It’s rare for England fans to be so buoyant at this stage of a World Cup tournament, but fans, players and traders alike will have plenty to cheer this morning after a brilliant 6-1 victory over Panama.
England got off to a blistering start as City defender John Stones (£2.04) was left unmarked in the 6-yard box and headed home in the 8th minute. The Panama defence seemed too preoccupied with wrestling the England players during set pieces and this defensive nativity showed as two penalties were awarded to the Three Lions in the first half; one of which came as a result of Panama’s dirty tactics in the box. Both penalties were hammered home by Harry Kane (£9.07) who lead by example and ended the match on a hat-trick. Harry Kane’s emphatic finishes from the spot we’re practically identical and the power and precision of his penalties bodes well for England should they find themselves having to navigate a penalty shootout in the latter stages of the tournament.
Kane secured his hat trick in the second half after a deflected shot beat the keeper and after his 3 goals, Kane now finds himself in first place for the race for the Golden Boot with 5 goals. Following his haul of goals, the Top Forward Dividends were practically set in stone by 2pm and it was unsurprising to see the England captain secure them and the Star Player Dividends on the day with a score of 247 points. The Media were also clamoring over themselves to wax lyrical over England and Harry Kane and he also helped himself to the Media Dividends with a massive score of 2980. With so much buzz surrounding Kane, it was no surprise to see a price increase of 14p for the England Captain. Kane has already started the day well and he is currently heading the Media Dividends again. As such, traders will want to keep a close eye on England’s captain over the rest of the tournament, to make sure they can make the most of the buzz that is currently surrounding the striker.
Jesse Lingard (£2.70) smashed in a superb finish in the first half route and he was another player who was subject to some decent gains on the market; rising by 9p in the process. From a Match Day Dividend point of view, John Stones’ double also ensured that the Top Defender Dividends were practically sewn up after the first match, but we had to wait until Colombia’s 3-0 victory over Poland to find out the Top Midfielder Dividends. Juan Cuadrado capped off an impressive display for Colombia with a goal and with a points total of 217.
Group H remains a very open affair with both Senegal and Japan ending in a 2-2 stalemate. Liverpool favourite Sadio Mane (£2.95) grabbed the opening strike, but his goal had a minimal effect on his market value. However, there are two other Senegalese players who jump out as intriguing options on the Index. Kalidou Koulibaly (£2.11) is attracting some serious interest from some of the elite clubs in Europe and with Chelsea looking to bring in Maurizio Sarri, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the defensive powerhouse being linked to the Premier League again before too long. Another one to watch is Renne’s youngster Ismaila Sarr (£1.61). The Senegalese star has caught the eye with his blistering pace and despite picking up a long-term injury last season; he still managed a decent return with 5 goals and 5 assists in 24 matches for Rennes. At just 20 years of age, he’s definitely one to watch in the future.
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