What a way to welcome back the Champions League. The lineup from round three of the group stage throws up some of the best and worst performances you’re likely to see on SportStack. We have goal involvements galore, red cards, great base scores and shocking base scores.
Ruslan Nescheret (87pts) made his debut for Dinamo Kyiv just days prior to his heroic display at the Nou Camp. Although Kyiv lost 2-1, Nescheret – only 18 years old – made 12 saves and amassed a base score of 72pts. There was intense competition for the goalkeeper’s spot, with six of the top ten base payouts in this gameweek coming from GKs, but Nescheret was the standout.
From the sublime to the highly unfortunate, Dalbert (-10pts) received two yellows in the first half as Rennes visited Chelsea. On the wrong side of a 3-0 scoreline, Dalbert finished with a base score of -20pts. Jerome Boateng (78pts) and Andre Ramalho (52pts) were on opposite sides of the 6-2 victory Bayern took from Salzburg. The game was far more balanced than the scoreline suggests. While Boateng was superb and got himself on the scoresheet, Ramalho managed a strong 47pt base score. 52pts is an excellent payout given the scoreline. Jesus Manuel Corona (76pts) of Porto registered 2 assists playing out of position at right-back against Marseille. He claims this spot in our side.
Ander Herrera (66pts) battled magnificently as PSG lost 2-1 to RB Leipzig. He is another with a strong base score of 47pts. Eduard Spertsyan (1pt) was brought off the bench with Krasnodar in a great position; 2-0 up away at Sevilla. As it turned out, he was thrown right into the fire, as he earned a yellow card and was on the pitch for a remarkable Sevilla comeback. His base score was -6pts. Ivan Rakitic (76pts) completes the midfield trio, offering some attacking impetus. His goal started the comeback for Sevilla and his impressive base score will have traders interested.
The front three is a wonderfully mixed bag. Jota (96pts) on the left scored his first Liverpool hat-trick in a mightily impressive team performance, with the Reds beating Atalanta 5-0 despite injury problems. Alassane Plea (100pts) is forced out to the right-wing thanks to the limited versatility of our striker, but that is not to downplay his performance in round 3. He scored a hat-trick of his own and assisted Lars Stindl for a max payout as Gladbach beat Shakhtar 6-0. Up front, we have the woeful Artem Dzyuba (21pts). We actually picked him out as potentially a very good trade before round 1, but we have yet to see any of his goalscoring prowess, or any other elements of his game for that matter. Against Lazio he did register an assist, but his base score of -11pts rather speaks for itself.
Note: since the introduction of Career Markets, SportStack has exchange ‘payouts’ for ‘scores’ and pennies for points. We are trying to reflect this in our writing but may slip up every now and again!
Ruslan Nescheret – total score 87; base score 72
Dalbert – total score -10; base score -20
Jerome Boateng – total score 78; base score 48; 1 goal
Andre Ramalho – total score 52; base score 47; 1 assist
Jesus Manuel Corona – total score 76; base score 31; 2 assists
Ander Herrera – total score 66; base score 47
Eduard Spertsyan – total score 1; base score -6
Ivan Rakitic – total score 76; base score 42; 1 goal
Alassane Plea – total score 100; base score 20; 3 goals, 1 assist
Diogo Jota – total score 96; base score 26; 3 goals
Artem Dzyuba – total score 21; base score -11; 1 assist