Such is the hectic nature of an Englische Woche in the Bundesliga that I only got around to updating my fantasy team at 20:16CEST last Friday. With less than a quarter of an hour to go until Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen kicked off at the Commerzbank Arena, I chose two in-form Werder stars at random, hoping they would do the business and get my weekend off to a flying start.
Before I knew it, Bremen were 2-0 up thanks to goals from Zlatko Junuzovic and Fin Bartels. Those 24 points were greatly appreciated, lads. Just make sure you don’t surrender a two-goal lead next time! Thankfully there is no Friday game this week, giving me an extra 24 hours to get my team in ship shape. The following five players are all under consideration…
Timo Werner (12.65M, vs. Freiburg)
The Leipzig and newly-capped Germany international frontman scored on his return from injury against Mainz on Matchday 27 before featuring in the eastern club’s 1-0 victory against Bayer Leverkusen last time out. If you’re thinking of buying Werner ahead of RBL’s home clash with Freiburg, I have good news for you: The 21-year-old has scored more goals against the Black Forest outfit (five) than against any other Bundesliga club. The only catch? All five of those have come at the Schwarzwald-Stadion.
Max Kruse (11.25M, vs. Hamburg)
Born on the outskirts of Hamburg in 1988, Kruse supported the Red Shorts and even slept in HSV duvet covers as a youngster. On Sunday, though, the 29-year-old will like nothing better than to help Werder Bremen continue their astonishing run of form with a goal or two against the Green-Whites’ bitter northern rivals. He has yet to lose against them in the Bundesliga (6W, 5D), scoring three goals in the process. Another on Saturday could lift Werder into the top eight.
Raul Bobadilla (10.6M, vs. Cologne)
Making a case for an Augsburg victory this weekend is a struggle - until you see Bobadilla’s record against the Billy Goats: Four wins, four draws, no defeats. Not bad, eh? He has also scored three goals in that time, and given Cologne’s inconsistent away form - not to mention FCA’s dire need for points - I have a funny feeling Bobadilla might find the target at the WWK Arena this weekend. What was I saying about going with your gut instinct?
Peter Pekarik (5.5M, vs. Mainz)
Pekarik has been in and out of my fantasy team of late - mainly due to Hertha Berlin’s questionable form away from the Olympiastadion. The Old Lady visit the OPEL ARENA this weekend, but with Mainz seemingly incapable of arresting their recent slump I am backing Pal Dardai’s team to register a rare away win. Priced at only 5.5M, Pekarik not only wins his fair share of challenges but is also unbeaten in his last seven against Mainz (5W, 2D). Bargain!
Almog Cohen (6M, vs. Wolfsburg)
Israel international Cohen has played a vital role in Ingolstadt’s remarkable run of late, scoring three goals in his last two appearances to help propel Die Schanzer to within a single point of outright safety. Not only that, he is also the only current Ingolstadt player with a positive record against the Wolves (2W, 2D, 1L). Victory at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday could see Maik Walpurgis’ side climb as high as 14th, while dragging the Wolves back into the relegation quagmire.