There are seven matchdays to go in the 2021/22 Bundesliga season – plenty of time still to make moves or defend your position in your Fantasy league. With one final unlimited transfer window over the March international break, who are the red-hot players going into the final stretch?
bundesliga.com has the best possible XI based on form…
Despite Frankfurt’s indifferent season in terms of results, they have been generally solid at the back and only conceded more than two goals in a game on two occasions. Key to that has been Trapp, who is second across the division for saves made (101). That has him in the top four for goalkeepers in Fantasy, while he’s the pick of the bunch over the last four matchdays. Even in defeat to Bayern Munich, the Germany international earned 12 points for saves. He’s picked up 27 just from stops over the last four matchdays, during which Frankfurt have won twice, drawn once and lost one. It shows that results aren’t always crucial when selecting goalkeepers.
Sosa was a real asset in Fantasy (and to Stuttgart) last season, but he hasn’t been the same since getting a hat-trick of assists on the opening weekend. He only set up one more across the campaign before the last three matchdays, where he’s registered an assist in each game. Coincidentally timed with Sasa Kalajdzic’s return to form? We think not. The left-back has burst back to life, is creating chances again (44 is the most for Stuttgart) and crossing the ball frequently (fifth most in the division with 148). And with VfB now unbeaten in three and looking back on the climb, it’s no surprise that Sosa’s form is on the up too.
Watch: Sosa and Sasa the dream partnership
On first viewing, Martin’s form is the result of a big of a loophole in the game. His season average of seven points means he was given those totals in both of Mainz’s postponed games on Matchdays 25 and 26. Easy points for those who took advantage. But the Spanish left-back – you’ll notice that this defence is all left-backs – has also performed when on the pitch. He still got nine points in a 3-1 defeat at Union Berlin, while it was 11 as the 05ers beat Arminia Bielefeld 4-0. Mainz defenders are always a must when playing at home. Martin’s price and form make him the ideal pick when they are.
Like Sosa, we didn’t see the best of Angelino at the start of this season. He mustered up just three assists and no goals in the first 21 matchdays. Even after Leipzig’s upturn under Domenico Tedesco, it still took the 25-year-old time to get going. Following his first goal of the campaign against Cologne in February, the wing-back has now started producing the goods again. A goal against Freiburg and two assists against Greuther Fürth delivered Fantasy hauls of 12 and 17 points respectively. Even without attacking displays, he got eight for a win to nil against Bochum and 10 for a goalless draw with Frankfurt. It’s helped make him the most in-form player across the division, behind Alassane Plea.
Watch: Angelino snatched Leipzig a point against Freiburg
Club: RB Leipzig
There’s been no questioning Nkunku’s form over the course of this season. He’s behind only Robert Lewandowski for total points in 2021/22, but has been ahead of the Bayern man for recent hauls. That includes a mammoth 25 on Matchday 26 for a goal and two assists in the thrashing of Fürth, while it was 12 last time out against Frankfurt without the game even seeing a goal. Leipzig are the league’s form team in 2022 and everything they do well tends to go through Nkunku. Something to bear in mind for the still 70 per cent of managers who don’t have the Frenchman in their side.
Watch: Nkunku stars as Leipzig hit Fürth for six
Kimmich only just makes the top 10 for midfielders in terms of total points this season – a fact that has frustrated and caught out many managers expecting his usual loftier returns. And even though Bayern’s form of late hasn’t been as glistening as earlier in the campaign, the Germany international has stepped up and is averaging 11 points over the last four matchdays. That is mostly thanks to assists and passes to a shot. Rather curiously, all three provisions in the last four games have been from corners. But that doesn’t matter. An assist is an assist, and having a set-piece taker only increases your odds there.
Baumgartner is perhaps the most surprising name in this XI – or at least the most under the radar. Only three per cent of managers have him in their squad. And at 12.6M, the Hoffenheim man is a bit pricey considering he only just cracks the top 20 for average points among midfielders. But with TSG still flying high, the Austrian is always good for a big haul. The case in point being a 24-point return as he turned matchwinner against Stuttgart on Matchday 24. He only got eight points after his goal against Bayern, while it was just two last time out as they lost at Hertha Berlin. It means you need to dig a little deeper than only focussing on the form stats, as one big game could skew the numbers.
That being said, Grifo looks to be going through another one of his purple patches for a Freiburg team only outside the top four on goal difference. The Italy international has been doing his best to rectify that scoring deficit to Leipzig by netting three times in the last four games. The 28-year-old can be a bit hot and cold, but seven goals and six assists this season is an excellent return. And he’s worth holding onto given he’s Freiburg’s man for dead balls and that they are statistically the Bundesliga’s most dangerous team from set pieces.
Club: Bayern Munich
Are you even shocked to see Lewandowski in this team? His 31 goals from only 27 appearances says it all for the Bundesliga’s top scorer in real life and Fantasy. That being said, he did go two games without a scoring against Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen. A serious drought by his standards, but he still registered double-digit returns in Fantasy thanks to his number of shots. Order was then restored against Hoffenheim and Union Berlin with goals returning and the points tally remaining high.
Watch: All 31 Lewandowski goals in 2021/22
Plea’s good form has sort of gone under the radar amongst a bit of a crisis at Gladbach. But even that looks to be over, in part thanks to the Frenchman. He’s had a direct hand in eight goals over the last seven matchdays, while it’s three scored and the same number created in the last four games. That’s produced double-digit fantasy hauls each time – and it was even 22 points in the one match he didn’t score but got two assists, against Wolfsburg. The 29-year-old has clicked again all of a sudden and offered Fantasy managers food for thought.
Watch: Plea’s two assists against Wolfsburg helped him to 22 points
Club: VfB Stuttgart
Oh, how Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side have missed Kalajdzic this season. Their 16-goal top scorer last year managed only 17 minutes in the Hinrunde because of a dislocated shoulder. In that time, VfB won only four games. The new year didn’t get off to a much better start even with the Austrian, but a return to genuine match fitness has suddenly given the Swabians hope at the bottom. Kalajdzic has two goals and assists each over the last four games, which have heralded seven points to lift them out of the bottom drop zone after two months stuck there. The league’s tallest player has also renewed his partnership with crosser-in-chief Sosa. You can’t really have one without the other, so think wisely as you contemplate those unlimited transfers.
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