Welcome to our weekly glance back over the footballing and trading week that was. With the 5th Round FA Cup matches filling out the UK weekend schedule, we turned to the European leagues for our Match Day dividend winners, and then mid-week to the two big European cup competitions. Hopefully, with the Football INDEX flying as it has been, you found plenty of opportunities to profit along the way. Perhaps with some of these winners….
Friday 16th February 2018 (Single Match Day)
The Daily Star and the Express felt that 14 stories each were needed to deliver the full spectrum of Paul Pogba news last Friday. No wonder the fitful Frenchie pulled in 1,670 points to take the media dividend for the second day in a row! Jose Mourinho had a couple of choice words in response to all the rumours that he and Pogba had fallen out. ‘Bulls**t’ (here) and ‘Lies’! Seemed about right. But keep shovelling it, said Pogba traders, as they licked their fingers and counted in another 5p per share return!
Of the three European matches taking place, last Friday night, Monaco’s 4-0 drubbing of Dijon in French Ligue 1 action gave us all the Match Day dividend winners. Top of the pole sat, +8.39% Djibril Sidibe (£1.66). The 25-year-old’s traders enjoyed Top Defender and Top Overall dividends worth a total of 6p per share thanks to the 195 points he picked up following a useful assist for the opening, ‘game-winning’ goal. That was scored by Keita Balde (£1.01) who in turn won 138 points and the 4p Top Forward dividend. The Spanish-born Senegalese international has 8 goals and 3 assists in Ligue 1 now. However, WhoScored clearly think the 22-year-old has some improvements to make, listing him as WEAK in crossing, holding on to the ball, offside awareness, passing, and defensive contribution! By contrast, +5.53% Fabinho (£1.36), the 24-year-old Brazilian who scored the second Monaco goal – from the penalty spot – is said to have ‘no significant weaknesses’ only strengths! He flexed those to earn 167 points and get his traders the Top Midfielder 4p per share. Rony Lopes (£0.59) and Kamil Glik (£0.61) were the other scorers. But I have no love to share with them today.
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— FI Design Team (@DesignTeam_FI) February 16, 2018
Saturday 17th February (Treble Match Day)
For a third consecutive day, Paul Pogba (£5.97) was the media darling. Saturday’s 1,360 points of press brought yet another 5p per share smile to the faces of Pogba shareholders. In an unsurprising reverse of the previous day’s headlines, talkSPORT led with Guillem Balague’s opinion that ‘Paul Pogba is not a target for Real Madrid’. Other outlets focused on the player’s ‘illness’ forcing him to miss the FA Cup tie with Huddersfield and whether he’d be available to face Sevilla.
In La Liga, Malaga were a goal ahead for much of their home match against Valencia, thanks to an early-ish goal from former West Brom striker, Brown Ideye. To counter that ex-Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin (£0.43) headed an equaliser on the 80-minute mark. And 5-minutes later, +10.94% Daniel Parejo (£2.92) thundered the winner in from the penalty spot to give Valencia the three points. Parejo’s own 252 points brought his traders Top Midfielder and Top Overall dividends worth 18p per share. That was the second week in a row that he’d picked up the biggest dividend combo – and INDEX traders reacted to his consistency, driving the 28-year-old’s price up by an immediate +37p!
BACK ON TOP
The Champions League defeat to Real Madrid had ended the run of five WhoScored ‘Man of the Matches’ for PSG superstar +7.42% Neymar (£10.87). He got back to winning ways at the weekend with a perfect 10 rating. His goal and assist in the Parisian team’s 5-2 dominance of Strasbourg earned him 192 points and his traders Top Forward dividends. That made it 19 Ligue 1 goals and 12 assists this season for the brilliant Brazilian (28/15 across all competitions)! Ever the bride’s maid, Edinson Cavani (£1.69) scored twice to take his league tally to 23 with 4 assists (or 30/5). Julian Draxler (£1.562) and Angel Di Maria (£1.42) got the other bit part goals for PSG.
Sunday 18th February (Treble Match Day)
A.C. Milan’s Hakan Çalhanoğlu (£1.00) racked up 203 points to steal the Star Player / Top Midfielder combined dividend on Sunday following the Italian side’s 1-0 victory over Sampdoria. While Giacomo Bonaventura (£1.38) scored the game’s only goal, Çalhanoğlu was all business, enjoying 7.4% possession, firing off 8 shots, including a rocket which pinged off the crossbar, getting 89% of his passes right, making 4 tackles, going on 2 dribbles, and taking 5 corners. With all this and more, the 24-year-old Turkish international brought you a welcome 18p for every share you had of his in your portfolio and his price trend is +44.55% for the week!
