The Coach: Three favourable fixtures on Matchday 30

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I’ll be the first to admit I had a bit of a nightmare showing on Matchday 29! I bagged 100 points, but somehow managed to have four, yes four, defenders make non-appearances for their respective sides. Ouch!

However, I did make a smart choice by bringing in Yussuf Poulsen, who proved to be a great choice to replace the suspended Robert Lewandowski. Every cloud has a silver lining right?

This week though, I thought I’d do something a little different with my favourable fixtures. With just seven points separating 8th placed Werder Bremen and Augsburg in 16th, I figured why not take a look at where Official Fantasy Bundesliga points could be picked up in Matchday 30’s three relegation six-pointers.

Hamburg vs Darmstadt

Hamburg slipped back to within a point of the bottom three following their 2-1 loss to Werder in the Nordderby, but it’s their home form this season that has seen them keep their heads above water. The Red Shorts are unbeaten in nine at the Volksparkstadion! Couple that with the fact Darmstadt haven’t picked up a single point on their travels this season, scoring just six goals in 14 games, and everything points to a HSV win.

Player recommendations
Matthias Ostrzolek (DF, 160pts, 9.3M):
Ostrzolek flies under the radar a bit, but he loves to get forward and is regularly the HSV player who wins the most challenges in matches.

Bobby Wood (FW, 139pts, 8.3M): Wood is expected to return to the starting line-up this weekend and I’d fancy him to score if he does. If he doesn’t, plump for Michael Gregoritsch.

Ingolstadt vs Werder Bremen

Ingolstadt’s hot streak was cooled off in emphatic fashion by Wolfsburg last weekend and, without wanting to be overly pessimistic, I reckon that result may have been the final straw for Die Schanzer’s survival hopes. A win against Werder could revive their hopes, but Bremen are unbeaten in nine and, with an outside chance at finishing in the top six, now have an added source of motivation that I believe will serve them well on Saturday.

Player recommendations
Theodor Gebre Selassie (DF, 159pts, 11.6M):
Gebre Selassie has thrived in a more advanced role since Werder shifted to a three-man backline picking up 100 points in the last nine games!

Serge Gnabry (FW, 147pts, 10.3M): The German international is fit again, won’t force you to break the bank and has scored nine of his 10 goals this season away from home.

Frankfurt vs Augsburg

If you had said that Frankfurt would be involved in the relegation battle this season during the winter break, more than a few eyebrows would have been raised. The Eagles were 4th place during the one-month hiatus, but have picked up just nine points in the 13 games that have followed. Augsburg haven’t been in the best of form themselves, but gave themselves a shot in the arm by beating Cologne. I’m not convinced they can do it again in Frankfurt.

Player recommendations
David Abraham (DF, 164pts, 7.45M):
I’m backing Frankfurt to keep a clean sheet this weekend and Abraham’s added threat from set pieces makes him the ideal choice.

Marco Fabian (MF, 150pts, 10.55M): Fabian is a great midfielder for Official Fantasy Bundesliga as he wins a lot of challenges and is very trigger happy in front of goal.

Now all of those games take place at the same time during the 15:30 CET kick-offs on Saturday so choose wisely when considering the six players I’ve suggested and make sure to leave yourself options when it comes to swapping players in and out on Sunday.

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