Happy New Year to YOU! Hope you’ve got off to a great start with all this football taking place everyday and with the January transfer window thrown wide open? Here’s a reminder of some of the major football action, football news, and resulting activity for INDEX traders over the last 7 days….
Friday 29th December (Single Match Day)
ON THE VIRG
For a third day running, Virgil van Dijk (£1.91) was the Media dividend darling, last Friday, racking up 1,790 MEDIA points, every one of which was dripping in transfer juice! ‘Virgil van Dijk can become the best defender in the world at Liverpool, says Leicester boss Claude Puel’ announced a 120-point scoring headline from TalkSport. The Mirror ended the day with a 60-point dig that revealed how Liverpool could have gotten VvD ‘on the cheap’ years before they signed him for Klopp’s ’not nice’ £75M! Mourinho had been throwing ‘hypocrite’ barbs Klopp’s and Liverpool’s way too.
TAKING (FROM) A NAP
With only a single Serie A match — the Crotone 0-1 Napoli game — to pull from, last Friday, all our PB dividend winners came from the victorious side. Marek Hamšík (£1.16) always looks to me like he’s just rolled off a Mad Max set. Certainly, his goal after 17 minutes briefly turned the Stadio Ezio Scida into the Thunderdome. Bagging 237 Match Day points, the 30-year-old Slovakian – now Napoli’s All-Time Top Scorer with 117 goals — was your Top Midfielder & Top Overall dividend winner… worth a total of 6p per share.
The melodic sounding name of Kalidou Koulibaly (£1.84) picking up the Top Defender dividend must have been music to the ears of his INDEX traders. 9.5% possession, 84% pass success, 1 dribble, 1 aerial won, and a nice sit down in an easy chair were good enough for 157 Match Day points for the French-born Senegalese international.
Saturday 30th December (Treble Match Day)
Two match-winning goals, equaling Roger Hunt’s Liverpool record of 23 goals scored before New Year’s Day, and a worrying injury propelled Mohamed Salah (£4.37) to the top of the Media pole, last Saturday. Liverpool’s defence gifted Leicester an early Jamie Vardy (£0.76) goal, but the Reds fought back, enjoying most of the possession and ultimately all the spoils thanks to Salah’s well-taken goals. The Daily Mail match report (here) generated almost a tenth of the 1050 MEDIA points Salah notched up in total, which earned his traders another 5p per share gain. (Highlights)
DIBS ON DYBALA
Paulo Dybala (£4.68) scored two goals within five minutes to help Juventus beat Verona 1-3 on Saturday after Blaise Matuidi (£0.68) had scored an early opening goal for the Old Lady. The 24-year-old Argentine deserved the 265 PB points that earned his INDEX traders both the Top Forward and Star Player dividends worth a Treble Match Day total of 18p per share.
Man U fans were all in a lather thinking that they were/are going to sign Dybala in the January window — especially after Lukaku (£4.54) was stretchered off and with Zlatan Ibrahimović (£1.57) ‘out for a month’. Juve sit second in Serie A on 47 points behind Napoli on 48 points. Dybala is already the second highest earner in Serie A. Nevertheless, #AgentPaul has been put on the case! (Highlights)
IN RUD HEALTH
Chelsea flattened Stoke so thoroughly on Saturday they could have cut out a complete team kit from Peter Crouch (£0.81) alone! Willian (£0.96) was electric and WhoScored rated him their MOTM with a perfect 10 thanks to his two assists and penalty goal. Danny Drinkwater (£0.58) scored a sensational first PL goal for the club, with the other goals coming from Pedro (£0.82), Zappacosta (£1.01), and the headed opener that got the 5-0 rout underway scored by +20.3% Antonio Rudiger (£1.18). The tall 24-year-old German international was a commanding presence and his 236 PB points earned his traders the Top Defender dividend worth 12p per share. (Highlights)
Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser (£0.65) may be the shortest player in the Premier League at just 5’4” (163cm) tall, but he was Saturday’s Top Midfielder with 254 PB points following his side’s 2-1 home victory over Everton! The 23-year-old Scottish international has been feasting on chicken to bulk up after eating ‘a bit too healthy’ in the summer. His brace was certainly finger-licking good for both Cherries fans, and Fraser traders who picked up a welcome 12p per share! (Highlights)
Sunday 31st December (Single Match Day)
‘Arsenal players do NOT hate Alexis Sanchez’ cribbed the Daily Star in an 80 MEDIApoint scoring post that reiterated the best bits of Robbie Fowler’s column in the Mirror! Sanchez (£5.37) had opened the scoring for Arsenal with a free kick that deflected off the West Brom wall – and his team mates mobbed him in a solid show of unity.
