The Expert: Five players facing favoured opposition on Matchday 25

Would you believe it? I had Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, Arjen Robben and Thiago Alcantara in my team on Matchday 24, yet the only outfield player to reach double figures – apart from Lewandowski – was Schalke youngster Thilo Kehrer. Fair play to the young lad!

Kehrer is set to be joined in my squad by three of the following five players, who are facing one of their favourite top-flight opponents on Matchday 25. One of them’s a no-brainer, but what do you make of the rest?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (17M, vs. Ingolstadt)

Four goals in three appearances against Die Schanzer? Sorry, folks – I had to include Aubameyang this week. The Gabon international doesn’t always score big – the likes of Sandro Wagner, Anthony Modeste and Jhon Cordoba tend to win more challenges than Aubameyang – but I fully expect him to add to his current tally of 22 league goals against Maik Walpurgis’ struggling side. If you were planning on dropping him, you might want to reconsider.

Yunus Malli (15.3, vs. Darmstadt)

Darmstadt produced a spirited display to beat Mainz on a poignant Saturday afternoon at the Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor. It is with great regret, therefore, that I have to include the Lilies in this column for a third week in a row. Darmstadt fans: Blame Yunus Malli, who has found the net in two of his three appearances against your team. In all seriousness, though, with Wolfsburg on the rise under Andries Jonker, I wouldn’t bet against Malli opening his account for the club on Saturday.

Steven Zuber (3.8M, vs. Bayer Leverkusen)

Zuber is one of the most consistent point-scorers in the Official Fantasy Bundesliga since the turn of the calendar year. The 25-year-old has averaged eight points per game since Matchday 17, and given the fact he’s scored two of his five Bundesliga goals against Bayer Leverkusen – Hoffenheim’s Matchday 25 opponents – I’m tempted to bring him into my squad on Friday. Julian Nagelsmann’s side are on a four-match unbeaten run in the league and I’m expecting them to extend that streak against Die Werkself.

Filip Kostic (13.2M, vs. Eintracht Frankfurt)

Poor Frankfurt can’t buy a win at the moment. The Eagles have lost their last five league matches, including winnable home games against Ingolstadt and Freiburg. Next up for Niko Kovac’s beleaguered side are Hamburg, who bounced back from their 8-0 defeat at Bayern Munich with a morale-boosting victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday. Kostic has won on both his appearances against Eintracht, and scored in Stuttgart’s 4-2 win against them last season. Tempted? I know I am.

Halil Altintop (7M, vs. Freiburg)

Altintop was named in the starting line-up in Augsburg’s 3-0 defeat to Schalke on Sunday, but the former Turkey international has been in and out of Manuel Baum’s side in the last couple of weeks. Manuel, if you’re reading this, please bear in mind that Altintop has scored in each of his last four appearances against the Black Forest club. With just two points separating FCA from the relegation play-off spot, another goal on Saturday would be greatly appreciated among Die Fuggerstädter faithful.

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