It’s been yet another awesome week on Football INDEX! Here’s your weekly recap of some of the news, the football action, and opportunities to profit…
Friday 2nd February 2018 (Single Match Day)
950 points of coverage won Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£3.40) traders last Friday’s media dividend. From the headlines, we found out the player was a doubt for the weekend’s game after a bout of flu or norovirus, and Alexandre Lacazette (£2.33) was being told to fight for his place in the squad. Meanwhile, talkSPORT racked up 160 points highlighting @TheGafferTapes’ new song for the PEA (here)!
In La Liga, Real Sociedad enjoyed a massive 5-0 home win over Deportivo and unsurprisingly the game generated a couple of the Match Day dividend winners. Being a single match day, the combination of Top Midfielder/Top Overall status for Asier Illarramendi (£1.30) produced the minimum total dividend of 6p per share. The 27-year-old’s brace of goals made a big contribution to the 224 Match Day points he picked up. But you could see why Atletico Madrid had been so keen to try and pry him away. Team-mate Aritz Elustondo (£1.01) scored the final goal and picked up the 4p Top Defender dividend with 175 Match Day points. The 23-year-old’s a product of Real Sociedad’s youth academy. (Highlights)
OH MICHY, YOU’RE SO FINE
Having answered the bat signal, +14.32% Michy Batshuayi (£1.52) delivered a superhero performance for his Borussia Dortmund debut, banging in two of the goals in the 2-3 away victory over Cologne. It’s too early to find out whether this ‘Batshuayi Affleck’ is better than the old ‘Pierre-Emerick Bale’. But the 24-year-old Belgian will have won over plenty of fan-boys with this start – not least among traders picking up the 4p per share Top Forward dividend! (Highlights)
— Football INDEX (@FootballIndexUK) February 2, 2018
Saturday 3rd February (Treble Match Day)
MAN & SAN’
Just when you were getting +7.85% Alexis Sanchez (£6.93) dividend withdrawal symptoms, he was back last Saturday, swabbing up the Media dividend (5p per share) plus Top Forward (12p per share). 1,220 points of media coverage focused, early in the day, on Arsene Wenger’s hindsight regrets at not selling the Chilean to Man City for £60M last summer, and the French manager’s hints that his former striker was now earning much more than £600k a week at Manchester United! Romelu Lukaku’s (£4.08) admiration for Sanchez’s ‘will to win’ got splashed too. But later on, after the 29-year-old’s 191 PB-point-earning Premier League home debut performance, it was all match talk.
‘Alexis Sanchez off the mark as Manchester United return to winning ways against Huddersfield’ rang a 100-pointer from the Independent, replicated in kind across all the usual suspects. It was a penalty and he got in at the second attempt, but the Red Devil wasn’t in the details on this occasion. A goal’s a goal. (Highlights)
On a day of debuts, it wasn’t a debutante who got Top Overall / Top Midfielder, but +19.65% Aaron Ramsey (£1.26) who hit his first senior hat-trick as Arsenal turned Everton over 5-1. The Welsh wizard’s traders picked up the 18p total dividend after their man accumulated 234 PB points. Despite a 9.6 rating from WhoScored, the 27-year-old from Caerphilly wasn’t their green-starred MOTM. That honour went to Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£2.45), who hit the ground running with a ‘dream start’ that saw him get his own hat-trick… of assists! His price was boosted +7.40% overnight and +14.52% for the week. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£3.40) didn’t do too badly either – scoring on his debut thanks to one of those assists from his old pal. (Highlights)
Over £200 in dividend returns today. Used to be happy with that in one month. 🚀
— Footballindex SOTD (@footballindexsd) February 3, 2018
Sunday 4th February (Treble Match Day)
TAKING THE MICHAEL, KANE?
It was a weekend of some brilliant goals, wasn’t it? And the Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham draw produced a couple of crackers, plus some controversy. That controversy, laced in with a bit of history-making, made Harry Kane (£7.80) your media dividend winner for Sunday with 790 points of coverage.
