Der Klassiker provided a great game - Bayern look to have all but won the season...again. Leverkusen were firmly knocked back out of Champions League qualifying places with a heavy home defeat to Wolfsburg but bounced right back up with a win against Freiburg to keep their Champions League chase alive. Meanwhile, RB Leipzig failed to take the opportunity to climb to second place mid-week as Hertha Berlin continued their fine goal-scoring form in the 2-2 draw on Wednesday. Hertha went on to win again at the weekend, making it 4 games undefeated under Labbadia. Augsburg only came away with a point against bottom side Paderborn, whilst 17th place Werder Bremen battled for a crucial point against 4th place Monchengladbach. Bremen also took a vital win against an appalling Schalke side at the weekend; Schalke have picked up just 4 points in their last 11 games. 5 red cards through MD28/29 was a sure indication of the league hotting up. Although Bayern look to be romping ahead for their 8th consecutive Bundesliga title, the mid-table is wrestling one another to either secure a European spot or safety from relegation.
Let's take a minute to check how our 'ones to watch' from the Matchday 27 Review played.
Marcus Thuram paid tribute to George Floyd in Sunday's fixture against Union Berlin.
We outlined Lukebakio as a threat in the RB Leipzig fixture, on the basis that both Hertha and Leipzig have thrown numbers into the box going forward is, though hadn't been challenged defensively in recent games. Sure enough, a feisty 2-2 draw with one red card was played out. Despite Lukebakio not getting on the scoresheet, his play certainly looks good on the eye when playing in the newly refurbished Hertha front three. Hertha continued their form through the weekend winning 2-0. Lukebakio again looking strong but failing to make his mark with goal involvements. However, disappointment is not to be felt - it only looks a matter of time until Lukebakio gets in on the action as Hertha have bagged 11 in their last 4 games.
The veteran striker's unusually hot form in the reborn Hertha side gave us every reason to tell traders to keep an eye out. Ibisevic did cool off through the week, ending his streak of goal involvements, though Hertha certainly don't look as though they are slowing up. Hertha have now scored two or more goals in every one of their last 4 matches. The attacking form in Berlin is one to keep a tab on regardless of how well this week's individual performances were from both Ibisevic and Lukebakio.
I disappointing mid-week performance from Monchengladbach saw them slipping up as a key opportunity to take a stride ahead of Leverkusen in the standings. No goals from either side left us wondering if we'd miscalculated the strength of the Monchengladbach attacking force. That lasted approximately 3 days. Thuram came out bagging a brace on Sunday and took Top Forward dividends in a comfortable 4-1 win, paying tribute to George Floyd whilst doing so. The 22 year old now has 10 goals and 8 assists in Bundesliga. Eye catching numbers.
Frankfurt finally found a gear, registering 21 shots in the midweek goal fest against Freiburg. Kostic played the full 90 and registered an assist to take his season assist tally to 10. Frankfurt also went on to take three points against Wolfsburg, indicating they've sorted their act out and will be leveraging their offensive forces in the remaining games this season. Kostic looks as crucial as ever in this team, and his contributions don't look as though they'll be slowing down anytime soon.
We outlined Goretzka as a budget-option for traders backing Bayern Munich in Der Klassiker. The German International started, with Thiago sidelined for the foreseeable future. His teammate Kimmich stole the limelight in that fixture though. Goretzka started against Dusseldorf and pipped Top Midfielder in that fixture, paying £0.04 dividends. The 25 year old looked in great form playing his box-box style. Goretzka also featured in the media, on the basis of his muscle gain over the lockdown period. He's certainly a strong athletic ball-player in the middle of the park. Bayern's midfield is packed with talent, yet Goretzka sits far cheaper than Kimmich and Thiago right now.
Wildcard - Coman
Kingsley Coman was our wildcard for the week, as his appearance in Matchday 27 suggested he may establish a starting spot in the squad. He started both games over Perisic this week, offering traders the chance to onboard a high-potential PB winger. Coman didn't make much of an impression in either fixture, but we did suggest he's one to monitor over weeks to come, rather than days. The Bayern wingers will continue to be a threat across Europe, as they have been for the past decade. If you believe Coman will hold a place in Bayern's squad, then he's sat at great value right now.
Ones to Watch
Going forward into Matchday 30, a couple of players are catching our eye:
The Portuguese striker made it to our Bundesliga Best Buys earlier in the season. Since the restart, Silva has scored in 3 of the 4 games - only failing to convert against Munich. This week Eintracht Frankfurt face relegation-battling Werder Bremen in the only game on Wednesday. If he can hold his form, he's in with a chance of taking PB dividends. It's also a good opportunity for keen fans to take note of the Striker and maybe rise a little in value, given Frankfurt have generally not been watched on Silver Matchdays when better teams have been on offer. Frankfurt also face an easy run in compared to most teams - Hertha Berlin are their most prominent challenge yet to come. We should see a few goals from this side late in the season and Silva looks to be the man most likely to score them.
RB Leipzig face bottom side Paderborn on Saturday. With Poulsen out injured, Schick has stepped in to the Starting Lineup to partner with Timo Werner and has scored in both starts. At £1.53 with a mist of transfer speculation starting to form, Schick offers a good value investment for those willing to take the chance. He's scored 9 in 18 games, having only started in 12 of those. He's also chipped in with a couple of assists. There's a good chance Leipzig could romp home with a few goals to their tally against a poor defence. Add to the equation that Dortmund are occupied with rising-stars Hertha, whilst Bayern Munich face Bayer Leverkusen, all on the same day as RBL vs Paderborn. By our estimations, Leipzig show the most scope to take dividends this weekend and face a friendlier run in, with Hoffenheim and Dusseldorf their fixtures thereafter. Schick offers good value if he continues to score every game. He has the opportunity to rise.