The international break: a time to rest and relax? Absolutely not, because there was almost always a Bundesliga player in action for his country around the world last week.
That means plenty of night shifts for your Scout to keep up with all the happenings. Not that I’m complaining because what could be better than sitting in front of the TV at 4am watching Panama play the USA? That’s right, the Bundesliga!
There’s an action-packed ten days ahead of us now with 27 matches to enjoy, and I admit that I’m getting a little excited just thinking about that. But first things first: We have Matchday 26 this weekend, and so I’ve picked out five very interesting players for you all. Here’s my A Team for the weekend:
Stefan Bell (Defender, 1. FSV Mainz 05, 11,05M)
Mainz’s defensive leader isn’t exactly a player who throws himself into every challenge, but the danger he represents in front of goal (already 4 goals this season) is incomparable. The upcoming match also bodes well for Bell as the Ingolstadt forwards attempt an enormous amount of challenges, which means defensive players up against Die Schanzer tend to win more challenges than on average. I’m banking on this trend continuing on Saturday. I believe Bell has a good chance of double-digit points and, even better, a place in my team.
Theodor Gebre Selassie (Defender, Werder Bremen, 11,1M)
When I suggested to some colleagues in the first half of the season to sign a Bremen defender, they gave me some strange looks. But now the Werder defence is tough to breach, with Gebre Selassie and co. conceding just two goals in their last five matches. The Czech international has also stepped up own performances and has been averaging ten points per game. Besides his quality in challenges, he is also a goal threat, which he demonstrated again during the international break with the Czech Republic. It will not be an easy afternoon for Alexander Nouri’s men in Freiburg, but I once again expect a decent points-haul from the 30-year-old right-back irrespective of the result.
Before today, ?? defender Theodor Gebre Selassie had 1️⃣ international goal to his name. He now has 2️⃣ after scoring against San Marino. pic.twitter.com/4wW0Gy9u6h
— PitchingItBlack (@PitchingItBlack) March 26, 2017
Marco Fabian (Midfielder, Eintracht Frankfurt, 10,25M)
The Mexican made his first start of 2017 after a long injury against Hamburg. Fabian put in a decent shift, but was still a shadow of his shining performances from the first half of the season. The playmaker declined to join his country for the international break and remained in Frankfurt to continue his recovery. He has had to take things easy, but I’m convinced we’ll see the old Fabian again on Saturday against Borussia Mönchengladbach: full of tricks, ready to perform and hungry for a goal. A great combination in the Bundesliga and for Official Fantasy Bundesliga managers.
Franck Ribery (Midfielders, FC Bayern München, 11,8M)
The international break will also have done Franck Ribery a world of good. The Frenchman has been plagued by muscle problems this year, but he still has three Bundesliga appearances since the winter break. Now he is once again fully fit as the season enters the finishing straight. I wouldn’t be surprised if the experienced Frenchman again runs circles around the Augsburg defence on Saturday. On his day, there is no better midfielder in Official Fantasy Bundesliga. Snatch him up!
Davie Selke (Forward, RB Leipzig, 9M)
The injury to Timo Werner looks set to hand Davie Selke a chance to shine as competitor Yussuf Poulsen is not yet fully fit. Bringing the Germany U21 into your team could be a slight risk, but one that could easily pay off. On average, Selke wins over 14 challenges per 90 minutes and as a real poacher is perfect for Leipzig against the deep-sitting Darmstadt. If the 22-year-old gets the nod to start, which I assume he will, then he is a real candidate for the Fantasy Team of the Week. Anyone who has him in their team can be doubly pleased as most other managers will likely not have him in their side.
I’m still considering whether to react to the absence of Manuel Neuer for my team, or whether to rely on by back-up Peter Gulacsi until the Germany captain returns. It’s a tough decision because I have already used two of my three transfers by bringing in Stefan Bell and Marco Fabian.
Sticking to my three golden rules, I’ll only made a final decision on Friday afternoon. You should consider doing the same.
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