Match Day Dividends Preview: La Liga Midfielders

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Match Day Dividends are only a couple weeks away now as the 2019/20 football season is fast approaching.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the mechanics of Match Day Dividends, find out everything you need to know here.

Last season Traders returned large profits thanks to individual performances on the pitch. So make sure your portfolio is ready once again.

Here are the three highest accumulative Match Day Scoring La Liga Midfielders from last season and a wildcard to get Traders thinking:

1st – Daniel Parejo (ยฃ1.31) – 4,581

Daniel Parejo oozes class and maturity as an all-rounded central midfield player and set-piece specialist. The Spaniard seems to be getting better with age and has become one of the countries best midfielders after yet another impressive campaign with Valencia.

The 30-year-old had one of his best seasons last time out with a total of nine goals and seven assists. He often operates in the attacking midfield role, where he can open up defences or shoot from range. He helped ‘Los Ches Els Taronges’ to their second consecutive fourth-place finish and Champions League qualification for the coming season.

Traders should expect the same from Parejo for the forthcoming campaign. He should match his impressive pass success rate from seasons gone and dribbling statistics. Parejo is La Liga’s answer to fine wine.

2nd – Ivan Rakitic (ยฃ0.56) – 3,909

The Croatian catalyst to Barcelona’s domestic success. Ivan Rakitic had another fine season anchoring the Catalan crusade to La Liga glory. Whilst his age may alarm some Traders, his skill level and the quality around him has allowed the 31-year-old to remain as one of Europe’s most feared midfielders.

Last season, Rakitic scored three goals and grabbed five assists but accumulated much of his Match Day Dividends through his passing with a success rate of 91.1%. He also amounted plenty of interceptions and key passes that should see him remain a pivotal element to Barca’s squad.

Moving forward, he is obviously not getting any younger and the introduction of Frenkieย De Jong could see him slowly get fewer minutes on the pitch. However, just like Daniel Parejo, he is showing no signs of slowing down.

3rd – Rodrigo Hernandez (ยฃ1.29) – 3,626

Often referred to as ‘Rodri’, the Spaniard became one of La Liga’s hottest prospects with an outstanding run of performances for Atletico Madrid. He has since moved to the Premier League Champions Manchester City in one of the biggest signings of the summer.

The 23-year-old has shot into the global eye after a more than impressive campaign with La Liga runners up, Atletico Madrid. Whilst his basic statistics don’t exactly impress with three goals and one assist – a delve deeper into his impact will showcase his importance on the pitch. The ex-Villareal man finished the 2018/19 season with a whopping 92.4% pass success rate and 72.5% long ball success rate. He also developed his defensive skills and averaged over 5.5 interceptions per match. Impressive.

This season, he is joining up with the Premier League Champions and Champions League favourites Manchester City. He will understand the competition for places is tough at the Etihad however with a full schedule he is sure to get his chance to impress the Citizens faithful.

WILDCARD – Arthur (ยฃ0.91)

Standing at just 5’6, the little Brazilian is making his mark at the Nou Camp. He featured 27 times for Barcelona and displayed his abilities as a young talent. At just 22 years old, Arthur still has plenty of learning to do and he fits in incredibly well at the Catalan giants – learning from some of the most cultured footballers around. He averaged a pass success rate of 93.9% and also calculated many successful dribbles.

This season, Arthur should see a similar amount of game time, if not more. Don’t let the signing of Frenkie De Jong fool you into thinking Arthur won’t play his part as both Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic are ageing. Whilst he may not excite Traders as much as other young hotshots, Arthur is sure to be a fine player for years to come.

 

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