Summary

  • Leverkusen at home to a Darmstadt side without a point on the road.
  • Several Dortmund stars set to return to action following injury.
  • Improving Schalke face travel-sick Bremen.

I’m not overly keen on international breaks as it means I don’t get my Bundesliga-fix for a week. And on the back of Matchday 10 we have yet another disruption to what is turning out to be a sensationally topsy-turvy season.

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The one positive is that Bundesliga head coaches may be less inclined to rotate their sides this weekend despite the energy-sapping fixture list, which could prove beneficial in Official Fantasy Bundesliga provided you successfully navigate the minefield. I’m here to lend a helping hand, so let’s hope I can build on last weekend’s 136-point tally that saw me close the gap on Flo ‘The Scout’ to just 26 points last time out.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs SV Darmstadt 98

Leverkusen are coming off a big win in the UEFA Champions League courtesy of an outstanding performance of great intensity. If they manage to maintain that level on Saturday, it will be too much for Darmstadt as they return to their bread and butter of the Bundesliga where they are looking to close the gap on the top four. The Lillies are yet to pick up a point on the road, having only scored once in four games and I can’t see that changing at the BayArena.

Player recommendations

Hakan Calhanoglu (MF, 40pts, 14.1M): With Kevin Kampl likely to miss out with a foot injury, I need a replacement and Calhanoglu is top of my list after being rested in midweek.

Jonathan Tah (DF, 52, 12.2M): Missed out last weekend only to return against Tottenham, Tah wins more than 10 challenges a game on average and is an aerial threat at the other end.

Hamburger SV vs Borussia Dortmund

Hamburg have proven to be a bogey team for Dortmund in recent years, but are in dire straits this season. Thomas Tuchel has several first-team regulars back at his disposal and is expected to bring Raphael Guerreiro, Gonzalo Castro and Andre Schürrle back into his starting line-up. BVB are without a league victory in four, so they couldn’t have picked a better time to face a Hamburg side sitting at the foot of the table and yet to win this season.

Sokratis has been a fantasy points-winning machine in Dortmund's defence this season. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

Player recommendations

Sokratis (DF, 56pts, 13.3M): A must-have defender who has won over 11 challenges per game on average. He will have to get stuck in against Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

Andre Schürrle (MD, 22pts, 12.65M): Won 20 challenges in the opening two games of the season and should return to the starting line-up for the first time since Matchday 2.

FC Schalke 04 vs SV Werder Bremen

Schalke are the final game of the weekend so provide the last chance to swap a captain or bring replacements off the bench to negate underperforming fantasy players. The Royal Blues are unbeaten in their last four Bundesliga outings (W2, D2) and are set to play host to a Bremen outfit who have picked up just one point from a possible 12 on the road this season. I can see Markus Weinzierl’s charges staying on the up and up as a result.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting looks set to start up front for Schalke given the absences of the Royal Blues' other strikers. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

Player recommendations

Alessandro Schöpf (MF, 35pts, 6.9M): A firm fixture in Weinzierl’s starting line-up, Schöpf has won an average of over 12 challenges a game and also poses an attacking threat.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (FW, 58pts, 13.4M): Choupo-Moting has registered nine points or more in four of his seven starts this season and, with Breel Embolo, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Franco Di Santo all injured, is expected to lead the line.

As I outlined in my last article, keep your options open and make sure you have the ability to rotate throughout the Matchday. These three games should help you do just that.

Never tactics bored,

JT

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