This was the final weekend of Bundesliga football dominating our screens, so this article is the last of its kind accordingly. It was a fascinating matchday that will certainly prove significant in the final standings.
Bayern of course furthered their lead at the top of the table with a safe 4-2 victory over Leverkusen. The defeated Leverkusen side missed Kai Havertz through injury, though the Silver Lining was certainly Florian Wirtz's goal. He became the youngest ever Bundesliga scorer, having only turned 17 last month. Monchengladbach have moved held on at fourth, whilst Leipzig dropped points at Paderborn. Schalke continued poor form, making it 12 matches without a win. Werder Bremen, Bundesliga's longest serving club, are now 6 points from safety and look ever-closer to dropping out of the top tier of German football.
The battle for Champions League qualification is tight, whilst the relegation battle looks uneasy as Werder Bremen cling on in hope of avoiding automatic relegation.
Let's take a look at our ones to watch from the previous review:
Andre Silva came good just as we had anticipated. The Portuguese forward was the Top Forward Dividend winner in Eintracht Frankfurt's mid-week victory over Werder Bremen. A PB dividend was a great result here and we'd hope he'd be able to continue the goalscoring form going in to the weekend fixture against Mainz. However, a somewhat unexpected 2-0 defeat at home was not foreseen and Andre Silva's value didn't shift. He's still a budget hold going forward - the last three fixtures to a poor Schalke side, Koln and Paderborn gives hope that he'll finish the season with a few more goals on the tally. No other Portuguese striker has established himself to the same extent as Silva in the Top 5 leagues in Europe, so when International Football returns he could be a huge success.
A goal scored again. That takes him to 10 goals and 2 assists in 19 appearances. Not bad at all. RB Leipzig's discipline has let them down in the last few fixtures. A red card again this week saw them only come away with a draw to bottom side Paderborn - we'd have liked to see more goals and Schick would've had the chance to seriously impress. RBL looked all but certain to qualify for Champions League football a few weeks ago. Now they sit just 4 points from dropping down to 6th place. With Dortmund yet to come, the remaining three fixtures must all be a confident win to ensure they'll be playing UCL next season. With Poulsen still out indefinitely, Schick will most likely pair with Werner for the next fixtures and have another great chance to impress if he can continue form. RBL face Hoffenheim as the only Bundesliga fixtures on Friday 12th, perhaps Schick can capitalise on this opportunity.
Ones to Watch
Gnabry has dropped from the £5 mark to £4.58 since Bundesliga's return. He's still been contributing, scoring in MD30 and assisting in MD29. Bayern have dominated their fixtures and face a relatively easy run in. After Monchengladbach they have Werder Bremen and SC Freiburg - both who've struggled to generate much attacking place. Bayern will likely dominate possession and relentlessly attack. Gnabry, if starting, has a good opportunity to reignite interest on Football Index. He's double digits in goals and assists this season for a European Giant - plenty of reasons to invest. It's easy to imagine he'll be a £5 player next season should Bayern continue to build as expected.
Moussa Diaby has dipped in the last couple of weeks to a tempting £2.25 share price. Diaby continues to start for Leverkusen, and although they've had some shaky fixtures of recent, their run in looks hopeful. They face a fractured Schalke side on Sunday 14th in one of the two fixtures on that day. Leverkusen have a chance to run riot, which could offer a springboard for Diaby to jump back up to his previous heights near £2.50. Diaby will be testing a feeble Schalke defence who've been a yard behind almost every forward they've faced. Leverkusen will be throwing everything into the run-in, hoping to qualify for UCL next season.