Dortmund youngster Felix Passlack (l.) impressed during the Supercup, and could be a bargain in this season's Official Fantasy Bundesliga. - © gettyimages
Dortmund youngster Felix Passlack (l.) impressed during the Supercup, and could be a bargain in this season's Official Fantasy Bundesliga. - © gettyimages
Bundesliga

Supercup: The Official Fantasy Bundesliga Scout's report

While my colleague Matt 'The Expert' had a date with his Excel table at the weekend and James 'The Coach' pored over Carlo Ancelotti's book for the hundredth time, I had the pleasure of watching some football for you guys.

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Tips for bargain hunters

For Dortmund, there were several other winners – bearing Official Fantasy Bundesliga in mind – despite the 2-0 reverse. I was struck by midfield duo Sebastian Rode and Gonzalo Castro, especially Rode's tenacity in tackles. He contested more challenges (25) than anyone else on the pitch and won 18 of them – remember that you score a point for every five duels won.

Castro, meanwhile, had three shots on goal and set up three further shooting chances. Available for 12m (Rode) and 11m (Castro), these two should be on every manager's radar.

The Supercup aside, pre-season fixtures have given us a glimpse of a number of players who could prove to be an absolute bargain. Peter Gulacsi has earned the No1 spot in RB Leipzig's goal so far and is highly likely to be the cheapest of all first-choice Bundesliga keepers. And for an outlay of just 5m for a shot-stopper at a highly-ambitious club: you can't really go wrong.

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