Remember a couple of weeks ago when I brought Zlatko Junuzovic and Fin Bartels into my team less than a quarter of an hour before Werder Bremen were due to face Eintracht Frankfurt?
They both went on to score at the Commerzbank Arena and I received a ton of points.
Well, last weekend I had the opposite experience. I signed Stefan Kießling at around 20:25CEST on Friday, five minutes before Bayer Leverkusen’s Matchday 31 curtain-raiser against Schalke was due to kick off. You can imagine the look of horror on my face when I checked the score at half-time, although Kießling did go on to net a consolation for the struggling Werkself.
Anyway, let’s not beat about the bush. Here are my five recommendations for Matchday 32…
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (17.5M, vs. Hoffenheim)
He failed to find the net against Cologne last time out, but no other player has scored more goals in his last ten league appearances than Borussia Dortmund’s Gabonese superstar. BVB play host to Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim this weekend hoping to leapfrog the Sinsheim club into third place, and Aubameyang could have a key role to play: The 27-year-old has never been on the losing side against TSG and has scored four goals in his last last seven encounters with Die Kraichgauer.
Lars Stindl (14.8M, vs. Augsburg)
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) April 29, 2017
The Borussia Mönchengladbach captain is looking to get his name on the scoresheet for the fifth game in a row against Die Fuggerstädter this weekend. If his recent record against them is anything to go by, I’d be highly surprised if he doesn’t grab a goal or two: Stindl is unbeaten in his last ten encounters with FCA (ten wins, four draws), scoring six times in the process. If other results go their way, victory for the Foals could lift them level on points with sixth-place Werder Bremen – and to within touching distance of the UEFA Europa League places.
Daniel Caligiuri (12.1M, vs. Freiburg)
Caligiuri has registered two goals and three assists in 12 league starts for the Royal Blues since joining the club from Wolfsburg in January. During his time at the Volkswagen Arena he faced Freiburg five times, winning four and drawing the other. He also made the scoresheet twice in that time, with both his goals coming in the Wolves’ 2-1 win at the Schwarzwald-Stadion in October 2014. If he can repeat the trick on Matchday 32, Schalke’s European hopes might not be dead and buried just yet…
Danny Latza (7.55M, vs. Hamburg)
— Mainz 05 English (@Mainz05en) April 15, 2017
Arguably the biggest game of the weekend – apart from Dortmund’s clash with Hoffenheim – takes place at the OPEL Arena, where fellow strugglers Mainz and Hamburg face off in a clash that could have a huge bearing in the battle for Bundesliga survival. Mainz came out on top the last time these two sides met – thanks in no small part to a hat-trick from the most unlikely of sources, midfielder Danny Latza. The 27-year-old has scored just once since, but his record in the challenges department makes him a valuable asset for Official Fantasy Bundesliga coaches.
Neven Subotic (2.8M, vs. Werder Bremen)
Now then, here’s an interesting one. Bremen are unbeaten in their last 11 league matches – winning nine of those – and are second in the overall Rückrunde form table. However, the Green-Whites have never beaten a team containing Neven Subotic. In fact, the former Dortmund man has ended up on the winning side in each of his seven appearances against the northern giants. Having kept a clean sheet against his old club last time out, can the former Serbia international help Cologne do the same on Matchday 32?
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