This weekend did not disappoint in footballing terms as there were thrills and spills right across Europe.
The big result in the Premier League came at the Etihad, with title-chasing Manchester City suffering a shock 2-1 loss to Manchester United to put them 14 points behind leaders Liverpool. It now means that Leicester City look to be the Reds’ main threat in the title race, as the Foxes enjoyed their eighth successive league win with a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa to stay eight points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side, who also won.
In Germany, Borussia Monchengladbach still occupy top spot in the Bundesliga following a dramatic 2-1 win over reigning champions Bayern Munich, with a last-minute penalty deciding the contest. RB Leipzig remain just a point behind the leaders however following their 3-1 win over Hoffenheim.
Meanwhile it’s a sense of familiarity both in Spain and France, as Barcelona and Real Madrid remain level on points at the summit of La Liga, while Paris Saint-Germain occupy top spot in Ligue 1.
Friday 6 December Silver Match Day Winners:
- Star Player: Memphis Depay (270) 4p
- Top Forward: Memphis Depay (270) 4p
- Top Midfielder: Filip Kostic (258) 4p
- Top Defender: Joachim Andersen (233) 4p
- Media: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (440) 3p
Saturday 7 December Gold Match Day Winners:
- Star Player: Lionel Messi (350) 8p
- Top Forward: Lionel Messi (350) 8p
- Top Midfielder: Jadon Sancho (316) 8p
- Top Defender: Guillermo Maripan (267) 8p
- Media: Fred (1580) 3p
Sunday 8 December Gold Match Day Winners:
- Star Player: Sebastian Andersson (289) 8p
- Top Forward: Sebastian Andersson (289) 8p
- Top Midfielder: James Maddison (237) 8p
- Top Defender: Cristian Ansaldi (246) 8p
- Media: Fred (750) 3p
Here’s a look at the latest activity across the Index.
Marcus Rashford (£4.89) & James Maddison (£4.89) Produce Great Weekend Displays
The future for England’s national team looks incredibly bright, with two of those players that are set to feature heavily for the Three Lions in the coming years producing standout displays in the Premier League.
Rashford got the ball rolling in the Manchester derby with the opening goal from the spot in the 2-1 win, while he was unlucky not to double his tally when he struck the bar from the edge of the area not long after.
His pace and technical ability were simply too much for City at the Etihad, which explains why his price has increasing by 12p in the past 24 hours and 57p in the past week, as United recorded back-to-back victories against Tottenham Hotspur and City.
Another English talent to star this weekend was Leicester’s James Maddison, who provided an assist for Jonny Evans in the 4-1 win over Villa, but remained a constant creative threat throughout the course of the game.
It’s meant his price has also gone up by 12p since the weekend, and will likely be a key player for the Foxes as they look to hunt down Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.
Lionel Messi (£6.10) Suffers Price Drop Despite Terrific Week
Last week proved to be a great one for Lionel Messi. 24 hours after scoring the late winner against Atletico Madrid, he claimed his sixth Ballon d’Or title, before following that up with his 35th La Liga hat-trick in the 5-2 win over Mallorca on Saturday.
Sunday – Late winner against Atletico Madrid ⚽️
Monday – Wins SIXTH Ballon d’Or title 🏆
Today – Nets screamer to put Barca 2-0 up against Mallorca 🔥
— Football Index (@FootballIndex) December 7, 2019
Despite his incredible week, it appears that Traders aren’t backing the Argentine, with his price decreasing by an astonishing 15p in the last 24 hours.
Maybe it’s due to his age, what with him being 32, but considering that he’s currently La Liga’s top scorer with 12 goals – in just ten games – as well as recording five assists, it doesn’t appear that his powers will diminish any time soon.
Kelechi Iheanacho (£1.06) Enjoys Significant Price Rise Once Again
A week on from his heroics against Everton – when he scored and provided an assist from the bench in a 2-1 win – Kelechi Iheanacho was at the double once against on Sunday against Aston Villa.
Fantastic performance from the team. Happy to get another goal and assist. 8 wins in a row that’s it 💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/EC3RiP2FoQ
— Kelechi Iheanacho (@67Kelechi) December 8, 2019
Starting alongside Jamie Vardy, the Nigerian international again got himself on the scoresheet and provided the assist for the first of his strike partner’s two goals in the win to keep Leicester eight points behind Liverpool in the title race.
It appears that Traders are backing the striker as we head into the busy festive period, with Iheanacho’s price rising by 29p in the past 24 hours – which works out at a 36% increase. If Brendan Rodgers continues to rotate his squad in the coming weeks, then Traders who have him in their portfolio will be hoping for similar performances as his last two in the Premier League.