Greetings! Hope you have been enjoying the festivities, the feast of football, and all the opportunities to pull profits from the Football INDEX cracker!
Here’s a round-up of the last 7 days of activity…
Friday 22nd December – SINGLE Match Day
Cristiano Ronaldo (£5.94) was last Friday’s Media dividend winner having topped the chart at 620 MEDIA points. All this came ahead of Saturday’s El Clasico. Given the tensions in Spain this year, an 80-pointer from the Telegraph focused on the ‘political subplots’ of the match, using the names of Ronaldo and Messi as headline bait. Other headlines more specifically heralded CR7’s return to fitness saying it handed Real Madrid a ‘real boost’. …So they thought!
Fiorentina’s visit to Serie A opponents Cagliari saw them score the game’s only goal through Khouma Babacar (£0.81). They were winners in other ways too. 30-year-old Davide Astori’s 90% pass accuracy, single dribble and two tackles apparently warranted 184 Match Day points to promote him from relative obscurity to the dizzy heights of Top Defender and Top Overall status. If you had Astori (£0.60) in your portfolio, you picked up a 6p per share total dividend. Astori’s team-mate, Marco Benassi (£0.42), did enough in the center of the park to pull in 140 Match Day points and the Top Midfielder dividend, worth 4p per share under Single Match Day rules. (Highlights)
A tasty 2-3 encounter between Chievo and visitors Bologna saw Mattia Destro (£0.72) score twice for Bologna and get the MOTM green star from WhoScored. Yet it was team-mate Simone Verdi (£1.27), with a goal and an assist, who picked up 183 Match Day points to take the Top Forward dividend for his Football INDEX ‘winvestors’! Just 2 more PB points would have seen Verdi take Star Player divvies too like he last did back on 20th November when his shares were a whole 58p cheaper! (Highlights)
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Saturday 23rd December – TREBLE Match Day
Lionel Messi (£7.80) picked up 1,440 MEDIA points to earn Saturday’s Media dividend. Looking along the timeline of releases, the early stories were focused on the impending 236th ‘El Clasico’ match. One reported that CR7 had urged his Real Madrid team-mates to show ‘no mercy’ to the Argentine maestro. Ironic then that, as reported by Metro, Ronaldo should then get ‘smashed in the face’ by Messi’s freekick! The match itself was a 0-3 ‘rout’ by Barcelona, with goals from Luis Suarez (£2.11), Messi from the penalty spot, and Aleix Vidal (£0.80). Messi now holds the record for the most goals (25), most assists (14), and most hat-tricks (2) in the fixture. Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas (£0.81) prevented total humiliation for his team with a number of fine saves. And, as mentioned in a 160-pointer from the Express, Navas was the only Madrid player to win praise from Messi afterwards! (Highlights)
Side Note: Check out Messi’s recent domination on the Index here.
His seventh hat-trick of the year, as Spurs ‘walloped’ Burnley 0-3 on Saturday, saw Harry Kane (£7.60) finish with the Top Forward and Star Player dividends worth a total of 18p per share to his traders, read more about his domination here. The 24-year-old England front man hitched 285 Match Day points to his speeding wagon as he chases down records heading into the close of the year. Kane’s share price has gone up +48p since last Saturday. (Highlights)
A 4-0 home victory over Crotone in Serie A set Lazio up for a Happy Christmas. WhoScored’s 8.5 rated MOTM went to Jordan Lukaku (£0.69) who also picked up Saturday’s INDEX Top Defender dividend with 237 PB points. Romelu’s little brother (he’s a whole year younger and 8 cm shorter) scored one of the goals, made 4 dribbles and 1 tackle. If you’re in the market for a dread-locked hero, he’s your man! Teammate Ciro Immobile (£1.61) scored his 16th Serie A goal of the season and his 7th assist. (Highlights)
Described recently as a ‘born-again full-back’ under Pep Guardiola, Fabian Delph (£1.30) won Top Defender on Saturday with 190 Match Day points. Manchester City wiped the floor with their Bournemouth visitors in a 4-0 win. But it evidently wasn’t all down to the forward action, as Delph warranted an 8.1 WhoScored rating that included the 28-year-old England player making an important last-man tackle.
Two goals (his 100th and 101st at the Etihad) and an assist for Sergio Aguero (£3.16) and another goal for Raheem Sterling (£3.57) put both City forwards on 12 PL goals for the season. (Highlights)
Sunday 24th December – TREBLE Media Day
Having scored the opener for Southampton in their 1-1 draw with Huddersfield the previous day, Charlie Austin (£1.06) had been so overcome with the festive spirit of generosity that he gift-wrapped his foot and gave it to Jonas Lossi’s face. Merry Xmas mush! The striker was subbed off without censure but later punished by the retro refs. The media duly reported on his 3-match retrospective ban to the tune of 470 MEDIA points. Austin took the Treble Media Day top dividend worth 8p per share, while Lionel Messi traders enjoyed another 5p per share, and Ronaldo shares got the 2p dividend. (Face Meet Foot)
Monday 25th December – TREBLE Media Day
WE THREE KINGS NOT OF LEYTON ORIENT ARE
Christmas Day saw Three MEDIA Kings bringing gifts of 8p, 5p and 2p per share to the Football INDEX traders. Forget Balthasar of Arabia, Melchior of Persia, and Gaspar of India. Our trippy trio were Messi of Barcelona, Ronaldo of Real Madrid, and Kane of Tottenham, warming the Chrimbo sport pages with their festive family pics. Aww. (Here)
Tuesday 26th December – Double Match Day
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‘Harry Kane makes history as Europe’s top goalscorer as Tottenham thrash Southampton to return to top four’ read a 100 BUZZ point Independent headline, encapsulating the Spurs striker’s extraordinary Boxing Day achievement (here). The 24-year-old goal machine’s eighth hat-trick of the year had his manager purring and calling him the world’s best striker. A home-grown hero always causes a media feeding frenzy and Harry’s heroics guaranteed his INDEX traders the 5p per share Media dividend, as he racked up 1,850 points. Kane (£7.60) was also the Top Forward with 195 Match Day points which added another 8p per share of dividend rewards – and he topped the INDEX £-Increase chart the day after showing a +35p gain. (Highlights)
T.A-A VERY MUCH
Speaking of home-grown heroes…. With family visiting from America to watch the Boxing Day match between Liverpool and Swansea, the mother of Trent Alexander-Arnold (£1.02) apparently strong-armed Jurgen Klopp to give her lad a start! The 19-year-old Liverpool Academy graduate didn’t disappoint, showing a fierce resolve as he scored his first PL goal in the 5-0 rout. 2 dribbles, 2 aerials won, 4 tackles, 1 shot and 1 goal saw Alexander-Arnold rate 9.0 on WhoScored but rack up 205 Match Day points to take both the Top Defender and Star Player dividends for a 12p per share total return. Additionally, his share price enjoyed a 24-hour +16.44% spike! (Now, +29.17% for the week!)
