Games between Hoffenheim and Leverkusen boast an average of over three goals a game historically. - © imago
Games between Hoffenheim and Leverkusen boast an average of over three goals a game historically. - © imago
Bundesliga

The Coach: Three favourable fixtures from Matchday 8

It may have been a small victory in the grand scheme of the Official Fantasy Bundesliga battle between us ‘experts’, but it was nice to knock Flo ‘The Scout’ down a small peg last weekend - I’ll forgive Matt ‘The Expert’ for a two-point winning margin!

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I said my players had to deliver after the Fantasy Upgrade and, with the exception of Manuel Neuer, Vincenzo Grifo, Kerem Demirbay and Robert Lewandowski they certainly did. The key now is to maintain that momentum in the lead-up to the winter break and I reckon these three fixtures could help me do just that on Matchday 8.

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Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Despite suffering a 2-1 loss to Bremen last time out, Leverkusen still had three players register double digits in terms of fantasy points. Back on home soil, where they are yet to lose this season, die Werkself could be the ones to end Hoffenheim’s unbeaten start to the campaign. Leverkusen lead the league in challenges made (1,452) and that’s unlikely to change in what I’m expecting to be an entertaining affair between two high-octane sides.

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RB Leipzig vs SV Werder Bremen

Werder have enjoyed a remarkable upswing in form under new head coach Alexander Nouri, but I think a trip to Leipzig may be a step too far. This weekend’s visitors are yet to win on foreign soil and have conceded 12 times in their three away games so far this season. Leipzig, meanwhile, are still unbeaten thanks to a stellar defensive record – just five goals conceded all season - and they have proven themselves to be much more than just a counter-attacking side.

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SC Freiburg vs FC Augsburg

Freiburg have been a hit-and-miss team this season. Away from home they are without a point to their name, but in front of a friendly crowd they’ve collected maximum points in all three of their outings courtesy of wins over Gladbach, Hamburg and Frankfurt. There’s no doubt that Augsburg aren’t going to make life easy for them in what promises to be a hard-fought battle, but I’d back the hosts to bounce back from the disappointing defeat against Hoffenheim last time out.