- Modeste with four goals in three appearances against Ingolstadt.
- De Blasis has two goals in three meetings with Darmstadt.
- Forsberg scored Leipzig's winner against Wolfsburg earlier in the season.
There is little margin for error as we approach the business end of the 2016/17 Official Fantasy Bundesliga campaign. Flo remains out in front in our insider mini league, but I’m hoping to capitalise on any slip-ups on Matchday 24 (in fairness to Flo, he hasn’t made many mistakes this season).
Several members of my squad scored big last weekend, which makes it very difficult to decide which three players to bring in before the transfer window slams shut on Friday. Which of the following quintet would you have in your team? Seriously, folks, I need your help here…
Anthony Modeste (16.1M, vs. Ingolstadt)
Cologne’s top scorer with 17 league goals, Modeste is looking to close the gap on Robert Lewandowski (19) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (21) at the top of the Bundesliga Torschützenliste. How has the Frenchman fared against Ingolstadt in the past? Well, the Billy Goats have scored four times in their three previous meetings with Die Schanzer, and Modeste has netted all four. If he is not already a member of your squad, there could hardly be a more opportune moment to sign him up.
Lukasz Piszczek (12.9M, vs. Hertha Berlin)
Dortmund’s last two league meetings with Hertha have produced just two goals. Yes, BVB put six past Leverkusen on Saturday, but Hertha have the best home record in the division and have only conceded five times at the Olympiastadion all season. I’m not expecting many goals in Saturday’s encounter either, which is why I’m looking to bring Piszczek into my team. The former Hertha star helped the Yellow-Blacks keep a clean sheet on their last visit to the capital, and is currently enjoying his most prolific goalscoring campaign in a BVB shirt to date.
Watch: Highlights of Dortmund's resounding win over Leverkusen on Matchday 23:
Christoph Kramer (13.6M, vs. Hamburg)
One of the in-form midfielders in the game, Kramer has never lost to HSV in the Bundesliga (3W 3D). The midfielder conceded a penalty in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 4-2 victory over Schalke on Saturday, but that has been the only blotch on an otherwise fine start to the calendar year for the Germany international. Hamburg are no pushovers, but Gladbach are firing under Dieter Hecking and I expect Kramer and Co. to come out on top at the Volksparkstadion on Sunday.
Pablo de Blasis (10.4M, vs. Darmstadt)
Poor old Darmstadt. I would love to see the Lilies defy the odds and secure their Bundesliga status for another season, but given their woeful form it’s hardly surprising that they feature regularly in this column - for all the wrong reasons. De Blasis, one of the original members of my Official Fantasy Bundesliga squad - is one of several players with a fine record against Torsten Frings’ team, with two goals in three league meetings with the Hesse club. Could the Mainz man be about to make a glorious return to The Expert’s Fantasy team? Well, we shall see.
Emil Forsberg (12.4M, vs. Wolfsburg)
Andries Jonker’s first match in charge of Wolfsburg ended in a 1-1 draw at Mainz. It was a good start to the Dutchman’s Volkswagen Arena tenure, but the Wolves will have to produce a similar display to avoid defeat at RB Leipzig this weekend. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side remain hot on the heals of Bayern, thanks largely to the breathtaking form of Sweden international Forsberg, who scored the only goal the last time these two teams met in the league. He also missed a penalty in that match, but we’ll ignore that, shall we?