Inside the Index: December 11

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The Champions League returned to our screens on Tuesday as the final round of group stage games  commenced, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Both Premier League sides progressed to the last 16 with Liverpool and Chelsea both recording wins. There was some drama in Chelsea’s group however as Valencia’s win over Ajax meant last season’s semi-finalists are now out the competition.

Group F provided even more excitement as Inter Milan’s 2-1 defeat to a Barcelona side without Lionel Messi – coupled with Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 win – meant the Serie A side missed out on the knockout stages, and will instead compete in the Europa League in the New Year.

Tuesday 10 December Silver Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Arkadiusz Milik (319) 4p
  • Top Forward: Arkadiusz Milik (319) 4p
  • Top Midfielder: Pizzi (295) 4p
  • Top Defender: Cesar Azpilicueta (265) 4p
  • Media: Mohamed Salah (660) 3p

Ahead of tonight’s remaining Champions League group games, here’s what’s happening on the Index.

Arkadiusz Milik (£1.28) Wins Star Player With Hat-Trick

Despite Napoli playing in the 5:55pm kick-off slot on Tuesday, it didn’t stop striker Arkadiusz Milik taking home the Star Player and Top Forward Dividends with his hat-trick against Genk.

The Polish striker opened his account in Europe this campaign in fine style with three of the goals in his side’s 4-0 win to see them through to the last 16 with minimal fuss,

His goal-laden Tuesday, coupled with the news of Carlo Ancelotti’s recent sacking as Napoli boss, has meant his price has increased by 19p in the last 24 hours. The 25-year-old actually has a very decent return this campaign with eight goals in nine games, so could be a player for Traders to consider.

Naby Keita (£1.94) Finally Finds His Feet

It hasn’t been an easy transition for Naby Keita following his £52.75m move from RB Leipzig to Liverpool, with injuries and lack of form meaning he’s never managed a proper run in the side.

With Jurgen Klopp rotating his squad however due to the amount of games Liverpool with play in December – nine to be precise – the recent form of Keita has been a positive for the Reds.

The 25-year-old has two goals and an assist in his last two games, with his price subsequently rising by 18p in the last 24 hours, as Traders appear to be backing the Guinean international to maintain both his place in the side and his recent upturn in form.

Tottenham Set to Ring the Changes Against Bayern Munich 

Tottenham Hotspur face Bayern Munich in their final Champions League group game this evening with very little to play for, as both sides are through to the last 16 and Bayern already confirmed as group winners. 

It means that Jose Mourinho is poised to rest a number of his big-name players and go with a more inexperienced side at the Allianz Arena, resulting in a couple of price increases for some of Spurs’ young players.

Troy Parrott (£2.14) is set to come in for Harry Kane and his price has increased by 32p in the past week. The Republic of Ireland international made his first Premier League appearance at the weekend, but will be desperate to impress on a much bigger platform if he starts this evening.

Another player on the up is Ryan Sessegnon (£2.02) who has enjoyed a more modest 4p increase, while Mourinho has heaped praise on him in the build-up this week by comparing him to Ashley Cole amid talk on his future position. 

And while there’s nothing to play for per se, Spurs will be wanting to avenge the humiliating 7-2 defeat they suffered at home to the Bundesliga side in October.

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