores: 199, 159, 156, 151, 144

Champions League Opponent: Lyon


Pros:

  • Young

  • Plays for a very strong side

  • Performances have improved this season

  • 4 assists in 13 games

Cons:

  • Yet to hit a high peak PB score

  • Infrequently scores goals

  • Red card in his last game

Jonathan Tah

Jonathan Tah

Price: £1.02

Team: Bayer Leverkusen

Age: 23

Position: Defender (Central)

Country: Germany

Top 5 PB Scores: 183, 178, 165, 163, 159

Europa League Opposition: Porto


Pros:

  • Strong PB base

  • Yet to score / assist this season meaning lower PB scores than last season so far

  • Relatively young

Cons:

  • May not contribute to goals frequently as a center back

Raphael Guerreiro

Raphael Guerreiro

Price: £0.92

Team: Borussia Dortmund

Age: 26

Position: Midfielder (Left)

Country: Portugal

Top 5 PB Scores: 222, 196, 189, 188, 160

Champions League Opponent: Paris-Saint Germain


Pros:

  • Scored 2 goals in Borussia Dortmund's friendly yesterday

  • Capable of hitting high PB scores

  • EURO 2020 - Portugal International

  • Opta position change to defender is possible

Cons:

  • Competition for the left back / left midfield spot at Borussia Dortmund

Amadou Haidara

Amadou Haidara

Price: £0.84

Team: RB Leipzig

Age: 21

Position: Midfielder (Central)

Country: Mali

Top 5 PB Scores: 114, 103, 101, 90, 79

Champions League Opponent: Tottenham Hotspur


Pros:

  • Played RB Leipzig's last game in attacking / right midfield and performed well

  • Young

  • Likely to get more game time than he has so far this season in the future

Cons:

  • Lack of game time

  • Low PB scores

Jules Kounde

Jules Kounde

Price: £0.76

Team: Sevilla

Age: 21

Position: Defender (Center)

Country: France

Top 5 PB Scores: 226, 215, 193, 166, 153

Europa League Opponent: CFR Cluj


Pros:

  • Young

  • Very winnable round of 32 game

  • Strong PB scores in the Europa League for Sevilla without any goals / assists

  • Has been played at Left back where attacking output is likely to be higher

Cons:

  • Unlikely to score / assist often from center back

Bryan Cristante

Bryan Cristante

Price: £0.67

Team: Roma

Age: 24

Position: Midfielder (Central)

Country: Italy

Top 5 PB Scores: 182, 148, 116, 113, 94

Europa League Opponent: Gent


Pros:

  • Returning from injury before the next round of the Europa League

  • Capable of scoring many goals from midfield - 9 goals in 36 games for Atalanta in the 2017-2018 season

Cons:

  • Competition for the midfield position at Roma likely to lead to irregular game time


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