It’s been another great week for trading. Buzz King Sanchez held sway in the Media dividends, the transfer rumours have bubbled furiously, and Football INDEX CEO Adam Cole revealed more exciting developments in his mid-week Q&A. Let’s take a recap…
Friday 19th January (Single Match Day)
Like some Media energizer bunny – Alexis Sanchez just kept going and going, collecting another 5p per share dividend last Friday with 4,990 points. Most of the headlines revealed how desperately reporters were scraping the barrel to find something newish to say to satiate the footie public’s hunger for developments. We were growing increasingly impatient. The Mirror clocked up a 120-pointer with their relating of Pep’s classy congratulations to his derby rivals and to Sanchez himself (here). Other posts suggested that Sanchez could be included in the Arsenal team to face Crystal Palace, perhaps endangering the potential deal. Through his Daily Mail column, Martin Keown declared Sanchez ‘the biggest mercenary in football’, something they took umbrage at on 5Live’s The Friday Football Social. UEFA.com countered with a 100-pointer that just asked the rhetorical question, “How brilliant is Alexis Sanchez?” (here). Answer: Pretty brilliant — for his Football INDEX traders!
Update on Alexis Sanchez:
Purchased 9 days ago.
+£860 in value.
+£211 from 9 Media BUZZ wins.
Expecting at least another 6/7 Media Buzz wins this month.
— FI Bruce Wayne (@Football_INDEX_) January 19, 2018
Just three days on from destroying the Strasbourg goalkeeper, former West Ham winger Dimitri Payet (£0.91) flexed his skills again, helping his Marseille side to second place in France’s Ligue 1. Payet and former Newcastle flop, Florian Thauvin (£3.01), scored second-half goals in the 0-2 away victory over Caen. WhoScored rated Payet a modest 7.7, but 206 Match Day points ensured that the Midfielder and Star Player dividend combo of 6p per share went to traders with Payet in the portfolios. (Highlights)
TOPRAK RACKS TOP
2 shots, 92% pass success, 5 aerials won, 4 tackles, and who knows what other splendors Borussia Dortmund defender Ömer Toprak (£1.08) brought to the pitch in the 1-1 away draw to Hertha! The statisticians tell us the 28-year-old was 136 PB points of German-born Turkish Delight and who are we to question such exacting certitude? Suffice to say our man could probably be found the following day doing Top Defender donuts in his local Lidl car park. Or maybe that was just INDEX traders who had Toprak shares in the surprise aisle of their portfolios! (Highlights)
Despite three awarded penalties (one of which was saved), the highlight of the Getafe 2-2 Athletic Bilbao match in La Liga on Friday night had to be Inaki Williams’ (£1.11) volleyed lob of the keeper. Whether accidental or intended, the result was a magical goal that helped win Williams traders the Top Forward dividend with 90 PB points. The 23-year-old Spaniard had been considered a person of interest for Liverpool, but just penned a new Athletic Bilbao deal with a £96M release clause. Cue the sound of squealing brakes. (Highlights)
— Tom Randerson (@TomR_FI) January 19, 2018
Saturday 20th January (Treble Match Day)
SAN’ THE MAN
You probably haven’t heard of him, but some chap called Alexis Sanchez was the Media Dividends winner, last Saturday! Yes, 4,390 points and the dividends just kept coming for grateful INDEX traders with a whole bunch of El Senor Sanchez stuffed into their portfolios. Share price took a dip to £6.93 but rallied back to £7.06 by Sunday afternoon. The Mirror reported how Sanchez scarves were on sale at Old Trafford and later banged out another 100 pointer picking out 5 talking points in how Arsenal had coped without him in their 4-1 win over Crystal Palace (highlights). The Independent scored a ton of BUZZ with one headlined ‘Manchester United need Alexis Sanchez but battling win at Burnley shows team he’s about to join still has plenty to offer’ (here). The wait went on.
FEELING THE SERGE
The man seemingly most at threat when Sanchez was presumed to be going to Manchester City reminded everyone on Saturday that he’s not too shabby as a goal scorer either. Sergio Aguero (£3.20) has much in common with his Chilean counterpart. Aside from the odd lash-out red card (usually involving David Luiz), the quiet Argentinian doesn’t attract anywhere like the same press as Sanchez has done for many moons since coming to the UK. But Aguero deserved the spotlight following the hat-trick he scored for the Sky Blues in their 3-1 win over Newcastle. 288 Match Day points further declared that, on Saturday, he was not only the best striker in England, but the best in Europe as he collected Top Forward and Top Overall dividends worth a total of 18p per share! First goal he scored with the tips of his hair (possibly his aura), second goal from the penalty spot, third goal a poacher special. What about that Leroy Sane (£2.66) dribble and assist for Aguero’s third goal though! (Highlights)
BENJAMIN’S ON THE BUTTON
Rennes’ midfielder +58.55% Benjamin Bourigeaud (£0.99) may only have a one-line Wikipedia entry, and a hairstyle straight out of ‘Chicken Run’, but the 24-year-old from Calais was Saturday’s Top Midfielder 12p per share dividend winner. Scoring the only goal (from the penalty spot) in Rennes 1-0 home victory over Angers helped earn the lad 248 Match Day points and the undying appreciation of those traders holding him amongst their portfolio picks. According to WhoScored’s heatmap (here), BB did most of his ground scratching in an eighth of the opponents’ half located just over the half-way line on the right.
