Frankfurt v Mainz – Saturday 14:30
Danny da Costa, Frankfurt
Although it may seem strange, we’ve gone for the right back, Danny da Costa, to score. He’s a huge price but we fancy him to continue his brilliant form as he’s grabbed a goal and an assist over his last two games. He’s been pushed further forward of late, where he’s posed a serious threat and has been one of the standout Frankfurt performers in recent weeks. This is highlighted by the German taking six shots in his last five games compared to none across his other four appearances. He’ll fancy his chances against a Mainz side who have lost eight of their 10 matches when visiting top-six sides since the start of last season, conceding at least twice in all of these. Furthermore, Mainz were beaten 3-0 by this opposition last month in the DFB-Pokal.
Rodrigo Moreno, Valencia
Rodrigo Moreno is back to his best form once again this season, having scored eight goals in his first 13 games, he then only manged just one strike in his next 12 games. However, he’s now scored three times in his last two games, including a superb individual goal against Real Betis in his last home game. What’s more, he’s taken eight shots in his last two games, compared to just one in his four games prior to that, showing his confidence has returned. The hosts have won each of their nine home games this season when excluding visits from the top six, scoring at least two goals in the last eight of these. Moreover, Rodrigo has netted in two of Valencia’s three encounters with the visitors across all competitions this term.
Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid
Since the arrival of Diego Costa in January, Antoine Griezmann has found his best form, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists across just 11 matches and finding the net eight times across his last four. The visitors have won 10 of their last 11 in all competitions, only losing to Barcelona in this time, and excluding that defeat they’ve got on the scoresheet an impressive nine times over their last two away fixtures. Villarreal however, have lost six of their last nine games in all competitions, conceding at least two goals in four of these losses and to make things worse they will be without their star left back Jaume Costa.
Real Madrid v Girona – Sunday 19:45, Sky Sports
Gareth Bale, Real Madrid
Since returning from injury, Gareth Bale has taken more of an lead role in La Liga and he will be eager to show Zizou he deserves a spot in the starting team for the Champions League. He is going the right way about getting it as he’s netted in both his last two home games, including in a man of the match performance against Alaves. He’s netted eight times in his 14 league starts this season with his last one coming against Getafe, who like their opponents here were also promoted this season. In fact, the Welshman has scored in seven of his 11 home starts against promoted teams since joining Madrid and should get a few chances with Real’s form improving – they’ve won all their last four at the Bernabeu while scoring times.