Philippe Coutinho (£5.32) was in sensational form in the match, showing off his full repertoire of skills starting with a delightful opening goal. He also added an assist and was WhoScored’s 9.62-rated MOTM and our Top Midfielder dividend winner. (Highlights)
Wednesday 27th December – Single Match Day
PLUGGING THE DIJK
‘Exclusive: Liverpool agree world-record £75m deal for Virgil van Dijk’ a Telegraph headline announced. If it was an exclusive, the Telegraph enjoyed it for all of around 4 minutes, as keyboards were pounded at rival sports media outlets across the land. This quickly drove Virgil van Dijk (£2.02) to the top of the Football INDEX MEDIA charts with a massive 2,350 points worth of stories about the 26-year-old Dutchman’s imminent transfer from Southampton to Merseyside. The price of VvD shares, which had been rising with the expectation of his sale, fell on confirmation of it, as profits were taken. Next day the 24-hour price trend was in the negative; the Dijk had sprung a leak to the tune of -9.13%! (Though only -1.63% for the week)
CITY PUMMEL ’CASTLE WALL
Like warriors of the ancient world, Manchester City were forced to conduct siege warfare on Wednesday night. They were the Roman legions against Rafa Benitez’s entrenched natives. But just as Carthage and Masada eventually fell, so too did St James’ Park! 0-1 the final score-line. The Geordie wall of defiance restricted the Sky Blues to a single death blow delivered by Raheem Sterling (£3.58). That was the 23-year-old’s seventh goal in the last ten games and took him to a Premier League tally of 13 for the season. WhoScored gave Sterling a green star MOTM pat on the head, and his 175 PB points earned his traders a 4p per share Top Forward dividend. But he wasn’t the Star Player. Those laurels, plus Top Defender status, went to Nicolas Otamendi (£2.11) whose 192 Match Day points were part-earned by a goal line clearance. If you have Otamendi in your portfolio, you earned a total 6p dividend per share. If you don’t, maybe you should. The 29-year-old Argentine’s name seems to crop up quite regularly, having additionally won Top Defender dividends worth 8p per share on 21st November and 12p per share on 10th December.
Bouncing back from his recent illness, Kevin de Bruyne (£3.94) was the on-field imperator, providing the ‘sublime’ key pass of the game for Sterling to score. His 174 Match Day points were good for the Top Midfielder dividend, worth just the 4p per share on what was a Single Match Day. (Highlights)
Thursday 28th December – Single Match Day
RED ALL OVER
Like a rash, VD was all over the media again yesterday. Or rather, VvD was.
Ex-players-turned-pundits were out en masse to give their opinion on the £75M transfer of our man Virgil van Dijk (£2.02). For the second day running, the Dutchman won the MEDIA crown as yesterday’s column inches bulged with 2,670 MEDIA points of chatter. The Independent scored a 180 pointer with ‘Virgil van Dijk transfer fee will be worth every penny if he helps Liverpool to win trophies, says Jamie Carragher’ (here), while TalkSport notched 140 MEDIA points with a headline saying van Dijk wasn’t worth it, but it was ‘fantastic for Southampton’ (here).
With their 2-3 win over Crystal Palace, last night, and having no other competition, Arsenal players took all the Match Day dividends. Alexis Sanchez (£5.49) rated 9.78 at WhoScored for his two goals from four shots and busy industriousness. Tacking 232 Match Day points on the board, Sanchez was our Top Forward/Star Player combo-man picking up the 6p per share total dividend, more on Alexis on the Index here. Sky Sports’ Thierry Henry & Co spotted some weirdness in the celebrations for his first goal and thought it hinted at dressing rifts (here ). Having scored the opening goal, passed with 91% success, won 5 aerials, made 4 tackles, and earned 174 Match Day points, Shkodran Mustafi (£1.28) was good for the 4p per share Top Defender dividend. Meanwhile Jack Wilshere (£1.81) was right on the money on the pitch and off it, delivering a sublime assist, racking up 145 Match Day points, and earning his traders a Top Midfielder dividend. (Highlights)
120 – Arsenal have won more Premier League London derbies (120) than any other side. Brag. pic.twitter.com/P4X8WcQKUW
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 28, 2017
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TWEET: High Risk/High Reward — Bring it on
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That’s a wrap! It’s been a fabulous year on Football INDEX – and it’s going to get even better. Thank YOU for being such an integral and valued part of the Football INDEX success story! Upwards and onwards….