Matchday 25 was a good weekend for my Official Fantasy Bundesliga team. Anthony Modeste proved to be the perfect captain, while drafting in Wolfsburg duo Robin Knoche and Yunus Malli provided a 19-point return.

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Hopefully that’s a sign of an upswing as we enter the business end of the season and, now that the pesky international break is behind us, it’s time to turn our attention back to domestic affairs.

With 27 Bundesliga matches set to be played out over the next ten days, the upcoming three round of fixtures could be defining in determining how the rest of the season will play out, both on the pitch and in the fantasy scene! 

Leipzig vs Darmstadt

The international break was perfectly timed for Leipzig. The newly-promoted side are without a win in their last three outings and I’m sure will have used the hiatus to clear the cobwebs as they look to stave off the challenge from Dortmund in second place. The key for Leipzig is taking the lead as they’ve struggled to come from behind recently. Given that Darmstadt have scored just four times on foreign soil all season, Leipzig will be confident of doing just that.

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With no Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen also likely to be out injured, Emil Forsberg will be the main focal point for Leipzig's attacks on Matchday 26. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

Player recommendations

Dayot Upamecano (DF, 11pts, 8.6M): A risky pick given that coach Ralph Hasenhüttl hasn’t settled on a first-choice right-back, but when a defender can pick up seven points in a 3-0 loss then it may be a risk worth taking.

Emil Forsberg (FW, 153pts, 12.4M): With Timo Werner out and Yussuf Poulsen not fully fit, I’d back Emil Forsberg to collect another double-digit return up front.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Mönchengladbach

Frankfurt exceeded expectations in the first half of the season, but having picked up just one point from their last five games, we’re now seeing the type of form many expected to see from Niko Kovac’s men. Just four points separate these two sides, but while Gladbach have suffered consecutive defeats for the first time under Dieter Hecking – against in-form Hamburg and Bayern – I would back them bounce back as they look to close the gap.

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As one of Gladbach's chief creative influences in midfield, Dahoud could score big away to a struggling Frankfurt side.

Player recommendations

Mahmoud Dahoud (MF, 152pts, 12M): Dahoud has had a hand in four goals in three games against Frankfurt and should run the midfield for Gladbach.

Lars Stindl (FW, pts, 14.1M): Given that he’s picked up 55 points in his last five appearances, it’s not hard to work out why they call Lars Stindl captain fantastic!

Ingolstadt vs Mainz

Just to be a little different I wanted to pick a game without a clear favourite. Ingolstadt have the worst home record in the current campaign, but had Mainz’s number last season. The visitors, meanwhile, have lost seven of their last eight games on the road. With both embroiled in what is shaping up to be a fierce relegation battle, this is a must-win match, but your guess is as good as mine as to how the fixture will play out on Sunday!

Giulio Donati is a no-nonsense defender who wins plenty of challenges, and could well keep a clean sheet this weekend.

Player recommendations

Almog Cohen (MF, 137pts, 5.55M): Cohen averages over ten challenges won per game and, unlike someone like Alfredo Morales, poses a greater goal threat at the same time.

Giulio Donati (DF, 142pts, 10.8M): With Ingolstadt struggling to score, Mainz should keep a clean sheet and Mr. Irreplaceable is a perfect low-budget option to tap into those points.

Of course don’t neglect Bayern’s star players as they play host to Augsburg, but I doubt you need a so-called “insider” opinion to draw that conclusion! Viel Spaß this weekend!

Never tactics bored,

JT

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