Football INDEX Weekly Round-Up

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Hope you’ve had a sensational week trading? Here’s your recap of some of this week’s football and Football INDEX action…
Saturday 28th October
TONY AWARD
Romelu Lukaku (£4.78) doesn’t look much like Whitney Houston. Maybe he sings nice in the shower? He certainly hits all the right notes for Jose Mourinho. The Man U boss has played ‘The Bodyguard’ all week, throwing himself — Kevin Costner-style — between his striker and those crazed fans shooting boo bullets at him. In the Premier League against Spurs at a rainy Old Trafford, the Belgian’s mini-slump continued, but he did head against the foot of the goal post. Lukaku contributes in other ways though, and headed-on for super-sub Anthony Martial (£2.27) to run on to score the winner. Martial claimed Saturday’s Media Buzz dividend with 1,190 points. (Highlights)

SEAD BANK
At the Emirates, in Arsene Wenger’s 800th PL game in charge, Swansea were first-half leaders thanks to Sam Clucas’s opener. The Gunners went in for the break to a chorus of boos. Second-half, different Arsenal. New fan favorite, Sead Kolasinac (£0.83), scored a cracking equalizer and set up Aaron Ramsay (£1.08) to score the winner. Kolasinac’s performance, good for 179 Opta points, meant his shares earned the Top Defender dividend from all 5 top European leagues for the day. (Highlights)
BONZER GONZA
In Serie A, Juventus beat AC Milan 0-2 at the San Siro. French-born Argentinian Gonzalo Higuaín (£1.50) scored both the goals in deadly style with Paulo Dybala (£5.31) providing the assist for the opener. Higuaín won Top Forward dividends for the day – did you have him in your portfolio? In this match, the 29-year-old reached the milestone of 100 goals in Serie A, having already scored over 100 goals in La Liga. Zlatan Ibrahimović (£3.89) is the only other player to have scored 100 or more goals in two of Europe’s top five leagues in the last 20 years. (Highlights and gobbling Gonzo animation)

PURE COLOMBIAN
Over in the Bundesliga, top placed Bayern Munich were inspired by Real Madrid loanee, James Rodriguez (£1.96), to a 2-0 victory over third-placed RB Leipzig. The 26-year-old Colombian was the ‘Man of the Matchday’ involved in over half of the German champions’ 24 attempts on goal, and contested 25 challenges on the pitch – more than anyone else. In addition to all that, Rodriguez opened the scoring after latching onto an Arjen Robben cross. His performance earned 285 Opta points, and as a result he won both Top Midfielder and Top Overall dividends for those Football INDEX traders lucky/smart enough to be holding his shares! (Highlights, you’ll need to max the screen size).
Sunday 29th October
HAZARD LIGHTS
Having been the matchwinner for Chelsea against Bournemouth on Saturday and with THAT Champions League rematch with Roma still ahead, and a Man U encounter to look forward to this weekend, Eden Hazard (£3.83) was the Media Darling for Sunday write-ups. 440 BUZZ points was good enough for the Media dividend win as Hazard declared his injuries were behind him and that he’s formed as good a working understanding with Alvaro Morata (£3.46) as he’d had with Diego Costa (£1.99).

MOTHER FEKIR
Sunday’s Ligue 1 action saw Lyon defeat Metz 2-0 and it was Lyon captain, Nabil Fekir (‘Mother’ to opponents?) who nabbed both goals. The first at the inside post was very similar to Hazard’s goal from the previous day. Fekir (£2.78), who has been compared to Zinedine Zidane, was only promoted to the Top 200 last week, but his 7-day price trend shows a +767.43% upward gain (was +844.34%)! And it’s not even Fireworks Night yet! Not only that, the Lyon man won both Top Overall and Top Forward dividends for the day with an Opta score of 251. (Highlights )
Monday 30th October
‘RATA TAT
With the Champions League games imminent, Alvaro Morata (£3.46) was Monday’s media magnet and stories about him registered 1,080 BUZZ points for the dividend win. Much of this centered around his saying one moment that he found London too ‘stressful’ and then having to retract it and declare he hoped to stick around at Chelsea for 10 years. Like Lukaku, Morata is having a bit of a dry spell and needs to find his scoring boots again. Pronto.

MILAN-EASY
With few games being played on Monday, it was no great surprise to see the dividends going to Inter Milan players following their 1-2 win over Verona. Inter’s Ivan Perisic (£1.26) registered 172 Opta points to pick up the Top Overall & Top Midfielder dividends. He scored one of the goals – an absolute rocket. Mauro Icardi (£2.02) didn’t score but did enough, almost by dint of just being there, to bag the Top Forward PB! Maradona’s not a fan though! (Highlights)
MADREADFUL
Currently, all is not well at Real Madrid. After Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Gerona they sit third in La Liga, 8 points below Liga leaders, Barcelona, with Valencia in between. If the rest of the Madrid stars were lacklustre in losing to the newly promoted side, at least the performance of Isco (£2.33) was sufficiently good to earn the Top Midfielder PB for the day with a 174 score. (Highlights)

