Are Mane and Osimhen the breakout stars of Champions League GW1?

September 07, 2022

by catalin

Eduard Bănulescu

UEFA Champions League returns the greatest football stars onto the field and into FootballCoin fantasy football. Once more, gamers are spoiled for choices. Some obvious, likely breakout stars are available. Are Mane, Osimhen, or Lewandowski your ticket to the top, or merely overrated? Let’s break down the stats and make your picks easier.

Top-rated fantasy football stars

Robert Lewandowski (FC Barcelona)

Somehow, FC Barcelona has managed to assemble a potential dream team this summer. Robert Lewandowski was the marquee signing. He’s a five-star rated striker in FootballCoin. But is it worth the hassle to pick him?

Verdict: Approved

Barca take on Czech side Viktoria Plzen. Lewandowski has already scored five goals in four matches and can easily add to his tally in this one.

Victor Osimhen (Napoli)

Napoli has lost many of its stars this summer. However, they’ve likely kept their most important young player. Osimhen is a Nigerian striker touted for great things. Should you go to the trouble of picking him?

Verdict: Approved

Napoli is on an unexpected positive run of form. Osimhen has scored two goals in five matches. This should give him confidence against Liverpool’s defense.

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Salah is one of the most famous footballers on Earth. He is playing for a Liverpool side that has already been very successful in the Champions League. Should you consider making him a starting choice?

Verdict: Denied

Liverpool is in an uncharacteristic slump at the moment, and Salah’s form doesn’t warrant selection ahead of other top strikers.

Experienced veterans

Sadio Mane (Bayern Munchen)

Mane’s transfer to Bayern finally broke up one of Liverpool’s best-ever attacking partnerships. Will he make things click for the Bavarians in the UCL?

Verdict: Approved

Bayern takes on Inter Milan in their first fixture. It’s a tough away fixture in which Sadio Mane will be depended upon to offer clarity. If he does not score tonight, Mane could earn a lot of points.

Pepe (FC Porto)

Pepe has already won the UEFA Champions League three times. Last year, he added a fourth Portuguese championship to this resume. He will, once again, lead FC Porto through the most important European club competition.

Verdict: Approved

Pepe’s experience can be invaluable as Porto travel to Madrid to face Atletico.

Under the radar picks

Chancel Mbemba (Olympique Marseille)

OM is back in a fight for the Ligue 1 title, and no player has been more critical to this success than defender Chancel Mbemba. The 28-year-old defender is masterful with the ball at his feet. It’s a quality that can quickly help rack up points.

Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge)

Many of the most promising talents have come from Belgium’s first tier in recent years. While Vanaken is now 30 years old, and his abilities are well-established, his potential to disrupt Bayer Leverkusen’s plans tonight may have gone unnoticed for some. Hans Vanaken is a great passer and tremendous in enforcing a tight press.

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