Bundesliga MD28 – BVB the victim in Klassiker massacre at Bayern, Hoffenheim still climbing

If Peter Stöger was looking to dispel the myth that his Dortmund team was defensively sound, a six-nil stomping in Munich was an emphatic way to do it. The result propels Bayern into their Champions League date with Sevilla with wind in their sails, and leaves BVB vulnerable to being overtaken as they enter a tricky set of fixtures.

Matt and Abel get a jump on match day 28 analysis, chewing over all the Klassiker fallout, the steady rise of Hoffenheim and much much more. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD 26 – Titz the cure for what ails Hamburg after Bayern battering, Michy saves BVB’s bacon again

It’s basically a done deal – Hamburg are going down. This week’s two-part reset-button smash on either side of a 6-0 hiding at the hands of Bayern proves the club knows it too. Listen in as Matt and Abel go deep on the team the elegantly named Christian Titz is taking over as interim coach. (The two could just as easily have talked about Cologne’s sense of impending doom – unfortunately, they hadn’t yet lost to Bremen when the pod recorded.)

Also plenty of talk on Dortmund’s Dusel in winning against Eintracht, the doldrums of the foals, Franck Ribery’s renaissance weekend, and much much more. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

TF Fantasy MD26 preview – All hail fantasy king Flo, whose advice will take you to the top

It’s a banner week for TF Fantasy – our very own Flo Reinecke has taken over top spot on the global Official Fantasy Bundesliga charts…and boy does he let JT know about it!

James, somewhat further down the table and ever the good sport, takes pride in the accomplishment and sets up the table-topper for plenty of chances to find out where the bargains are on MD26. As a bonus bit of food for thought, 2. Bundesliga maven Jonny Walsh of the 2. Bundesliga Podcast stops by to give you a few names to think about for next season. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD25 – Bayern open 20-point gap at the top, Leipzig and BVB prep for Europa League test with stalemate

This past weekend was like a point of emphasis, driving home what we probably already knew: Bayern Munich are in a different class from the rest of the Bundesliga, and so are Hamburg and Cologne. (A lower one.)

Matt and Abel are back together this week, taking it all in: The future of Bayern Munich (and whether it might include Thomas Tuchel); whether Europe’s young guns will be enticed by Stöger-ball in Dortmund; just how cooked are HSV and 1.FC Köln’s geese; how high can Tayfun Korkut take VfB Stuttgart? (That last one is given musical life by the spectacular Adam Darowski – we cannot express the extent of our thanks.)

Enjoy the episode! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

TF Fantasy MD 24 preview – JT seeks to bounce back from a terrible horrible no good very bad match day, Flo (as usual) sitting pretty

James is looking for whatever edge he can find after a weekend to forget in BL Fantasy – in part down to circumstances beyond his control. Flo managed to cash in on Mainz(!) players last week and if you listen in to this one, he has some other wild cards up his sleeve to help you prepare for MD 24. Produced to Aidan Rantoul. Enjoy!

 

Bundesliga MD23 – A fireside chat about Monday Night Fussball, Wolfsburg and HSV with Stephan Uersfeld

Bundesliga fans were ROCKED by a punishing new schedule this week…one which meant they had to travel to a stadium or tune in their TV sets (shudder) on a Monday!!! Luckily, those who survived the indignity have lived to tell a tale of a helluva match between Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig.

Matt catches up with Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN to talk through the weekday special, the coaching move Wolfsburg made this week, and HSV’s dim prospects of staying in the top flight. This little baby produced by Aidan Rantoul is all conducted in a most genteel style in the Kaminbar of a swank hotel, and therefore best enjoyed with a snifter of your finest by the fireside. Enjoy!

TF Fantasy MD23 lowdown – Ill players, true predictions, squad rotation and its consequences

What to do with a player you’ve heard has come down with the flu? How do you predict what Europa League teams might do to their starting XI’s in the game after Thursday night action? And how do you bring yourself down from a MD22-prediction high and get buckled in for another week of action?

JT and Flo get stuck in to their line-up planning (and perhaps yours) for Match Day 23 – listen, learn and laugh along with them! Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

TF Fantasy MD22 tips – Play Batshuayi, stick with Caiuby, kill Bailey

Wait, kill Bailey? Ok, don’t actually kill him – just consider dropping him from your team after hearing James and Flo’s game of ‘shag, marry, kill.’

The boys revisit their successes and mistakes from MD21, hand out a few tips for MD22, and chew the fat about the season ahead, including what might be in store for the Bundesliga’s European participants. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.

Bundesliga MD21 – Batshuayi bags brace on BVB debut, 50+1 debate

Debuts rarely go as well as Michy Batshuayi’s. In fact, nobody had entered the Bundesliga with a brace since…Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back in 2013.

Matt and Abel sing the (ok-just-this-once) ‘Batman’s praises, as well as talk over the strange doings that saw Schalke go from three points to the good to empty-handed. The boys also talk over the latest doings in the DFL’s debate over what to do with the 50+1 rule, a by-law which guarantees fans’ influence over clubs which may be re-worked in the coming years.

Bundesliga MD20 – Stuttgart fire Wolf and hire Korkut, BVB look for new direction

Just a few months ago, Stuttgart were riding high. Their young squad had blasted through the 2. Bundesliga led by the budding  Sporting Director/Coach duo of Jan Schindelmeiser and Hannes Wolf and were looking secure in there assault on the top flight. Seven months later, the magic is over. They just hired Tayfun Korkut, for god’s sake.

Abel is at the wheel of the pod in Matt’s absence, pairing up with Flo, who shows he’s more than just a fantasy expert in a tour de force appearance that covers all the best topics from Matchday 20. Produced by Aidan Rantoul.