DIJK-U-LIKE
From the MOTD2 highlights I saw, the Leicester 2-0 Everton game featuring a lively Demarai Grey (£0.91) was more entertaining than the Brighton 1-1 with ‘blunt’ Southampton. It had its moments for both South Coast sides, however, and Virgil van Dijk’s (£1.53) defending was good for 76 points and the Top Defender PB dividend.
Tuesday 31st October
GRABBED BY THE GHOULIES
On Halloween night, it was Chelsea who suffered a monstrous scare as they were overrun by zombies. The zombies turned out to be within their own side, however, and their walking dead were bewitched 3-0 by a spellbinding Roma side in Italy. That opening goal from Stephan El Shaarawy was sensational. Has he been IPO’d yet? (Highlights)

DEVILRY 
The fact that the birthday of Red Devil, Marcus Rashford (£3.95), falls on Halloween seems very appropriate for a young player who regularly terrorizes opponents. The freshly-turned 20-year-old came on for the final quarter of an hour against Benfica, replacing Anthony Martial (£2.27). His 21-year-old French team mate had had a penalty saved early in the first half, but was otherwise described as having been the best player on the pitch up to then. This mix of misfortune, flair and effort won Martial his second Media BUZZ dividend win of the week, as he racked up 410 BUZZ points. Meanwhile, Rashford, provided the spark that soon led to a 2-0 victory for the Champions League Group A leaders. The first goal came when a thumping shot from Nemanja Matic (£1.00) hit the post then ricocheted off the back of the diving Benfica keeper into the net. Daley Blind got the second from the penalty spot. (Highlights)
BALL SAINTS DAY
The assorted stars of Paris Saint Germain hogged the PB dividends for Tuesday so much that we may have to change their acronym from PSG to PIG! Their 5-0 home demolition of Belgian side Anderlecht swept up the most Opta points in all three PB positions. Gold-on-legs Neymar (£6.01) was marked up at 205 to secure both Top Overall and Top Forward after a performance that included scoring a ‘magnificent’ goal. His Brazilian team mate Dani Alves (£1.91) peppered the opposition box with great crosses and ran Neymar a close second at 201 while securing the Top Defender dividend. Meanwhile Italian team mate, Marco Verratti (£1.83), at 192 won the Top Midfielder PB after opening the scoring with a brilliant goal. (Highlights)
Wednesday 1st November
Wednesday 1st November was a huge day for Football INDEX as the new IPOs were launched and Performance Dividends were DOUBLED! Fortunately, we had some terrific on-the-pitch Champions League performances to help mark the momentous date!

ALLISPURFECT
Biggest shocker of the day came at Wembley were Spurs trumped Real Madrid 3-1 to lead Group H. The couple of goals Dele Alli (£3.83) scored against the reigning Champions ensured he won the Media BUZZ dividend (660 BUZZ points) but he also picked up Top Midfielder as well with a 174 Opta score. That must have put a smile on your face if you’ve got some Dele in your portfolio, or maybe inspired you to get some if you don’t! (Highlights)
SALAH KEY 
Mohamed Salah (£1.96) got to stick out the thick tongue of joy as he batted in Liverpool’s first of three goals scored against poor old Maribor at the Kop. The Slovenian side had already endured a 0-7 hammering from the Reds at home. While offering a little more resistance away, especially their keeper who made some great saves, there was only one outcome expected from this particular Group E encounter. What an impact Salah is having at Liverpool! The fleet-footed Egyptian came top of the Opta pyramid on the night for strikers and so picked up Top Forward dividends which are now… 4p per share on a Single Day, 8p on a Double Day like this was, or 12p on a Treble Day (here). Trent Alexander-Arnold (£0.87) put in the equivalent of a star right winger’s shift to win high ratings and bag both the Top Defender and Top Overall dividends. That delivered a very nice 12p profit on every 87p share! (Highlights)
Thursday 2nd November
AG-NIFICENT
Sergio Aguero (£3.50) was the most talked about player on Thursday, picking up 620 BUZZ points and the Media BUZZ dividend. Spurs’ great result against Real Madrid had overshadowed the Napoli 2-4 Man City match (highlights) on the same night in which Aguero became City’s all-time record goal scorer on 178 goals. But, finally, the media turned the full focus from Dele Alli to Aguero’s momentous achievement. 129 of those Aguero goals have come from just 188 Premier League appearances. His minutes to goal ratio is 108mins, better than Harry Kane (£7.70) at 115mins, better than Premier League legends like Thierry Henry, Van Nistleroy, Van Persie, Suarez, Dzeko, Costa, or Alan Shearer, who outlined why the Argentine is such a special player in a BBC article (here).
ANOTHER DEPAY DAY
Memphis Depay (£1.01) mostly used to cut a sorry figure wearing red in the Premier League, but the 23-year-old Dutchman seems to have found the right pond to be a big fish in, and that pond is the French Ligue 1 (insert your own non-PC web-footed amphibian jokes here).
A week on from picking up Top Forward and Top Overall dividends with that hat-trick against Troyes, Depay bagged the double divvies (no, TREBLE dividend – that’s 18p per share) again as he helped Lyon heap woe upon woe for Everton in the Europa League. Pretty good for a quid share, no? No wonder Depay is +22.65%for the week. We say: Wash, rinse, ribbit! (Highlights)

EUROPEY
AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma (£0.76) earned 132 Opta points for his defending in the 0-0 versus Greek side AEK. That was good enough for a 12p per share Treble Day Top Defender dividend. Villareal’s Manu Trigueros (£1.00) picked up the Top Midfielder after his sides 0-2 win over Slavia Praha in the Czech Republic, but I can’t imagine many Trader portfolios were bulging with his shares!
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