…You probably didn’t need to know that. …Too late now. It’s in you. (Highlights)
Goals from Matthias Ginter (£0.66) and Eden’s brother +15% Thorgan Hazard (£1.39) saw Borussia Monchengladbach beat Augsburg 2-0 in the Bundesliga. An early match-winning header from Ginter and a clean sheet helped ensure the 24-year-old German international won the Top Defender dividend with 201 Match Day points of Teutonic terrifies! (Highlights)
Sunday 21st January 2018 (Treble Match Day)
Yeah, you guessed it. Still there at the top last Sunday. Alexis Sanchez pulling in another 5p per share with a total of 4,160 points with his price hovering around £7.06. While Watford were giving their manager the ‘Silva bullet’, Sanchez was spotted speeding like a bullet, by private plane, to Manchester for his medical. And later we even saw the first grainy shot of him doing a selfie on the pitch while wearing a Red Devil shirt with his name and the number 7 on the back. (Here).
GUADA LOVE HIM
Lots of top French players have Guadeloupean origins, like Thierry Henry, Anthony Martial (£2.55), Alexandre Lacazette (£2.52), and Thomas Lemar (£2.21) to name a few. But Sunday’s Top Midfielder/Star Player — +16.03% Wylan Cyprien (£2.01) – was actually born in Guadaloupe in the Caribbean. The 22-year-old was Nice’s matchwinner in the 1-0 victory over St Etienne. His slick free-kick defied the keeper’s clumsy attempts to palm it out. 250 Match Day points and a total dividend return of 18p per share saw the young player’s price shoot up by as much as 22p! (Highlights)
In La Liga, Barcelona travelled to Real Betis and thrashed them 0-5 with two each for Messi and Suarez (here). However, a resurgent Real Madrid bettered even that with a 7-1 demolition of Deportivo. There were two goals each for Nacho Fernandez (£0.83), Gareth Bale (£3.54), and a bloodied Cristiano Ronaldo (£5.62), with Luka Modric (£0.79) the other scorer. ‘The goal glut brought blisters to their fans’ hands as they continued to applaud their team,’ wrote Marca.com. Earning 219 PB points to take the 12p Top Forward dividend, Gareth Bale, was given a ‘standing ovation’ when subbed off late in the game, according to the Guardian. ‘With no sign of his injury problems, he made it clear that he is ready for the challenges that lie ahead and wants to prove his worth,’ added Marca. WhoScored gave Real Madrid left back Marcelo (£1.71) a 9.6 rating for his performance in the match, which included two assists. He picked up our Top Defender dividend with 194 Match Day points. (Highlights)
There were no dividends involved but Lyon’s 2-1 defeat of PSG deserves a recap. The brilliantly sneaky free-kick opener from Lyon captain, +12.64% Nabil Fekir (£3.78), was awesome and we saw a 16p hike on his price as a result. Kylian Mbappé (£4.02) was stretchered off after a hell of a collision with the Lyon keeper. Nothing major wrong, fortunately. Layvin Kurzawa (£1.13) scored a brilliant equalizer for the Paris side just before half-time. When Dani Alves (£1.81) took out a Lyon player from behind in the second half and then got right up in the face of the ref, there was no option but to red card him. That made things the more difficult for PSG who were killed off by a simply sensational goal from Memphis Depay (£1.30).
Monday 22nd January 2018 (Single Match Day)
To a rousing chorus of ‘Glory, glory, Man United’, tinkled out on the piano by the man himself, Alexis Sanchez was FINALLY introduced to the world as a Manchester United player on Monday! (Here) With Henrikh Mkhitaryan making his own ‘dream come true’ move the other way, the completion of the Sanchez transfer well and truly blew the top off the Media thermometer! Over 180 posts and articles generated a whopping 7,080 Media points securing the umpteenth Media dividend win in a row for Sanchez’s INDEX traders! The Chilean’s share price dropped off to £6.86 as some traders cashed out.
LOW COSTA WINS
Second-placed Juventus moved to within a single point of Serie A leaders Napoli after the Old Lady’s Monday night victory over Genoa. The all-important 3 points came from a solitary goal tapped-in by Bayern Munich loanee, Douglas Costa (£0.70), from a Mario Mandzukic (£0.75) assist.
191 Match Day points earned Costa traders the Top Midfielder/Star Player dividend worth a total of 6p per share on the night, while Mandzukic traders picked up the 4p per share Top Forward dividend.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT, ALFIE?
Liverpool’s visit to Swansea threw up a surprise contender for the Top Defender dividend on Monday night. One might have expected it to go to the Reds £75m new signee, Virgil van Dijk (£1.85). The 26-year-old provided a terrific pass for Mo Salah (£4.08) to volley at, but it was the Dutchman’s ‘mistake’ in heading a corner down to the opposition that let Alfie Mawson (£0.72) power in the game’s only goal. The Swans then mired their ‘Formula One’ opposition in gridlock to secure the three points. Mawson, who is a set of tombstone teeth away from being comedian Rob Beckett’s doppelgänger, picked up the 4p per share with 187 Match Day points.