No-one would be naming it ‘Goals Galore Sunday’, but Borussia Dortmund were happy enough with their solo scorer – +19.80% Marco Reus (£1.91) – after he won them the 3 Bundesliga points shortly after the half-hour mark in the Borussen derby. After an eight-month injury lay-off, the 28-year-old looked thrilled to get his shooting boots back in working order. It was a stunner too. Over the keeper, in off the crossbar. Did YOU collect on the 12p per share his Top Forward status warranted? Hope so! (Highlights https://www.footbie.com/video/borussia-m-gladbach-vs-borussia-dortmund-0-1-highlights-scores-results-fixtures-and-goals)
Monday 19th February (Single Match Day)
LIONEL IN LONDON
Lionel Messi (£8.04) edged the 5p media dividend win on Monday beating +9.63% Eden Hazard (£6.00) and Lucas Moura (£1.82), who were both on 840 points, by just 30 points. Messi and his Barcelona team-mates arrived in London to face Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League match. He’d never scored against Chelsea, the headlines told us, and had apparently been hitting extra sessions in the gym to get ready for the task of rectifying that situation!
BLOG: Peerless Parejo
Tuesday 20th February (Single Match Day)
Lionel Messi (£8.04) won the media dividend for the second day in a row on Tuesday after finishing off the night with that long-awaited goal against Chelsea. Despite Barcelona having 73% of possession, it really should have been +12.90% Willian’s (£1.07) night to be the star. Chelsea’s 29-year-old Brazilian found an opening goal for Chelsea in the 62nd minute with an assist from Eden Hazard (£6.00) – that was after he’d hit both posts of the Barca goal, in the first half, with shots from outside of the box. Unfortunately for Chelsea, a lapse in concentration at the back let that old prowling fox Andres Iniesta (£0.88) slip in to pass to mercurial Messi, who thundered home the equalizer and that all-important Champions League away goal. 1,340 of points served up the 5p per share for all you G.O.A.T. traders!
Under the management once again of 72-year-old Jupp Heynckes, Bayern Munich are flying high over the heads of their nearest rivals in the Bundesliga. And they’re not doing too badly in the Champions League either, as demonstrated on Tuesday night by their 5-0 thrashing of Turkish Super Lig champions, Besiktas! Of course, Besiktas were reduced to 10-men after just 15 minutes and put up a stoic resistance until +34.88% Thomas Muller (£1.70) big-birded the ball into the net just before half-time. Thriving again now that ‘Opa’ Heynckes is in charge, Muller scored another in the second half to make it 3-0 after +7.23% Kingsley Coman (£1.67) had bagged the second. Robert Lewandowski (£2.92) finished things off with a brace at the back end, but with an assist for the very last goal it was Muller-night for traders who picked up Top Overall and Top Forward dividends worth 6p per share.
BLOG: The Bridge Could Get Messi
Wednesday 21st February (Single Match Day)
BETTER CALL PAUL
…And he was back! With a whopping 2,760 media points for Wednesday, Paul Pogba (£6.03) won his INDEX traders a fourth dose of media dividends for the week, helping to drive his share price (£5.53 at the time) to the top of the £-INCREASE chart with a nice green £0.58 sat next his name! Having started the Champions League match at Sevilla on the bench, the French midfielder’s services were swiftly called upon when Ander Herrera (£0.78) succumbed to an early injury. The Express, in a 160-pointer, quoted Ian Wright’s belief that Pogba’s confidence had taken “a little bit of a knock” and that he was a player “that needs to be loved” so he can play with “that freedom and…vibe that he has got.” The Mirror spoke about Mourinho being forced to give the player a chance to prove himself, but said he failed to do that during the 0-0 draw. Unlike David de Gea (£1.02) who was a goal-stopping octopus!
BLOG: Sanchez To Tie Sevilla in Knots?
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Thursday 22nd February (Treble Match Day)
Following the earthquake in Wales, it felt like tectonic plates were clashing again on Thursday. That unfamiliar ground-shaking feeling was felt when reading headlines about Roy Keane ‘defending’ Paul Pogba. WTF? Closer inspection, however, showed Keane blasting Sanchez and Lukaku instead and that put us back on firmer ground! Pogba has accounted for five of the media dividend wins this last week. He picked up the fifth with 2,230 points as the papers sawed away at what the Guardian called the ‘bizarre and divisive power-play’ between him and Mourinho. The Mail ended the day with a headline declaring, ‘Paul Pogba wants Jose Mourinho to show him some love.’ Imagine if your surgeon, plumber, mechanic, [fill in any other job in the world]went on a work strop if they didn’t feel ‘happy’ or ‘loved’. Oh well, another 5p per share in the bank, what do we care?! From last Friday, you’ve earned 25p per share in media dividends, and the player’s price has shot up from £4.66 to £5.92 £6.03! If only Pogba knew how much love traders were feeling for him right now, he’d be free to play like a god!
GOT HIS NUMBER?
Three nights after taking the Top Forward and Top Overall dividend slots, +8.36% Ciro Immobile (£1.88) was generating more returns for his INDEX traders. A hat-trick of goals in Lazio’s 5-1 Europa League win over the Romanian side FCSB helped the prolific striker to a performance score of 187 – just one point ahead of Bertrand Traore (£0.97) who’d scored a winner for French side, Lyon.
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— Football INDEX (@FootballIndexUK) February 22, 2018
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— Wenger Knows (@WengerKnows) February 23, 2018
— Keagan (@Keaganrowe) February 23, 2018
…And that’s a wrap! Don’t know about you, but I feel like buying some more footballers on the INDEX!
You’ve got expertise and insight developed over a lifetime as a fan. May it all come together in the week ahead to win you big profits trading on Football INDEX!