Flo 'The Scout' and JT 'The Coach' may have enjoyed watching the Supercup, but as they struggled to keep their minds from wandering onto players' shoe sizes and pasta, 'The Expert' here was busy poring over the data to help you win the Official Fantasy Bundesliga!
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.
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SV Werder Bremen's Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro has scored 190 Bundesliga goals - a record for a foreign-born player in Germany's top division. But did you know that 19 of those goals - fully ten percent - have come against Hamburger SV alone?! Bremen travel to the Volkparkstadion to take on the Red Shorts in the season's first Nordderby on Matchday 12. It would be wise to have Pizarro in your line-up before kick-off!
A total of 100,000 gets knocked of a player's value if they fail to feature at all. Costa is still running off a thigh injury whilst Ribery was preferred for the recent 2-0 Supercup victory over Dortmund. At 33, Ribery's ability to see out the season is increasingly under the microscope, though. The upshot: if Costa is ready to seize his chance in the Rückrunde, it's possible he could cost you nearly 2 million less than he would have done at the start of the season!