Market Trend #7.1 Champions League Knockout Phases

Updated: Feb 23

With just one final game of the knockout phases remaining, now is a good time to start pointing out some more valuable players that are likely to be playing in the later stages of the Champions League or the later stages of the Europa League via coming third in the Champions League.


Many players playing in the Champions League that have recently been highlighted have already increased in price considerably recently. For example, Emil Forsberg is already up 49% just 16 days after being highlighted.


Below are further players who's team is currently between 1st-3rd in their Champions League group and could rise further in price in the later stages of the Champions League or Europa League for the below reasons.


*PB scores are from this season only


1. Panagiotis Retsos

Panagiotis Retsos

Team: Bayer Leverkusen

Country: Greece

EURO 2020: No

European Tournament: Yes

Position: Defender (Center Back or Right Back)

Age: 21

Price: £0.51

Top 3 PB Scores: 170, 24, 18


Pros:

  • First full game of the season was on Tuesday in the Champions League and he performed well

  • Young

  • Likely to get more game time in the future

  • Bayer Leverkusen are likely to enter the Europa League where they will be a relatively strong side

Cons:

  • Only featured in a total of 3 games this season

  • Still fairly unproven

  • Bayer Leverkusen may not qualify for the Europa League

2. Jose Gaya

Jose Gaya

Team: Valencia

Country: Spain

EURO 2020: Yes

European Tournament: Yes

Position: Defender (Left Back)

Age: 24

Price: £0.75

Top 3 PB Scores: 253, 212, 154


Pros:

  • Capable of hitting high PB scores

  • Spain International - Started Spain's last game

  • Relatively low price for a regularly starting full back in a PB league, Champions League and a chance of playing at EURO 2020

  • Very strong performance against Chelsea yesterday

Cons:

  • Inconsistent performances

  • A lot of competition for the left back spot for Spain


3. Bertrand Traore

Bertrand Traore

Team: Lyon

Country: Burkina Faso

EURO 2020: No

European Tournament: Yes

Position: Forward (Winger)

Age: 24

Price: £0.85

Top 3 PB Scores: 163, 124, 123


Pros:

  • Strong goal scoring record in previous seasons

  • Potential to improve PB scores

  • Previously hit high PB scores (Last season's PB scores were better)

  • Only 4p above 6 month low price

Cons:

  • PB scores have been low this season

  • Does not play full games regularly

  • Yet to score in Ligue 1 this season

  • Lyon may not qualify for Champions League / Europa League


4. Daniel Carvajal

Daniel Carvajal

Team: Real Madrid

Country: Spain

EURO 2020: Yes

European Tournament: Yes

Position: Defender (Right back)

Age: 27

Price: £1.45 *First highlighted at £1.02

Top 3 PB Scores: 285, 237, 211


Pros:

  • Very high PB scores

  • Plays for a very strong Champions League team

  • Spain International

Cons:

  • Has already increased in price in recent months

5. Corentin Tolisso

Corentin Tolisso

Team: Bayern Munich

Country: France

EURO 2020: Yes

European Tournament: Yes

Position: Midfielder (Central)

Age: 25

Price: £1.57

Top 3 PB Scores: 274, 226, 214


Pros:

  • Very high PB scores

  • France International

  • Scored in last 3 games

  • Bayern Munich are in very good form

Cons:

  • Has already increased in price in recent months

  • Competes with other very high PB scoring midfielders at Bayern Munich

6. Kerem Demirbay

Kerem Demirbay

Team: Bayer Leverkusen

Country: Germany

EURO 2020: No

European Tournament: Yes

Position: Midfielder (central)

Age: 26

Price: £1.61

Top 3 PB Scores: 219, 209, 198


Pros:

  • In very good form - hit 2 PB scores over 200 in the last 5 days

  • Potential to score / assist more throughout the season - 13 G&A last season

  • Capable of hitting high PB scores

  • Bayer Leverkusen are likely to enter the Europa League where they will be a relatively strong side

Cons:

  • Bayer Leverkusen may not qualify for the Europa League

  • Yet to hit a very high peak PB score this season


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