While November made way for December over the weekend, one thing that didn’t change was the amount of thrills and spills experienced across Europe.
Manchester City conceded further ground in the title race with a 2-2 draw against Newcastle United, while Liverpool and Leicester City enjoyed narrow wins. Freddie Ljungberg got his first taste as Arsenal manager – albeit in an interim capacity – as the Gunners stumbled to an unconvincing point against Norwich City, and Jose Mourinho continued his winning start as Tottenham manager with a 3-2 win over Bournemouth.
Elsewhere across Europe some late Lionel Messi magic saw Barcelona edge out Atletico Madrid. Bayern Munich interim boss Hansi Flick experienced his first loss as interim manager as Die Roten lost at home to Bayer Leverkusen, while it’s Inter Milan and not Juventus who currently occupy top spot in Serie A.
Friday 29 November Bronze Match Day Winners:
- Star Player: Dimitri Payet (257) 2p
- Top Forward: Pione Sisto (112) 2p
- Top Midfielder: Dimitri Payet (257) 2p
- Top Defender: Bouna Sara (160) 2p
- Media: Fabinho (1100) 3p
Saturday 30 November Gold Match Day Winners:
- Star Player: Josip Illic (287) 8p
- Top Forward: Wilfried Zaha (208) 8p
- Top Midfielder: Josip Illic (287) 8p
- Top Defender: Virgil van Dijk (260) 8p
- Media: Dele Alli (1000)
Sunday 1 December Gold Match Day Winners:
- Star Player: Theo Hernandez (252) 8p
- Top Forward: Ciro Immobile (234) 8p
- Top Midfielder: Unai Lopez (237) 8p
- Top Defender: Theo Hernandez (232) 8p
- Media: Lionel Messi (1280) 3p
With a full midweek schedule for both the Premier League and Ligue 1 to comprehend, here’s a glance at the latest activity across the Index.
Jack Grealish (£3.20) Reaches All-Time High Following Recent Displays
Aston Villa’s talisman, Jack Grealish, has starred for the Villains this season following their promotion from the Championship, with the 24-year-old churning out a number of impressive displays in recent weeks.
His latest offering was a brilliant curling strike against Manchester United to open the scoring in their 2-2 draw on Sunday. The goal capped an impressive display that saw him linked with a move to the Red Devils after the game, which has resulted in a notable price rise.
Grealish has now entered the £3 bracket on Football Index due to a 59p price increase in the past 24 hours, and if he maintains his recent level of performance, his share price will only continue to rise.
Late Heroics of Kelechi Iheanacho (£0.67) Sees Him Rise
Leicester looked set for a frustrating Sunday afternoon against Everton, which would’ve resulted in them losing further ground on current league-leaders Liverpool.
An assist for Jamie Vardy just six minutes after his substitution meant that Leicester looked at least good for a point, before his dramatic late winner sent the King Power Stadium into raptures.
As a result, the Nigerian international is currently the Index’s biggest riser, with his price going up by a staggering 61% following his late heroics. With the fixtures set to come thick and fast over the festive period, Iheanacho is likely to feature a lot more if he produces more displays like he did on Sunday.
Price Increases for Two of Serie A’s Most In-Form Forwards
Serie A looks set to be a lot more interesting than the typical Juventus procession fans have come to expect in previous seasons, mainly because Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan side currently sit above Juve at the top.
Part of their resurgence is down to the duo of Romelu Lukaku (£1.93) and Lautaro Martinez (£2.74) up front – who have 18 league goals between them this season. It’s the latter however who has enjoyed the price rise, by 8p to be precise, which is partly down to his recent form of six goals in his last five games for Inter.
The other Serie A forward who’s making waves on the Index is the league’s top scorer Ciro Immobile (£1.98). Having already netted 17 league goals this season, the 29-year-old’s price has gone up by 12p following his brace against Udinese on Sunday.
His goals have helped Lazio remain in with a shout of a first league title since 2000, as they’re just seven points behind current leaders Inter.
Lionel Messi (£6.39) Set for Back-to-Back Media Wins
Lionel Messi took the Media Dividends on Sunday thanks to his impressive late winner against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
Lionel Messi 😍
This incredible winning goal in last night's win over Atletico Madrid 🔥
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) December 2, 2019
It’s a goal we’ve seen Messi score countless times, yet doesn’t diminish how special the strike is, with many viewing it as the moment that saw the Argentine seal his sixth Ballon d’Or. That’s despite Virgil van Dijk (£2.74) scoring twice a day earlier to help Liverpool maintain their impressive lead at the summit of the Premier League.
Both Messi and Van Dijk are the two outstanding candidates for this year’s award, which will be announced later today, meaning that the two will feature heavily in the media over the next 24 hours or so.
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— Football Index (@FootballIndex) November 29, 2019
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