Tuesday begins the 2nd leg of the Champions League quarterfinal matchups. Manchester City will try to avenge their 3-0 loss against Liverpool, while Barcelona will ride their 4-1 lead into Italy as they take on Roma.
Manchester City notes: I am not expecting Manchester City to hold back at all, especially while attacking. Sergio Aguero, who did not play last week, should return to the starting lineup tomorrow sending Gabriel Jesus back to the bench. A Raheem Sterling price-drop makes-drop makes him an enticing play to pair with Aguero. Fernandinho remains a relatively safe cash play as usual.
Liverpool notes: Liverpool cannot get stuck parking the bus and trying to defend Manchester City at home for 90 minutes. That kind of mentality is dangerous. The biggest question mark for them is whether or not Mo Salah will be fit to play. If he does, I like him because he should be able to find room to work given the fact that Manchester City will be pushing for goals. Their defense could be caught out of position. If he does not play, or starts the game on the bench, Firmino and Sane get a bump. Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to start in Liverpool’s midfield. He is more of a bruiser who will be on the field to disrupt Manchester City’s attacking machine. He should be very active collecting peripheral stats, but his goal/assist upside is limited. I like all of Liverpool’s defenders on Tuesday.
Barcelona notes: Lionel Messi will a great play if he starts. He did not score or assist in the first leg, but still accumulated 29 FDP. Much like Manchester City, Roma will be pressing for goals, leaving their defense susceptible to a guy like Messi. I expect Barcelona to play this game while controlling possession with no real desire to score (unless Roma score first). Paulinho is a name I like in the midfield here with his price.
Roma notes: I like Diego Perotti in this game since he will most likely be the lowest priced forward to start in these games. Rostering Perotti allows you to get some of the better midfield plays, while still getting a good player in Perotti. Roma’s midfield has been fairly depressing all season, especially from a fantasy standpoint. However, Aleksandar Kolarov is a very attacking-minded defender for them. Since Roma need at least 3 goals to advance, he should have the freedom to move up the field.