All eyes will be on the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday evening when Borussia Dortmund host Bayern Munich in an eagerly anticipated Klassiker on Matchday 7 – a fixture that is always tricky in Bundesliga Fantasy Manager terms.
bundesliga.com has put together the best combined fantasy XI so far to aid with any potential transfers this week…
Manuel Neuer (30 points)
Manuel Neuer lines up in goal in this team because, well, he’s Manuel Neuer. The Bayern and Germany No.1 needs no introduction and the fact that he could equal Oliver Kahn’s record of 196 Bundesliga clean sheets in this game speaks volumes. Another shut-out here – it would only be Bayern’s third of the season - would earn the 34-year-old three fantasy points in addition to any he gains for minutes played and shots saved.
Watch: Neuer, the best in the business
Bouna Sarr (26)
That the Frenchman already has 26 points from just two Bundesliga outings tells you everything you need to know about his style of play as Benjamin Pavard’s stand-in at right back. The 28-year-old is strong in the tackle – 10 of his total points are from challenges won – while he also picked up his first assist in Bayern’s Matchday 5 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. And as any fantasy manager knows, attack-minded defenders are gold dust, earning more points for shots, passes to shots and goals than teammates listed in more advanced positions.
Mats Hummels (78)
Given that Dortmund have the best defence in the league by quite some distance – just two goals conceded and five clean sheets kept so far – it is no surprise that two BVB players make it into this backline. A veteran in the craft of defending, Hummels is as good as they come, bossing opposition forwards (and earning fantasy points for tackles won), while he has also been responsible for Dortmund’s last three Bundesliga goals, having hit a brace against Arminia Bielefeld and rounding out the scoring against Schalke. No wonder he has more fantasy points than any other defender in the game…
Raphael Guerreiro (46)
A unicorn in fantasy terms, Guerreiro is the rare find of a player listed as a defender but who actually starts in a more advanced role, rather than just gravitating there for moments of a game. The Portugal international benefits points-wise from Dortmund’s clean sheets, while he has also chalked up plenty for goal attempts (12) and passes to a shot (nine), making him the fourth-highest scoring defender in the game. Not only that, but Guerreiro’s positioning and tactical awareness mean he is trusted by coach Lucien Favre in the big games – and they don’t get much bigger than this.
Watch: Hummels' brace against Bielefeld
Jadon Sancho (48 points)
The England international may be having a quieter season by his own high standards so far – two assists and no league goals in five outings – but he remains a fearsome attacking weapon. Direct, full of tricks and with astute on-field decision-making ability, Sancho can do it all in the final third. And the signs are good that the 20-year-old is hitting top form ahead of the big game too, posting almost half of his 48 fantasy points in his last two matches.
Joshua Kimmich (52)
A cornerstone of Hansi Flick’s side, Kimmich’s unbending will to win is one of several characteristics that set him apart. His positioning, tactical awareness and bite in the tackles make him undroppable – as does the fact he has scored the winner in Bayern’s last two meetings with Dortmund (in the Supercup in September and in the Matchday 28 triumph that effectively sealed the title in May). Although nominally a defensive midfielder, the Germany international as a goal and four assists to his name, and his the fifth-highest scoring fantasy player overall.
Watch: Highlights of the last Klassiker meeting in the Supercup in September
Gio Reyna (58)
A 17-year-old attacking midfielder breaking into the Dortmund first team… it’s a path well trodden following the successes of Mario Götze, Christian Pulisic and Sancho before him. And Reyna is on course for a similarly supersonic trajectory, with a goal and three assists already this term. Always eager to drive forward and create chances, the newly called-up USA international is unfazed by names and reputations. Third in the fantasy midfield scoring charts (and just 8M at that!), he also never shies away from a tackle – picking up 13 points this season for duels won alone.
Leroy Sane (42)
Injuries have limited Sane to just four league appearances, but such is his ability that he has two goals and two assists in 230 minutes on the pitch. Quick, direct and invariably providing an end product in the form of either a shot or by teeing up a teammate, the 24-year-old is rightly considered one of the most fearsome wingers on the planet. That all translates well into Bundesliga Fantasy Manager – his devastating 25-point haul on Matchday 1 against Schalke standing as an example of what he is capable of.
Thomas Müller (80)
Having set a new Bundesliga assist record last term with 21, Müller has carried that form into the new season too. Four goals and four assists already underline just how clinical the 31-year-old is, and it will come as no surprise to learn he is the only Bayern player to have started all nine of the team’s competitive games in 2020/21. Müller has recorded double-digit fantasy returns in five of his six Bundesliga games so far, his goals, assists, shots and passes to shots making him the second-highest scoring player in the game.
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Erling Haaland (64)
Tall, quick, powerful and with an unerringly accurate shot, Haaland already looks the finished article at just 20 years of age. His 23 goals in 26 competitive games for Dortmund so far are testament to just how hard he is to stop, while his friendship and close off-field understanding with both Reyna and Sancho gives BVB an almost telepathic edge in the final third. The Norwegian has five goals and two assists in five Bundesliga games this term, with all of his strikes coming on home turf. His fantasy tallies of 16, 21 and 15 in those matches suggest he’d be a good bet for your side against Bayern on Saturday.
Robert Lewandowski (99)
The highest-scoring player in Bundesliga Fantasy, record-breaker extraordinaire, UEFA Men’s Player of the Year… you really can take your pick when it comes to describing the Bayern forward. Unrelenting in his pursuit of winning and scoring, Lewandowski can find the net virtually from anywhere, and can do so with either foot or with his head. The 32-year-old has started four league games so far this season, with 19 fantasy points the lowest of his hauls in those matches. A striker without equal across the world at present.