The Expert’s on fire! The Coach and Scout are terrified! Rather catchy, don’t you think?
After closing the gap on Flo and James last time out, I’m under pressure to keep my fine Official Fantasy Bundesliga form going this weekend. I haven’t decided on my starting XI just yet, but the following quintet are under serious consideration based on their recent record against their respective Matchday 8 opponents. Whether you sign them up is your call, of course, I’m just prodding you in the right direction.
He endured a mixed evening against Hertha Berlin on Matchday 7, but Aubameyang has fond memories of playing against Ingolstadt - Borussia Dortmund’s opponents on Saturday. The Gabon international scored three goals against Die Schanzer last term, two of them at the Audi Sportpark. If you have thus far resisted the temptation to sign the 2015 Africa Player of the Year, now might be the time to do so.
Yann Sommer (11M, vs. FC Bayern München)
What, Howarth? You’re recommending a goalkeeper who’s about to face the mighty Bayern at the Allianz Arena? Hear me out, folks: Sommer is unbeaten in four appearances against the record champions, conceding just twice in the process. I was determined to keep Manuel Neuer in goal until the end of the season, but the 30-year-old hasn’t exactly been in terrific form of late. And Sommer comes at a much cheaper price: 11M. Do I dare? Do you?
Stefan Kießling (12.6M, vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)
The veteran Bayer 04 Leverkusen striker made his first start of the campaign in the 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur FC in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. While he is not necessarily guaranteed a place in Roger Schmidt’s side against Hoffenheim, I am sure the Werkself coach does not need reminding of Kießling’s record against the Sinsheim club: ten goals in 15 appearances, including seven in his last seven meetings with TSG. Need I say more?
Halil Altintop (6.8M, vs. SC Freiburg)
Like Kießling, Altintop was only recently handed his first start of the season - in the 1-1 draw at home to Schalke on Matchday 7. If I were Dirk Schuster, I would be tempted to keep faith with the 33-year-old midfielder for FC Augsburg’s trip to Freiburg. Altintop has scored in each of his last three Bundesliga appearances against the Black Forest club, but if you feel Altintop is not worth the risk, FCA skipper Paul Verhaegh (10.6M) has also netted in both his last two matches against Freiburg. Your choice!
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (12.7M, vs. 1. FSV Mainz 05)
With Breel Embolo sidelined for the foreseeable future, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is set to shoulder the goalscoring burden at FC Schalke 04. The Dutchman will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing Mainz at the VELTINS-Arena, though: Huntelaar has scored five times in six home games against the Zerofivers, including a hat-trick in November 2014. Priced at just 12.7M, Huntelaar represents a gamble worth taking.
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About Matt: Official Fantasy Bundesliga Expert Matt has always been a bit of a numbers geek. As a kid he had a giant poster of Sesame Street’s The Count above his bed, while his current ringtone is Hip To Be Square by Huey Lewis and the News. Our resident number cruncher will provide you with key facts and stats throughout the season.