It all kicked off on three minutes when +9.86% Mohamed Salah (£4.31) nipped in to become the ‘fastest Liverpool player ever to 20 PL goals’. A whole 77 minutes later, the freshly subbed on Victor Wanyama (£0.70) found a weapon of mass destruction in his skills locker and thundered in the Spurs equalizer. It deserved the Celine treatment (here)
Four minutes later, we had penalty number one. Was Kane sent sprawling by Karius (£0.81), who saved the resulting penalty, or did the Spurs hit man ‘dive’ like Virgil van Dijk (£1.75) claimed?
Salah then popped up in added time with that Messi-style goal number two for the Reds. With the game heading to the afterlife, a combination of VvD, Erik Lamela (£0.99), and the linesman, saw Harry Kane given a second chance from the spot which he buried to claim not only the draw but his 100th Premier League goal. (Highlights)
Juventus’ 7-0 weekend annihilation of Sassuolo saw +24.10% Alex Sandro (£1.17) score 241 Match Day points to take Top Defender and Top Overall dividends worth 18p per share. The 27-year-old Brazilian scored the opener — that all important, high-scoring ‘match-winning goal’ — and followed up immediately with an assist for goal number two, scored by Sami Khedira (£1.10) who also got the next one. Khedira in turn assisted goal number four by Miralem Pjanić (£1.93). Finishing things off with a second-half hat-trick, Gonzalo Higuaín (£1.57) collected a 10-rating from WhoScored, 202 Match Day points, and Top Forward dividends for his INDEX traders. (Highlights)
Monday 5th February (Single Match Day)
Praising Wanyama’s ‘wonder strike’ in a 140-pointer from Goal.com. Revealing in an 80-pointer from talkSPORT that, “Being released by Arsenal was the best thing that ever happened to me.” No wonder Harry Kane hit top media points for the second day running (1,110 this time)! While fans celebrated his 100 Premier League goals, ESPN scored 120 media points cherry-picking his Top 10 goals (here). It was another 5p per share for Kane traders, plus a 24-hour price gain from £7.58 to £7.80!
HORNETS OF PLENTY
Wow, Watford blitzed Chelsea in the end, didn’t they? Moody Antonio Conte’s self-sabotaging is seemingly giving the Blues a bad case of the blues. But not Javi Garcia’s Hornets. They were buzzing after stinging the champions 4-1. Three great late goals sealed the win after Eden Hazard (£5.31) had equalized brilliantly in the 82nd minute. Daryl Janmaat (£0.52) pinched the ‘match-winning goal’ two minutes later with a terrific little give-and-go in the box. The 28-year-old Dutch right-back picked up 166 Match Day points to earn both Top Defender and Top Overall dividends for his traders. +11.53% Gerard Deulofeu (£0.91), ‘the game’s outstanding performer’ according to the Guardian (here), was Top Forward on 133 Match Day points after scoring the third Watford goal. (Highlights)
BLOG: Chelsea in Crisis
Tuesday 6th February (Treble MEDIA Day)
On the first of three consecutive Treble Media Days, the top spot dividend of 8p per share went to Neymar (£9.39) traders after their birthday boy collected a modest 570 media points. Neymar had turned 26 the previous day, the same day that Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his 33rd birthday. PSG made sure to flatter their man, by projecting his image onto several Paris landmarks along with their birthday wishes. Several news reports cited the PSG director claiming their man was happy at the French club and would be staying. Brazilian Ronaldo (ol’ Bucky) added that his compatriot was more than capable of winning the Ballon d’Or at PSG.
SECOND FOR SANCHEZ
Roughly four-fifths of the 540 points of media coverage that Alexis Sanchez gathered on Tuesday were ffunnelledout of the same Lower Thames Street building, as the Express and the Daily Star tag-teamed for maximum coverage. The Northern & Shell sister act made much of pundit Alejandro Moreno’s claims that the Chilean may never get to show his best while Mourinho is in charge. We’ll see, but with another 5p per share dividend in the bag, from a trading perspective, he’s doing just fine (understatement of the year)!