The Baggies won a controversial penalty two minutes from time, which Jay Rodriguez (£0.72) put away for the draw. Rodriguez, who has a couple of his five shots on goal saved by Cech, won a 4p per share Top Forward dividend with 100 Media Match points. Media darling Sanchez got yet another 5p per share Media dividend from his 930 MEDIA points worth of mentions in dispatches. (Highlights)
Crystal Palace may have put an end to Manchester City’s winning run with their 0-0 draw on Sunday, but they couldn’t stop City players from winning INDEX dividends on a Single Match Day. That man, +11.6% Nicolas Otamendi (£2.36) stepped up with 158 Match Day points to take Top Defender and Top Overall for the second time in less than a week. Then there was Kevin De Bruyne (£3.85) scoring 125 PB points for the Top Midfielder 4p per share, before being savagely taken out at the knees by Jason Punchdrunk…I mean Puncheon (£0.51). Fortunately, it turns out that De Bruyne is actually a T-1000 like Robert Patrick in ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’. You can basically blow him to bits, but as he’s made of quicksilver, KDB just flows back together and is ready to play again! Gabriel Jesus (£3.57) wasn’t quite so lucky. Like his namesake, he was apparently destined to suffer – and his MCL injury will see him out for some time. Hero moment: Ederson’s save. (Highlights)
Monday 01st January (Double Match Day)
Philippe Coutinho (£4.57) sat out his side’s 1-2 win at Burnley with a ‘thigh strain’, but his absence on the pitch was more than made up for by his presence in the UK media where he racked up 1,070 MEDIA points! Okay, Nike further fanned the flames of the transfer talk by advertising Barca shirts with Coutinho printed on the back, but Jurgen Klopp laughed that off according to a 40-pointer from the Guardian. Is PC going this window or will he stay a Red until the summer? Another 5p per share for Coutinho traders meant they’re loving the speculation for sure. (Highlights)
Leicester beat Huddersfield 0-3, which sounds like an exciting and comprehensive victory. However, in the verdict of a Leicester Mercury headline it took +16.9% Riyad Mahrez (£2.04) to light up a ‘dull game’. Certainly, the second-half was more interesting than the first. The 26-year-old Algerian has been enjoying a purple patch of form lately, turning on the old flair that made him the 2015-16 PFA Players’ Player of the Year. If that is a blatant bit of shop window dressing from a player who wants a move to bigger things, well, let’s just enjoy it. A sensational side-foot volley opening goal, an assist for teammate and countryman Islam Slimani (£0.82), a WhoScored green star and 174 PB points on the board earned Mahrez traders the 8p per share Top Midfielder divvy plus the Star Player 4p per share booster. (Highlights)
A first win in five saw Man U players pick up the remaining dividends. United beat Everton 0-2 thanks to super goals from Top Forward, Anthony Martial (£2.61), who took the 8p dividend with 156 Match Day points, and Jesse Lingard (£1.86). A rampant Paul Pogba (£4.34) got the assists. Did you see that Marcos Rojo (£0.75) tackle to take the ball off Niasse when he’d squeezed through into clear shooting space in the United box? Additionally, the 27-year-old Argentine had 3 shots, 2 dribbles, 5 aerials won, and kept a 91% pass accuracy, warranting the 148 PB points that earned him Monday’s Top Defender dividend. Lingard’s goal was his eighth in his last ten games, and both his star and his price on the INDEX were rising — up +20.25% in the 24-hours following the game! (Highlights)
Tuesday 2nd January (Single Match Day)
The only trouble with opening a transfer window is putting up with all the wind that blows in from a whole bunch of old wind-bags spouting contradictory opinions about this player or that player… Philippe Coutinho! The Brazilian playmaker, wanted by Barcelona, won the Media Dividends for the second day running with 1,600 points. “Philippe Coutinho ‘tells Liverpool he doesn’t want to play for club again’ as Barcelona prepare £130m bid” read a Mirror headline. The Daily Star scored a 160-pointer detailing how Neymar had beat Coutinho to win a top Brazilian in Europe award (here)
THE DELPHINITE ARTICLE
8.4% possession, 93% pass accuracy, 2 dribbles, 3 aerials won, and 6 tackles saw Fabian Delph (£1.37) pick up the Top Midfielder and Top Overall dividend on Tuesday night (6p per share total). Ten days on from picking up his last Top Midfielder dividend, the 28-year-old English player helped Manchester City back to winning ways with their 3-1 victory over Watford. It took only 39 seconds for City’s Raheem Sterling (£3.57) to get on the score sheet this time! Sergio Aguero (£3.24) with five shots and one goal picked up the night’s Top Forward dividend – that was Aguero’s 13th PL goal of the season and Sterling’s 14th. (Highlights)
ARTICLE: Manchester United star increasing in value, read here.
