FC Bayern München’s meeting with RB Leipzig on Matchday 16 is the perfect end to an enthralling Bundesliga year: both sides are locked on 36 points at the top of the standings, with only goal difference separating Germany’s serial champions from the eastern upstarts.
It is not just on the pitch that both clubs have been setting the bar: Bayern and Leipzig stars have been valuable sources of points for managers in the first-ever season of the Official Fantasy Bundesliga. Six of the top 10 highest points scorers so far this campaign come from one of the two sides.
In fact, in on that particular measure, Leipzig have got the better of Bayern. Four RB stars feature in the top ten: Willi Orban (145 points), Yussuf Poulsen (120 points), Marcel Halstenberg (119 points) and Timo Werner (119 points).
In the top ten with 119 points.
For their part Bayern ‘only’ contribute two players to the top 10 list: Robert Lewandowski (155 points) and Thiago (121 points). The Polish striker is, however, the top-scoring player on the game, while Thiago Alcantara is the best midfielder according to total points accrued.
Although not in the overall top 10, Bayern’s Manuel Neuer leads the way in the goalkeeper rankings (85 points). In second place – you guessed it – is Leipzig’s Peter Gulacsi (70 points). Orban and Halstenberg are the top two defenders in the game, while Mats Hummels (106 points) is Bayern’s best point-scoring defender.
While there may be a Bayern player in front in three of the four positional categories (Neuer, Thiago and Lewandowski), Leipzig’s four players to Bayern’s two in the top 10 underline the wealth of options offered by the promoted side in the Official Fantasy Bundesliga.
Leipzig’s strength in depth is also proven by the total points scores of the clubs: Both have called upon 20 players so far this season, with Bayern’s players returning 1,362 Official Fantasy Bundesliga points. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s players have collected 1,406.
Which set of players has more Official Fantasy Bundesliga points after Wednesday night could go a long way to indicating where the Bundesliga title is headed this season.
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