Wilfried Zaha (£1.60) picked up the third-place 2p per share with 200 points. Salah, Kane, Hazard, and Alli also got 200 media points that day, and if you are wondering why Zaha edged it, check out the tie-rules (listed here). Zaha injured his knee playing against Newcastle (highlights). Consequently, the big worry was that the 25-year-old Ivorian could be ‘facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines’ and how that would affect Crystal Palace’s chances of survival (here)
A big thanks to all of you who turned out for the traders meet-up with Lex Van Dam. And to those who followed CEO Adam Cole’s introduction and update on Facebook Live. Now, while some FB’ers were busy in the chat box likening Adam Cole to Jean-Luc Picard, Pablo Zabaleta, and David Silva (what no Arjen Robben?), most traders were focused on his upbeat message for Football INDEX’s on-going expansion! News that caused the FOOTIE to soar through the 12,000 mark! (See blog link below)
BLOG: Onwards & Upwards
ARTICLE: South American gems rising in market value (here)
Wednesday 7th February (Treble MEDIA Day)
— Football INDEX (@FootballIndexUK) February 8, 2018
The running order for the first two media dividends remained the same on Wednesday. Neymar taking the 8p per share with 720 points, and Sanchez picking up the 5p with 610 points. The Express made a mountain out of a molehill with Marcus Rashford’s Little & Large picture with the Brazilian superstar (here). While the Guardian penned a 90-pointer explaining how Sanchez had accepted an 18-month Spanish jail sentence for tax fraud from his time at Barcelona, but would dodge it if he handed over roughly a week’s wages from his new job (here)
Mohamed Salah traders picked up the bottom media dividend for Wednesday after the Egyptian goal-scoring machine got 450 points of coverage. The Daily Mail nailed the biggest points return by showcasing a fan’s video of ‘Mo Salah skinning defenders’. Great stuff (here)
TOM’S TIP: +15.08% Thomas Lemar (£2.31)
Great night last night at the Trader Event, good to meet a few of you!
— Tom Randerson (@TomR_FI) February 7, 2018
TWEET: Suits you, sirs!
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Thursday 8th February (Treble MEDIA Day)
Well, well Salah. Who saw this coming? Taking home the 8p #MediaDividends 🏆
— Football INDEX (@FootballIndexUK) February 9, 2018
TALK LIKES AN EGYPTIAN
Mohamed Salah (£4.31) was the top media dividend winner on Thursday, pulling in 8p per share for his INDEX traders. Many of the stories contributing to his 570 points worth of exposure sourced quotes from his interview in the March 2018 issue of ‘Four-Four-Two’ (here ). We learned the Egyptian whizz always expected to score well (he’s currently on 28 goals and 9 assists from 34 games), that he’s aiming to challenge Kane for the golden boot, and forget those rumours linking him to Real Madrid because he wants to win a trophy with “the club I supported as a kid.” Salah’s price is up +9.39% since last week!
“Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane ‘to sell under-performing Isco’ if he stays at the Bernabeu next season” read an early Daily Mail headline on Thursday. That set the tone for a mostly Express/Star-fest of speculative articles that followed which propelled the 25-year-old attacking midfielder to a second-place media dividend win. The bookies, we were told, were showing Liverpool as current favourites to sign Isco come the summer. Last week you could have picked up Isco shares for around £2.11. This morning he was 44p more expensive. The 7-day price trend shows +19.88%. …Night fever, night fever. We know how to do it.
Two players were tied on 460 media points on Thursday, but as one of them – guess who! — was still sulking and on strike, the third-place media dividend went to Harry Kane (£7.79) traders! (I’m sure it was for other reasons, but it would be apt.) The 24-year-old from Walthamstow was getting praised at every turn yesterday. Juventus’ midfielder Sami Khedira (£1.10) told BBC Sport that Kane is ‘the most complete striker’ (here), while in an 80-pointer at the Independent, Arsene Wenger was forced to admit through gritted teeth that, ‘statistically, there is no better striker in Europe’ than the Tottenham Hotspur forward (here)! David Ospina (£0.51) looks likely to be between the sticks for Arsenal during Saturday’s north London derby. Doubtless Kane will be salivating over the prospect. He got to make a start on the next 100 PL goals!
BLOG: Excellent ‘January Round-Up’ from @FootballIndexLM
BLOG: Jim asks who’s the ‘Best Premier League Striker?’
ARTICLE: Returning Tottenham defender among our five to buy here
TOM’S TIP: +9.61% Timo Werner (£2.68)
Let's try and make it two Friday Top Forward dividend winners in a row 😏
— Tom Randerson (@TomR_FI) February 9, 2018
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