The Coach: Three favourable fixtures on Matchday 32

It may be a case of too little, too late when it comes to catching Flo ‘The Scout’, but I was delighted with my Official Fantasy Bundesliga performance last weekend.

All three transfers – Marcel Halstenberg, Leon Goretzka and Yussuf Poulsen – paid off and, while I didn’t take the gamble on moving the captain’s armband off of Goretzka, I still managed to rack up 118 points!

So with three games left that’s the benchmark I’ve set for myself and I’ve got another three fixtures up my sleeve that should produce promising points tallies in fantasy terms.

Bayern Munich vs Darmstadt

I know it’s an easy choice, but it’s one that is impossible to ignore. Bayern have just wrapped up their record-breaking fifth Bundesliga title in a row and now welcome lowly Darmstadt to the Allianz Arena. The Lilies are enjoying a three-game winning streak, but considering they’ve only picked up three points on foreign soil all season, I can’t see them extending that run in Munich against a side that have conceded just eight times on home soil.

Player recommendations
Joshua Kimmich (MF, 131pts, 12.2M):
Kimmich racked up 13 points against Wolfsburg and, with the pressure off, should start again this weekend.

Franck Ribery (MF, 127pts, 11.9M): After being rested in Wolfsburg, I expect Ribery to return to Bayern’s starting line-up and, if he does, he’ll likely be in amongst the goals.

Gladbach vs Augsburg

Gladbach have Europe in their sights and face three teams in the bottom third of the table in the final three games of the season. The Foals’ were impressive in their win over Mainz and, though tired legs kicked in late on, will be glad to have a week to prepare for Ausgburg’s visit. Manuel Baum’s side picked up a stunning 4-0 win last time out, but while that result will have given them a shot in arm, I can’t see them pulling off and upset at the BORUSSIA-PARK.

Player recommendations
Mahmoud Dahoud (MF, 167pts, 12.4M)
: I keep suggesting him and he keeps paying off! Dahoud has picked up at least seven points in five of his last six games.

Lars Stindl (FW, 68pts, 6.1M): Gladbach’s ‘Captain Fantastic’ has scored in each of his last four games and racked up 42 points in that time frame.

Hamburg vs Mainz

This is my risky pick of the weekend! Hamburg got caught out against Augsburg, but have been a very strong side at home under head coach Markus Gisdol with notable wins against Hertha, Gladbach, Cologne and Hoffenheim. Mainz, meanwhile, we not at their best against Gladbach last weekend! In this relegation six-pointer, my gut tells me that HSV’s experience will prove invaluable as they look to steer clear of the drop zone.

Player recommendations
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (DF, 103pts, 9.15M):
Papadopoulos wins an average of just under 12 challenges a game and won’t force you to break the bank to draft him in.

Bobby Wood (FW, 148pts, 8.3M): The USMNT international is a fantastic budget option for this weekend. If he scores, and that is a big if, he will likely register double digits.

Never tactics bored,

JT

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