The Coach: Three favourable fixtures on Matchday 31

I hope you all listened to my recommendations of Marco Fabian[1] and Max Kruse[2] last weekend! The two stars scored 23 points apiece on Matchday 30 – the only down side is I didn’t draft either of them into my team!

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But that’s all in the past now and, with four games left to go, I’m demanding triple-digit returns of myself from now until the end of the season.To help me do that I’ve picked out another three fixtures that should provide dividends. 

I’m sticking my neck out here a little. Leverkusen have won four of their last five games against Schalke, who themselves have picked up just 10 points from a possible 42 on the road this season. However, given that Leverkusen have collected just a single win since Tayfun Korkut took over as head coach and are without a home win in four, my gut is telling me that Schalke’s battling qualities will see them pick up all three points in this must-win encounter.

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Player recommendations

Coke (DF, 23pts, 9.7M): The Spaniard has picked up 21 points in his last two games and has shown that he’s not afraid to get forward.
Daniel Caligiuri[5] (MF, 182pts, 12.1M): Caligiuri has been a fantasy force since moving to Schalke, winning an average of over 13 challenges, whilst chipping in with two goals and three assists.

Leipzig’s four-game winning run came to an end in a hard-fought game against Schalke last weekend and those battling qualities will be needed again when Ingolstadt come to town. Die Schanzer are fighting for their lives at the foot of the table, but any momentum generated with three successive victories has since come to a grinding halt on the back of back-to-back losses. As a result a trip to Leipzig couldn’t have come at a worse time!

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Player recommendations

Marcel Halstenberg[7] (DF, 152pts, 12.8M): Willi Orban[8] is the obvious choice, but Halstenberg is a great alternative having picked up 37 points in his last four starts.
Yussuf Poulsen[9] (FW, 194pts, 12.55M): The fact Poulsen averages over 15 challenges won a game, for me, gives him the edge over Werner and Forsberg.

Hoffenheim left it late in the 1-1 draw against Cologne last Friday, but I don’t get the impression they face as stiff a test against Frankfurt. The Sinsheim side are unbeaten on home soil, while the Eagles have lost their last five away games, scoring just once in the process. Their Fabian-inspired win over Augsburg[10] was much-needed, but still exposed Frankfurt’s weaknesses which Hoffenheim will likely take advantage of on Sunday.

Player recommendations

Benjamin Hübner[11] (DF, 204pts, 12.35M): Back from suspension, Hübner is a must have given his threat from set-pieces and propensity for winning challenges.
Andrej Kramaric[12] (FW, 188pts, 12.15M): Has had a hand in five goals in his last five games, scoring 46 points in that time frame.

I didn’t want to put Werder Bremen[13] in the spotlight for a second week running, but their opponents Hertha have been poor on foreign soil so don’t neglect the likes of Theodor Gebre Selassie[14], Fin Bartels[15] and Max Kruse[16]!

Never tactics bored,

JT

References

  1. ^ Marco Fabian (www.bundesliga.com)
  2. ^ Max Kruse (www.bundesliga.com)
  3. ^ Where do you rank in the Fantasy Bundesliga standings after MD30? Click here to find out! (www.bundesliga.com)
  4. ^ ‘Like’ the Bundesliga’s official Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  5. ^ Daniel Caligiuri (www.bundesliga.com)
  6. ^ Download the official Bundesliga app! (www.bundesliga.com)
  7. ^ Marcel Halstenberg (www.bundesliga.com)
  8. ^ Willi Orban (www.bundesliga.com)
  9. ^ Yussuf Poulsen (www.bundesliga.com)
  10. ^ Fabian-inspired win over Augsburg (www.bundesliga.com)
  11. ^ Benjamin Hübner (www.bundesliga.com)
  12. ^ Andrej Kramaric (www.bundesliga.com)
  13. ^ Werder Bremen (www.bundesliga.com)
  14. ^ Theodor Gebre Selassie (www.bundesliga.com)
  15. ^ Fin Bartels (www.bundesliga.com)
  16. ^ Max Kruse (www.bundesliga.com)

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