“Match winning performance by Alfie Mawson last night. Scored the winner and blocked Lallana’s shot at the death to claim the 3 points.” ~@FootballIndexUK
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Tuesday 23rd January 2018 (Treble Media Day)
The January transfer window’s ménage-a-trois of Alexis Sanchez, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued to dominate the media headlines on Tuesday. The to-ing and fro-ing threesome racked up 4,400, 1,200, and 1,070 Media points respectively to take the 8p, 5p, and 2p per share Treble Media Day dividends.
New boy: Sanchez was pictured arriving for his first day of training at Old Trafford (here).
Cute: In a 100-pointer from the Mirror we saw his famous dogs, Atom and Humber, dressed up in United shirts (here).
Anti-venom: A bemused and alarmed Thierry Henry was forced to issue a denial statement (here) after Sanchez had dropped the former Arsenal hero in a WTF ‘snake’ s**tstorm!
Wednesday 24th January (Single Match Day)
The Alexis #Sanchez dominance continues
— Football INDEX (@FootballIndexUK) January 24, 2018
A more modest 1,900 points on Wednesday, but King Sanchez was still holding onto the Media crown, shoving another 5p per share dividend into his traders’ grateful mitts! Having unwittingly pushed Thierry Henry in the poo back on Monday, Sanchez tried to pull him out again, as related in this 50-pointer from The Telegraph (here). Meanwhile, in a 120-pointer, the Daily Star liked this fan’s new chant to goad City fans (here).
LADS FROM LAZIO
On Wednesday night, the lads from Lazio tied up a 3-0 win over Udinese to go third in Serie A — 8 points adrift of league leaders, Napoli. And our Single Match Day PB dividends all went to Lazio players.
Lucas Lucre: Lucas Leiva (£1.01) scored one goal in his ten years with Liverpool, so he’s got a lot of not-scoring to do to match that record at Lazio! But never fear, he’s on his way. What he can’t do in bulging nets, he makes up for in mid-pitch battles. With 167 Match Day points earned, Leiva traders got the Top Midfielder/Top Overall 6p per share as their 31-year-old Brazilian did his thang!
Nani Money: After an own goal from an Udinese defender, Former Manchester United winger Nani (£0.81) banged in a ‘match winning goal’ and picked up enough Match Day points (152) to claim the Top Forward dividend of 4p per share. WhoScored rated his team-mate Felipe Anderson (£1.17) much higher, as a 9.6 MOTM for his goal and assist. Anderson is classed as an attacking midfielder despite playing in the forward role on the night.
Def Stef Divvy: BarcaBlaugranes.com reckon Barcelona should target Stefan de Vrij (£0.96) from Lazio. The 25-year-old Dutch international is stalling with his contract due to run out in the summer. He put in a 128 Match Day points worth of effort to win his traders the 4p Top Defender divvy.
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— Football INDEX (@FootballIndexUK) January 24, 2018
Thursday 25th January (Treble MEDIA Day)
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A’XIS OF POWER
For the sixteenth day-in-a-row, Alexis Sanchez (£6.83) was your Media Dividend Winner on Thursday
— FI Louis (@FIndexLouis) January 25, 2018
“Weekend away in Barcelona, all funded by Sanchez dividends this month!” tweeted @FIndexLouis ahead of jetting off to see Messi & Co.
After Arsenal had pinballed a victory over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup Metro clocked a 100-pointer towards the 1,640 total reporting on Mohamed Elneny’s ‘dig at Alexis Sanchez’. And earned another 80 points relaying Luke Shaw’s ‘awe’ at his new teammate’s skills in training (here).
— Football INDEX (@FootballIndexUK) January 26, 2018
Riyad Mahrez’s decision to attend the Arsenal vs Chelsea match at the Emirates and sneak out afterward set tongues wagging. Was this evidence he was going to sign for the Gunners? 690 points of media speculation earned his traders the second Media dividend worth 5p per share. That included four 100-point scoring articles, like this one (here). Judging from the lack of movement on his share price (£1.94), few of you were buying it.
With 620 points, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£3.28) traders picked up the third Media dividend of 2p per share. Having had their second bid rejected, Arsenal’s talks with Dortmund had ‘stalled’. Speculating on Arsenal’s somewhat notorious bidding tactics, @GuillemBalague warned, “As PEA doesnt want to play for Dortmund anymore it makes sense to play with deadline. But… once you are here, you must get the player!” Will Arsenal break the club record to do that or lose out?
BLOG: Traders React to the Q&A
Soon to be 15 days in a row hopefully and tomorrow is debut day lol, Alexis me and my bank balance thanks you 👌
— Ross Dyer (@theIndexNutter) January 25, 2018
That’s all folks!
Wishing YOU Great Fortune in the Week Ahead Trading on the One and Only Football INDEX!