Wednesday 3rd January (Single Match Day)
PHILLING THE BLANKS
For the third day in a row, and with the biggest MEDIA haul of the year, Philippe Coutinho took Wednesday’s Media dividend for his INDEX traders. TalkSport notched up 160 points (towards the Brazilian’s 2,290 BUZZ points total) with this header: “‘You won’t win the league if you sell your best players’ – Dean Saunders urges Liverpool to keep Philippe Coutinho”. Meanwhile the Express led with how ‘delighted’ Messi and Suarez were feeling amid the Liverpool transfer saga (here)!
LONDON DERBY DOINGS
Arsenal and Chelsea went at each other hammer & tongs in entertaining fashion mid-week. There was plenty of action for Petr Cech (£0.41) and Thibaut Courtois (£0.67) to deal with before Jack Wilshere (£1.97) broke the deadlock by cracking one left footed up into the roof of the Chelsea net. Eden Hazard (£4.81) then Tom Daley’d himself a penalty which he dispatched with measured calm before being subbed off. Despite the early-ish exit, the 26-year-old Belgian won WhoScored’s MOTM and was the INDEX’s Top Midfielder and Top Overall dividends winner with 139 points. Marcos Alonso (£1.12) took Chelsea ahead with a right footed tap in at the near post from Zappacosta’s cross. And then Hector Bellerin (£0.92) stepped up as unlikely Arsenal savior, equalizing one minute into added time with a, for him, rare on-target blast. The Spaniard won Arsenal a point and his INDEX traders 4p per share as the night’s Top Defender with 104 PB points. Team-mate Alexis Sanchez (£5.37) picked up Top Forward with 63 PB points of activity that included having one of his four shots hitting both goal posts before rolling out! (Highlights)
TWEET: Sanchez value says WhoScored
Alexis Sanchez is being heavily linked with a move to Manchester City this month as they look to ease the striking burden on Sergio Aguero
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 4, 2018
TWEET: One Year On!
Comparison of the top 20 on the Index now and exactly a year ago… Look how far we've come! The whole current top 20 is higher in price that the top of the market was this time last year! Here's to another successful year! #footballindex pic.twitter.com/aJsggVwdQL
— Football Index Buzz (@FootballindexLM) January 3, 2018
Thursday 4th January (Single Match Day)
Four days in a row, then. The Philippe Coutinho saga runs and runs. That’s a 20p per share total of Media dividends for the week for Coutinho traders. Amidst the 2,350 MEDIA points of media chatter, Gary Neville was widely quoted as saying it was ‘madness’ for Liverpool to consider selling to Barcelona before the summer. Former Liverpool captain, Paul Ince, had a different take on it, as reported in this 100-pointer from the Mirror (here), which includes a video with a dry response to questioning on the matter from Jurgen Klopp. As of this morning, Coutinho’s share price shows a -14.45% 7-day price trend.
What do you think? Could John W. Henry & Co yet resist all this pressurizing to sell PC now, and hold onto him for a summer post-World Cup sale? Or is he going tout suite?
CANNON BALL FUN
Whoa. The ruins of my eyebrows are still smouldering from the two goals scored in the London derby as Tottenham drew with West Ham 1-1, last night! And I only watched the highlights! The game produced all our Match Day dividend winners, but neither Pedro Obiang (£0.63) for the Hammers nor Son Heung-min (£1.11) for Spurs were among them, despite both players blistering the air with their ‘Wembley wonder strikes’ from distance. Instead the spoils went to Top Midfielder & Top Overall Christian Eriksen (£2.06) who, with 158 Match Day points, helped Spurs dominate for most of the game and had 8 shots on goal, Top Defender Jan Vertonghen racking up 138 Match Day points, and Top Forward Harry Kane (£7.54) with 7 shots on goal. Consolation: WhoScored had no worries making Obiang their MOTM.
BLOG: Spurs to Close the Gap on the Top 4? http://footballindex.news/spurs-to-close-the-gap-on-the-top-4/
BLOG: December Trader Of The Month Final Standings http://footballindex.news/december-trader-month-final-standings/
There you have it! That’s the week’s round-up. Now let’s go trade!
Wishing You Profits Galore
Trading on Football INDEX Throughout 2018!